Location: Pavilion Door
From: Thursdays & Fridays, 6:30-7:30am
Update: In order to maintain the safety of guests and volunteers during the COVID-19 Crisis, the Breakfast Program is currently operating on a “grab-and-go” basis; guests receive a “to-go” bag of food and drink at the Pavilion door. Staff, security, volunteers, and guests maintain a six-foot distance from one another. Additionally, if you are interested and comfortable volunteering for the Breakfast Program during this time, please contact the email below.
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: Tuesdays, June 26 - July 24 & August 2, 5:00 pm
Does anybody have a map? That’s what the parents in the musical “Dear Evan Hansen” ask the universe when they are struggling with issues related to their struggling kids. Whether we are on our own, parents, children, or spouses dealing with issues that were not part of our original vision for ourselves, we all can use help finding the strength within. In this class, we will explore our relationships with God, the meaning of God to us personally, and modes of developing a personal vocabulary to connect with that Higher Power through both traditional and modern texts.
Location: Community House
From: Tuesdays, June 26 - July 24 & August 2, 6:15 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
Your tax-deductible contribution to our Annual Yom Kippur Appeal will provide for Central’s exceptional educational, community, and spiritual programs and help enrich the Jewish experience of our members and the community-at-large.