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.
Currently, our volunteers are helping to distribute pre-made sandwiches and other “to-go” items from the doors in front of the Pavilion entrance. Social distancing is observed and a contactless pickup system for the food has been arranged.
Location: Community House
From: Thursdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
If you are interested in learning more, please email Carolyn Roesler at [email protected] or (212) 838-5122 Ext. 3043 and she’ll put you in touch with the program’s lay leaders. English in Action is not currently accepting new volunteers, but they are always happy to talk to people about the program and add to their list of prospective volunteers.
Location: Lindenbaum Pavilion
From: Thursday, May 2; 6:00 pm
Central’s clergy reflect upon contemporary issues through the lens of Jewish text and tradition. Each evening will begin with dinner, followed by an hour of learning and discussion. Come with your CORE Group or on your own, these discussions are a wonderful way to continue to get to know both the clergy and your fellow members.
Join Rabbi Lori Koffman for our next session where we will explore reproductive health and the Jewish tradition. With many states introducing “heartbeat bills,” and New York state passing the landmark Reproductive Health Act, there has been a good deal of controversy in the news lately regarding abortion and family planning. Come hear what Jewish tradition has to say about these issues, and how the national debate raises some serious concerns around the First Amendment’s separation of Church and State. Dinner will be served.
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