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: Main Sanctuary
From: Friday, January 18, 6:00 pm
Help us celebrate Dr. King’s legacy on this rare convergence of our MLK Shabbat and Shabbat Shira. We’re thrilled to welcome Rev. Dr. Amy Butler of The Riverside Church in Harlem. Dr. Kin g often spoke at Riverside Church, where he gave one of his most famous speeches “Beyond Vietnam.” There will also be special performances by Riverside’s gospel choir and Central’s teen choir.
Rev. Butler is the first woman to serve as Senior Minister at The Riverside Church and was previously the first woman to lead the historic Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. In addition to her role at Riverside, she recently authored a memoir published in February 2018.