Thursday, January 17, 2019

6 am
1 event

Breakfast Program

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.

Sign up is required in advance to volunteer. For more information or to sign up, contact


10 am
2 events

Genealogy Exploration

Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street

From: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 10:00 am


Join us for a workshop on how to research our Jewish ancestry, as well as a guided tour of the museum. Our museum visit will be followed by lunch at a nearby venue (lunch is not included in the program fee). Due to space limitations at the museum, enrollment is limited to 27 participants. If there is an overwhelming response we will happily schedule a second visit.

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English in Action

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 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.


5 pm
1 event

Central Challah Bake

Location: Lindenbaum Pavilion

From: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 5:00 pm


Get a taste of Shabbat and connect with your Central community as you discover the ins and outs of Challah baking. We’ll learn this simple, fun, and yummy tradition with Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal. A pizza dinner will be provided.

Please note: This is a family event, so children must be accompanied by an adult.

Challah will contain gluten and eggs.

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6 pm
1 event

The Ethical Life

Location: Community House, Room 903

From: Thursdays, January 10 – March 14, 6:00 pm


Taught by Joe Septimus

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.

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