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: 5:00 pm - 6:00pm
Families with Children ages 0-5 • Open to All • No RSVP Required
Shabbat Central, formerly known as Tot Shabbat, provides a warm, exciting, and accessible Shabbat experience for your entire family. Geared to families of children from birth to age five, Shabbat Central is led by an experienced musician and children’s service leader along with members of the Family Engagement department and Early Childhood department staff. Children and families gather together for song, prayer, movement, stories, and fun. Following the service, a light meal is served.
Open to all – no RSVP required.
For a complete list of dates, visit the Shabbat for Kids & Families page.
Any questions? Contact Amy Martin.
Location: Shabbat Dinners across New York City
From: Friday, January 25
Join us on Friday, January 25, where we hope to engage all ages in one of our special Shabbat is Central dinners or events, as a part of Joy is Central.
Members of all ages, across the congregation, will experience the joy of Shabbat together. Click here to explore and find the right dinner for you. Please register by January 18.
Would you like to host a dinner? It’s not too late. You can still sign up to host a dinner in your home and bring joy to others. You can choose to invite people you know, or use the opportunity to meet new friends and faces – it’s up to you. Sign-up here. Hosts will receive a bag of Shabbat essentials to enhance your experience, including a beautiful set of blessing cards designed by Central clergy and Israeli artist, Eli Kaplan-Wildmann .