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
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 email@example.com 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.
Location: Community House, 5th Floor
From: Thursdays, January 11 - March 01, 6:00 pm
Have you sat through worship at Central wondering why everyone around you was bowing? What the Hebrew words mean? If we believe our prayers actually make change in the world? If so, join us for this introductory course on Jewish prayer. Over the course of six sessions we will consider these and other foundational questions. No prerequisite. This class is free and open to members and non-members
Location: Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, 130 East 59th Street
From: Thursday, January 25, 6:00 pm
It’s all anyone is talking about. The world is changing before our eyes with each day, each hour bringing new revelations and giving hope that sexual harassment as we’ve always known it (and to some extent accepted) is no more. Hope that we might bequeath to our daughters, granddaughters, sons, and grandsons a world of equality and opportunity. We are all struggling – personally and communally – with how to respond, what actions to take, how to add our voice to what at times feels like a revolution. And now, in addition to the arts community from Hollywood to the ballet, and the tech industry from large companies to start-ups, misconduct in the Jewish community is coming to the fore. In the Jewish communal world, we have an obligation to create safe, respectful workplaces that are free from gender abuse and harassment. It is our ethical responsibility and our moral imperative.
Taking place Thursday, January 25, 2018, from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the office of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, 130 East 59th Street, NYC, Revealing #metoo As #we too in Jewish Communal Life: An Evening of Discussion and Action will include reading of stories from those who have experienced gender harassment and abuse and a facilitated discussion about the topic where we can have our questions answered and take individual and collective action. Click here if you’d like to share your own story. The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning about gender harassment and abuse in the Jewish community.
Location: Central Synagogue Community House
From: 7:00 pm - 9:00pm
This event is open to members and non-members between the ages of 21-39 • RSVP Required
Don’t let your Sunday school experience scare you off! For years a group of 20’s and 30’s have been meeting to unwind with some wine at the end of the day, eat some dinner, and do a bit of dynamic Jewish study. No prior knowledge necessary and all are welcome. Space is limited please RSVP below.