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: Thursdays, October 24 – November 21, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Taught by Marion Lev Cohen
With political, religious, and cultural tensions in Israel at an all-time high, we will examine the ideas of nationalism, ultra-nationalism, racism, and religious fanaticism, and how they are currently threatening Israel as a Jewish and Democratic state. The class will also explore how these developments impact American Jews at a time of rising anti-Semitism, identity politics, and anti-Israel sentiment. Members: $125 Non-Members: $175