Friday, November 8, 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: 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.

Join anytime! No registration required.


5 pm
1 event


Location: Beir Chapel, Community House

From: Friday, November 8, 2019, 5:45 pm


If your child joined the LCLJ community for the first time this year, we would like to invite your family to a Consecration service with Rabbi Buchdahl on Friday, November 8th.

Consecration is when we celebrate the beginning of Jewish learning in a child’s life. The Shabbat service will be held at 5:45 pm in Beir Chapel, and will include special blessings and gift of a small Torah for each child.

Please note: If you have more than one child who is new to the LCLJ this year, you should complete a separate form for each child.The special message or blessing that you write for your child will be included along with the Torah they receive at the service. If you have questions or to register, please contact Becca Greenspan



6 pm
1 event

Shabbat Worship and Festive Oneg

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.

Following services, please joins us for our festive Oneg. After Shabbat services we’ll get in the mood for our upcoming 180th anniversary performance with delectable foods from the Lower East Side and a song from the show! Still not exactly sure what our upcoming performance extravaganza, “Our Future is Central,” is all about? This musical celebration of tragedy, trials, and chutzpah will tell the story of Central Synagogue, from the Lower East Side to today. You won’t want to miss this special night. Learn more on how to buy tickets »


7 pm
1 event

Festive Oneg Celebrating 180 Years at Central

Location: Lindenbaum Pavilion

From: Friday, November 8, 7:30 pm


Join with Central clergy and fellow members after Shabbat services for a very special festive Oneg and sample typical delicacies our forefathers and foremothers enjoyed on the streets of the Lower East Side. Whether you’re noshing on a pickle or sampling a knish, we’ll get into the historical spirit as we approach the big day for our 180th year celebration at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, November 12. Don’t have your tickets yet? Visit our website today!