Friday, May 31, 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


8 am
1 event

Alper Talmud Study

Location: Community House

From: Fridays; 8:15-9:15am


Taught by Dena Weiss

Explore one of the most radical rabbinic texts in all of Judaism, the Babylonian Talmud. The class will delve into the Talmudic texts that serve as a paradigm for Jewish innovation and rabbinic creativity and we’ll use them to discover the profound roots of our modern-day faith.

Join anytime! No regiration required.


5 pm
1 event

Take Action on Immigration Reform – Write a Postcard In Support of the Green Light NY Campaign

Location: Lindenbaum Pavilion Lobby

From: Friday, May 31, 5:00 pm


Heed the call to support the “stranger” and help save lives; show our support for granting driver’s licenses to all, and make the roads safer for all New Yorkers, by writing a postcard to our state legislative leaders and governor. We join with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in the campaign to expand access to driver’s licenses to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, enabling immigrants to legally register and insure their vehicles and obtain and carry identification. This not only makes the road safer for everyone, it also allows members of a vulnerable population to seek medical attention or bring kids to school without fear. Join us for this powerful opportunity to make a difference with this immigration reform initiative.