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: Main Sanctuary
From: Fridays at 6pm & Saturdays at 9:30am
Join our congregation for festive Shabbat worship, always open to the public.
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Location: Main Sanctuary
From: 6:00 pm - 7:30pm
The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us that we are part of the Beloved Community. Our fate and future is intertwined with all other peoples – what affects one part of humanity affects us all. On this MLK Shabbat, we will think about how we create the beloved community today, as people of faith, in a time of great polarization, fear, racism, ant-semitism and Islamophobia. Join us as we honor Dr. King’s legacy by educating ourselves and moving toward action. We will be joined at services by Imam Talib M. Shareef, President and Imam of the historic Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad, a prominent African American mosque in Washington, D.C., who will discuss how we can be a part of building the America that we aspire to live in. A brief Q&A will follow at the oneg after services.
Imam Talib M. Shareef is President and Imam of the historic Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad, a prominent African American mosque in Washington, D.C. He is the vice chair and national chaplain of the Muslim Veterans Association, after having served in the U.S. Air Force for over 30 years. He participated as the primary Imam in the Abuja Peace Declaration organized by the International Global Peace Foundation and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria. He is President of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, and was the first Imam with military service to offer a prayer at an opening session of the U.S. Congress. Under the high patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco, Imam Shareef received the Kingdom’s highest Royal Medal and honor for his outstanding interfaith leadership. He has been honored at the White House and has spoken at the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security, and at peace conventions in Northern Ireland, South America, South Korea, and South Africa.
Shabbat worship services are always open to the public.
You can also watch our Shabbat services via live stream – click here for more ways to join.