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.
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.