Saturday, December 12, 2020

9 am
3 events

Shabbat Worship

Location: Virtual

From: 9:30 am - 11:00am


You can watch our Shabbat services via live stream – click here for more ways to join.


The Mishkan: Celebrate Shabbat with Study and Song

Location: Virtual

From: 9:30 am - 11:00am


Central members interested in joining our Mishkan service can email us at [email protected] for information on how to connect.

This bi-monthly intimate, musical, and participatory service features a deeper dive into the Shabbat morning prayers. Using Mishkan T’filah as our guide, we will explore different modes of prayer, using both traditional and new music, readings, and prayer practices. Each service will offer the opportunity for Torah study. Join with an open, supportive community to “unplug,” reflect, learn and find new meaning in tradition. Our Central clergy will lead this service in rotation. All are welcome.

Upcoming Dates:
  • Saturday, January 2, 2020 at 9:30am - 11:00am
  • Saturday, January 23, 2020 at 9:30am - 11:00am
  • Saturday, January 30, 2020 at 9:30am - 11:00am
  • Saturday, February 13, 2020 at 9:30am - 11:00am
  • Saturday, February 27, 2020 at 9:30am - 11:00am

  • Here’s what our members have to say about The Mishkan:

    Two months ago, I attended my first Mishkan service and was immediately drawn to the warm and intimate setting that the clergy and the members (many of whom are regulars) have created.  The service has a beautiful cadence that gives me the opportunity to pray, to reflect, and to study Torah in a thoughtful and sometimes spirited discussion. Mishkan has become a very special part of my week, a way to worship with clergy members that I didn’t know well and who give so much of themselves every Saturday morning to making the service a deeply personal experience.  I would recommend grabbing a Starbucks on Lex and attending a service that will give you a greater appreciation of Judaism and Central. – Lee Stettner

    What a wonderful way to begin a Saturday – sitting in a semi-circle with Central friends (some new, some old), hearing such prayerful music, parsing a Torah portion together, and being in such close contact with our own spiritual leaders – sheer bliss!  And for new and wait-list members who are looking for a way to feel at home at Central, it’s a perfect way to meet people and get to know our clergy.  Saturday morning doesn’t replace Friday night services for me, it just adds additional joy to my life. – Audrey Zucker

    If you can imagine a warmer welcoming place than the sanctuary at Central, which is hard to do, then the only thing that fills the bill is the Mishkan service.  It’s a combination of meaningful prayer, and deep torah study that only can be accomplished in a small intimate setting. Personally, I feel more connected to my Jewish roots.  It also enables me to get to know other congregants better.  I am so glad that this blessing was started, and I hope it continues for a long, long time. – Laura Strauss

    The Mishkan worship experience takes place in a smaller area in the Community House in a semi-circle, all of us seated and facing each other in rows.

    Immediately there is a closeness to this gathering that allows the intention of worship and prayer to begin to happen with song, musical instruments, words.  This shabbat service worship service both expands and contracts the more formal service in the synagogue.  Yes, it is the quieter, smaller, more intimate flow that encourages deep connection to the texts, chanted and spoken. This very careful planning by the clergy allows the ease with which we move into a rich, joyful Shabbat worship experience.  It is addictive! (in a good way)—Susan Levin Schlechter

    Experiencing Shabbat morning prayer in an intimate setting with more time for Torah study and musical exploration, led by amazing clergy and shaliach tzibur, has added immeasurably to the spiritual breadth of my Jewish observance.  There are many ways to experience communal prayer and the Mishkan service wonderfully complements Central’s other Shabbat services.  – Karen Chaikin


    B’nei Mitzvah Service

    From: 9:30 am - 1:00pm


    You can watch our services via live stream – click here for more ways to join.


    11 am
    1 event

    Shabbat Worship

    Location: Virtual

    From: 11:30 am - 1:00pm


    You can watch our Shabbat services via live stream – click here for more ways to join.


    4 pm
    1 event

    Let Your Light Shine: Glow in the Dark Dance Party

    From: 4:00 pm - 5:45pm


    4:00–4:45 pm (ages 2–5)

    5:00–5:45 pm (K–Grade 2)

    Let your light shine with glow sticks as we turn off the lights and turn on our best dancing moves.

    Register for ages 2–5; Register for ages K-Grade 2.


    5 pm
    1 event

    Latke Making

    From: 5:00 pm - 6:00pm


    Grade 3 and up

    Take part in the classic Chanukah tradition of making latkes by joining this virtual cooking class. We will walk you through the latke-making process so kids can create treats to share with their loved ones throughout the holiday. Ingredients needed:

    • 4-6 large russet potatoes
    • 2 medium onions
    • ¼ cup of plain dried breadcrumbs
    • 3.5 teaspoons of salt
    • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
    • 2-3 large eggs
    • 2-4 tablespoons of vegetable oil, applesauce & sour cream (optional)

    Please check your email for a Zoom link and password.


    6 pm
    1 event

    Kindling Visions of Justice and Hope: Virtual Nightly Candle Lighting

    From: 6:00 pm - 6:30pm


    Celebrate the Festival of Lights with Central’s Clergy and come together as a community in song, prayer, and words of hope. Each night, a special guest will share a few words about their work relating to justice and social reform in our country, as they reimagine their work in the light of the Chanukah candles.

    Special guests will include: David Barber (Co-Founder/Owner Blue Hill Farm); Reverand Winnie Varghese (Trinity Church Wall Street); Kerry Brodie (Emma’s Torch); Tommy Kail (Director of Hamilton); Alice Greenwald (President & CEO, 9/11 Memorial and Museum); Yehudah Webster (Co-founder of Ammud, Jews of Color Torah Academy and Organizer, JFRE); Robbie Kaplan (lawyer and human rights advocate); Julio Medina, Pastor Jose Humphreys, and Nora Reissig (Exodus Transitional Communities).

    (Please note there will not be a special guest on Friday evening as we will light candles as part of our Shabbat service.)