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: Fridays: September 13, 2019-June 19, 2020, 8:15-9:15 am
Taught by Jewish Educator Dr. Rachel Rosenthal
Explore one of the most radical rabbinic texts in all of Judaism, the Talmud. This year, we will be examining what it means to be a responsible person in a larger society.
Location: Main Sanctuary
From: Friday, October 25, 6:00 pm
Last year, on October 27, we witnessed unspeakable horror at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue. The murder of 11 innocent Jews at prayer represented the worst of humanity.
The following weekend, we saw a better side, when millions of people of all faiths rallied around AJC’s #ShowUpForShabbat initiative, packing synagogues in what became the largest-ever expression of solidarity with the American Jewish community. At Central Synagogue’s Friday night Shabbat service, we had a full house.
On the one-year anniversary of this event, we come together once again to #ShowUpForShabbat, honor the victims, and raise our collective voice for a world free of anti-Semitism, hate and bigotry.
Join Central Synagogue and show your support for the #ShowUpForShabbat initiative; all are welcome, those of all faiths, and those of none.
You can also join us on Sunday, October 27 from 10:00-11:00 am to take action and show support on Day of Action Against Anti-Semitism. We are honored to be hosting a special commemoration event that will mark the anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting, honor the victims, and declare of Day of Action Against Anti-Semitism. The event will bring together members of faith communities and cultural organizations, public officials, including Attorney General Letitia James, and special invited guests, as well as many others, with some still to be confirmed. Our partners in this event include AJC New York, the UJA Federation of New York, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and a large number of Jewish congregations and organizations.
Attendees must register in advance.
Location: Community House
From: 6:00 pm - 7:30pm
For Members Pre-K to 5th Grade
Shabbat Yeladim (Children’s Shabbat) is a program for our young LCLJ learners in pre-K to 5th Grades. Drop off your child(ren) with us in the Community House and we’ll provide an age-appropriate, fun, creative, and meaningful Shabbat experience while you attend our Main Sanctuary service. Each week will include a Kabbalat Shabbat service, a teaching on the week’s Torah portion and upcoming holidays, and/or a unique and exciting program facilitated by different URJ Camps. Drop-off and dinner begin at 5:45 pm followed by a short service at 6:00 pm.
For a complete list of dates, visit the Shabbat for Kids & Families.
Any questions? Contact Merissa Hochberg.
Location: Lindenbaum Pavilion
From: Friday, October 25, 6:30 pm
Join us for our first 20s & 30s Shabbat evening of 5780. We’re planning an awesome evening with Tacombi tacos, fall-themed cocktails, and of course, homemade challah. Rabbi Hilly Haber, our Director of Social Justice Organizing and Education, will join us to speak about the work Central is doing to fight mass incarceration and ways you can get involved in our social justice initiatives. Register by October 20 for early bird pricing.
6:30 pm: Cocktails
7:00 pm: Service
8:00 pm: Dinner and Drinks