If you are an artist, author, educator, or rabbi interested in presenting at Central Synagogue, we invite you to submit a request online. While we are unable to respond to each request individually, please note that all requests are read and evaluated.
Interested in creating connections with fellow congregants? Looking to strengthen your Jewish literacy in a pressure-free environment and feel empowered to bring meaningful Jewish practice into your home? Melton is an internationally renowned program for adult Jewish study designed for all levels of Jewish knowledge and practice. Join us for the coming year of Melton and come away with confidence and community!
We will explore selected teachings from Torah, Talmud, Midrash, medieval, modern and contemporary sources. Our texts and discussions will enhance and deepen our appreciation of life’s wisdom and Jewish values. All texts will be in English. No prior text study experience required.
Join award winning poet for a unique experience of studying the weekly Torah portions of Genesis. In this special series, you will look closely at those themes in each parsha which reflect the human condition as we experience it here and now, and you will have the opportunity to read related poems and write your own. No prior poetry or Judaic knowledge required. This class is free and open to both members and nonmembers of Central Synagogue.
South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is home to hipsters and Chasidic Jews alike. In fact, it is the capital neighborhood of the Satmar Chasidic community. Join us on a fascinating tour through this continuously transforming area of Brooklyn. Along the way, we will learn about its history and culture. Our tour will conclude with a meal at a fantastic deli, one of the best kept secrets among the great eateries of New York.
This class will explore narratives featuring Jewish women protagonists. We will explore the challenges these narratives have posed over time and the dynamic impact they continue to have on Jewish identity.
Members: $100 • Non-members: $150
This class explores the current relationship between Israel and world Jewry. The course will explore core issues such as Israel as the sovereign expression of Jewish peoplehood, as the Homeland of the Jewish People, Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, religious pluralism and human rights.
The Prohibition-era gangsters Meir Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, and Arnold Rothstein were all prominently featured in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. While the show was set in Atlantic City, their base of operations in the criminal under world was here in New York, and the city itself played an essential role in their organizations. We will see where these Jewish criminals engaged in their nefarious activities and discuss the issues of power, ethics, and acculturation that ensued.
This class will explore the origins of Jewish music and its subsequent development to the modern day. Distinct major periods of Jewish music will be illuminated and discussed.
Combatants for Peace is a bi-national, grassroots movement of Israelis and Palestinians who lead a non-violent struggle against the occupation, and support a peaceful solution for all peoples in Israel and Palestine. Co-founders of the organization were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, 2017. The Combatants are coming to speak, to tell their personal stories of transformation from violence to nonviolence. We will have two speakers: one Israeli and one Palestinian, and a screening of a short clip of their recent award-winning documentary, Disturbing the Peace.
Discover what made the period of Jewish music from 1890-1950 one of the greatest artistic achievements in our tradition.
Registration required – join anytime.