Thursday, December 19, 2019

6 am
1 event

Breakfast Program

Location: Pavilion

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.

Currently, our volunteers are helping to distribute pre-made sandwiches and other “to-go” items from the doors in front of the Pavilion entrance. Social distancing is observed and a contactless pickup system for the food has been arranged.

Sign up is required in advance to volunteer. For more information or to sign up, contact [email protected].


6 pm
1 event

Film Screening, Reception, and Q&A, “The Song of Names” with Cantor Daniel Mutlu

Location: Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, Carole Zabar Center for Film, 334 Amsterdam Avenue

From: Thursday, December 19, 2019, 6:00 pm reception, 7:00 pm screening



Preview the new motion picture “The Song of Names,” starring none other than our own Cantor Mutlu playing a (red-bearded!) rabbi. In addition to Cantor Mutlu, Academy Award nominees Clive Owen and Tim Roth star in this epic detective story set during World War II, spread over two continents and half a century. Beneath the film’s stunning and emotional conclusion burns the horrors of a war and the lost souls extinguished from history, and a song that speaks the unspeakable.

Join before the film for a Central-members-only reception with Cantor Mutlu, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, and Rabbi Nicole Auerbach, and after the film for a short Q&A with film representatives. Call the JCC at (646) 505-5708 to purchase tickets. Central members should use the discount code they received in the Weekly to benefit from reduced ticket prices for this event.

RSVP to the reception.

About the Film

François Girard’s (The Red Violin) latest film, The Song Of Names, will open in NY & LA on December 25th, 2019.

The Song Of Names stars Tim Roth and Clive Owen in a deeply moving story about friendship, betrayal, revelations and reconciliation that unfolds over two continents and a half-century. Beneath the film’s stunning and pulsing musical revelations burn the horror of a war and the lost souls extinguished from history.

The Song Of Names is the story of two boys brought together on the eve of World War II. Martin is the son of a successful music publisher. Dovidl is a nine-year-old violin prodigy from Warsaw who arrives in London to study, while living with Martin’s family. With Dovidl’s family trapped in Nazi-occupied Poland, the two boys form a symbiotic relationship, so close that they hardly know where one persona begins and the other ends.

A decade later, Dovidl has become a member of the family. Hours before his debut concert performance at the age of 21, with the aspirations of the family on his shoulders, Dovidl vanishes without a trace. Thirty-five years later, a young violinist shows Martin, now in his late 50s, a gesture he could only have picked up from Dovidl. The revelation sets him on the trail to an astounding act of self-discovery and renewal. Martin finally finds his lost ‘brother,’ changed in ways that he could never have imagined.

The film is produced by Robert Lantos, Lyse Lafontaine and Nick Hirschkorn. Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener) wrote the screenplay, based on the award-winning novel by Norman Lebrecht. The original score is by Howard Shore. Ray Chen performs the violin solos.

Watch the trailer.

View cast and crew.


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