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: April 26 at 6:30 pm
Within days, in June 1967, Jerusalem was transformed; from a small, divided and threatened small town, it became a large metropolis, under Israel’s control. The unification of Jerusalem radically changed the city’s character. The residents, regardless of their religious or ethnic composition, were sharing in the new city that was now managed by Israel, euphoric and triumphalist. Join Dr. Elan Ezrachi, the author of Awakened Dream - 50 Years of Complex Unification of Jerusalem, and a third generation native of Jerusalem as he shares his personal experiences and key benchmarks and trends that shaped the country’s current political situation.