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
From: Thursdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
Volunteer tutors meet one-on-one each week with their assigned student for two hours of self-directed conversation. Those who are tutored may be students here for graduate studies, or spouses of UN or corporate employees, as well as immigrants hoping to obtain American citizenship. The tutors learn as much about their students’ countries and cultures as the students learn about the US. Lasting bonds are often formed between tutors and students. This program is put on in coordination with the English-Speaking Union, which helps foreigners in New York City feel at home with our language and culture. If you are interested in learning more, please email Carolyn Roesler at email@example.com 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: Community House, Room 903
From: Thursdays, January 10 – March 14, 6:00 pm
The Ethical Life is about you – your uniqueness, your choices, your community, your informed inclinations, your personal imperatives, and the questions you choose to ask. The JTS Curriculum will be our spring-board to explore various conceptual, contemporary, and practical ethical issues.
Location: Lindenbaum Pavilion
From: Thursdays, Jan. 10; Feb. 7; Mar. 7; Apr. 4; 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 us January 10 for Rabbi Mo Salth’s session entitled, Judaism and Judah: What Our Namesake Can Teach Us About Accountability and Leadership. This session explores the dramatic and sordid life of Judah. Why were our people named after such a character? Learn what Judah’s story can teach us about the standards that our tradition holds for each of us, for society, and for the leaders of our land.