Thursday, November 16, 2017

6 am
1 event

Breakfast Program

Location: Lese Lobby

From: Thursdays & Fridays, 6:00-7:30am


The Breakfast Program, formerly known as the Caring Committee Feeding Program, is among Central Synagogue’s longest ongoing social justice projects. Originally conceived and implemented by longtime congregant Nat Shapiro in 1983, the Breakfast Program was started in response to Mayor Koch’s outcry for New York City’s religious institutions to respond to an exploding homeless and hungry problem. Today, many clients of the Breakfast Program are working poor who greatly appreciate and regularly rely on the warm, nutritious start to their day. Volunteers assemble every Thursday and Friday morning in Lese Lobby (Community House) to prepare and serve the most important meal of the day. A bag lunch is also handed out to clients. These lunches are prepared the prior evening as part of Central Synagogue’s Sandwich Making Program. Volunteers must be in the 6th grade or older; those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sign up is required in advance to volunteer. For more information or to sign up, contact


10 am
1 event

English in Action

Location: Community House

From: Thursdays, 10:30am-12:30pm


Volunteer tutors meet one-on-one each week with their assigned student for two hours of self-directed conversation. Those who are tutored may be students here for graduate studies, or spouses of UN or corporate employees, as well as immigrants hoping to obtain American citizenship. The tutors learn as much about their students’ countries and cultures as the students learn about the US. Lasting bonds are often formed between tutors and students. This program is put on in coordination with the English-Speaking Union, which helps foreigners in New York City feel at home with our language and culture. If you are interested in learning more, please email Hallie Isquith at and she’ll put you in touch with the program’s lay leaders. English in Action is not currently accepting new volunteers, but they are always happy to talk to people about the program and add to their list of prospective volunteers.


5 pm
1 event

Book Discussion: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Location: Pavilion

From: 5:30 pm - 7:00pm


In the book’s foreword by Dr. Verghesee, he suggests not only reading When Breath Becomes Air, but also “listening to the overwhelming response it prompts in you”. I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option.” We agree with Dr. Verghese and invite you to join us for a reflective discussion about this New York Times bestselling memoir, led by our congregant Susan Schlechter, PhD. As part of Central’s What Matters Initiative, we will explore the author’s insightful reflections on living a life of meaning in the face of one’s mortality. The sessions are independent from each other and we hope to see many new faces for this meaningful gathering.

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