Friday, June 28, 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


7 pm
1 event

LGBTQ+ Shabbat Dinner

Location: Lindenbaum Pavilion

From: Friday, June 28, 2019, 7:30 pm


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising, and as New York welcomes WorldPride this summer, Central is proud to invite you, your friends, and family, to a special Shabbat dinner in celebration and support of our LGBTQ community.

In addition to a festive meal and wonderful company, we will be joined by a special speaker, Seth M. Marnin, the Chair of Keshet, and the former Vice President for Civil Rights at the ADL.

Marnin will lead us in a discussion about the the significant gains that have been made over the past decade for LGBTQ+ people, and the recent erosion of these achievements—often under the guise of “religious freedom.” He will ask us to consider what we learn from our texts, values, and traditions and how these lessons have been exploited.

This event is open to all. Ticket price is $25. Click link below to learn more and buy tickets.

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