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.
Location: Community House, room 503
From: Fridays | 8:15-9:15am
Explore one of the most radical rabbinic texts in all of Judaism, the Babylonian Talmud. The class will delve into the Talmudic texts that serve as a paradigm for Jewish innovation and rabbinic creativity and we’ll use them to discover the profound roots of our modern-day faith.
Location: Community House
From: 5:00 pm - 6:00pm
Families with Children ages 0-5 • Open to All • No RSVP Required
Shabbat Central, formerly known as Tot Shabbat, provides a warm, exciting, and accessible Shabbat experience for your entire family. Geared to families of children from birth to age five, Shabbat Central is led by an experienced musician and children’s service leader along with members of the clergy and Early Childhood Department staff. Children and families gather together for song, prayer, movement, stories, and fun. Following the service, a light meal is served.
Open to all – no RSVP required.
For a complete list of dates, visit the Shabbat for Kids & Families page.
Any questions? Contact Erin Bouchard.
Location: Main Sanctuary
From: Fridays at 6pm & Saturdays at 9:30am
Join our congregation for festive Shabbat worship, always open to the public.
You can also watch our Shabbat services via live stream – click here for more ways to join.
From: 6:00 pm - 7:30pm
Children Grades K-5, Open to Central Synagogue Members
Drop off your child(ren) with us and while you attend our Main Sanctuary service, we’ll provide an age-appropriate, fun, creative, and meaningful Shabbat experience downstairs in our Pavilion. Shabbat Yeladim programs will run 6:00-7:30pm (or when services in the Sanctuary conclude) and each week will include a Kabbalat Shabbat service with guest appearances from our clergy, a teaching on the week’s torah portion and upcoming holidays, and a unique and exciting theme (magic, Cupcake Wars, Bowling, and more!) with an accompanying activity.
For a complete list of dates, visit the Shabbat for Kids & Families.
Any questions? Contact Lily Goldstein.
Location: Lese Lobby
From: Friday, December 15, After Services
LCLJ Families Grades K-6 • $20 per family • RSVP Required
Shabbat Dinners are a way for families to do Shabbat together. It gives them another, possibly more accessible, reason to come to services and to have a family Shabbat experience.