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
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: Various locations
From: Fridays, October 18 - November 15, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Taught by Central’s Rabbinic Intern Sarah Berman
Jews have always shaped and been shaped by the places we have lived. Jews in New York City are no different, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries. Over this five-week course, we will explore the modern Jewish history of New York City through the stories of key individuals and the places that defined them. Our first meeting will convene at Central Synagogue; each subsequent week will take place elsewhere in Manhattan. Together, we will explore museums, synagogues, and other historic buildings. Members: $125; Non-Members: $175
Location: Lindenbaum Pavilion
From: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
For our fall Chai Connections event and in celebration of our 180th anniversary, embark with us on a virtual journey through time and place to our synagogue’s Lower-East-Side roots. The evening will begin with a Pre-Oneg, followed by a special presentation that will introduce Central as an evolving Jewish community and will be led by Tenement Museum President Emeritus, Dr. Morris Vogel, with our very own Rabbinic Intern, Sarah Berman. During the presentation we will discuss the tenements, settlement houses, playgrounds, and public schools where Central members (mostly women) tried to help new immigrants make their way in new and often difficult circumstances.
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: Main Sanctuary
From: 6:00 pm - 7:30pm
Join our congregation for festive Shabbat worship, always open to the public.
You can also watch our Shabbat services via live stream – click here for more ways to join.