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, January 23 – March 26, 2020, 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Taught by Jewish Educator Joe Septimus
Together we will examine what it means to live in “Jewish time.” Using ancient, medieval, and modern texts we will explore the transformative power of Shabbat and the Jewish holidays, and why the rituals of the past still have meaning and importance in today’s world. Members: $150; Non-members: $175
Location: Lindenbaum Pavilion
From: Thursday, February 13, 6:00 pm
Join the Central In Action Team, along with Rabbis Angela Buchdahl, Nicole Auerbach, and Hilly Haber, for a night of revelation and storytelling as we launch Central’s newest advocacy campaign: the reinstatement of the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for men and women who are incarcerated in New York State.
This bill would grant thousands of men and women access to higher education, a measure which has proven to reduce recidivism rates and increase safety within prisons.
Together we will learn about the ways in which access to higher education in prison has the power to transform lives. Special guests will include Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., Sean Pica, Executive Director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, and Ivelisse Gilestra, Community Organizer at the College and Community Fellowship.
Snacks and beverages will be served.
Your tax-deductible contribution to our Annual Yom Kippur Appeal will provide for Central’s exceptional educational, community, and spiritual programs and help enrich the Jewish experience of our members and the community-at-large.