Thursday, April 15, 2021

Omer: A Season of Reflection

Location: Zoom

From: April 1, 2021 at 9:00am - May 13, 2021 at 10:00am

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].


8 am
1 event

Daily Minyan

Location: Virtual

From: Monday–Friday, 8:00–8:15 am


All are invited to join us each morning Monday through Friday on Zoom.
For the link, please email [email protected].


12 pm
1 event

Coffee with Clergy (and Special Guests)

Location: Virtual—live on Central's Facebook page

From: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00–12:30 pm


Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon for this great chance to connect virtually in-person with Central’s clergy team. A different member of our clergy team—or a special guest!—will share a favorite text, a new piece of music or arrangement, answer questions, or even lead a short cooking segment.


Tuesday, April 13: Rabbi Nicole Auerbach speaks with Naftuli Moster of Young Advocates for Fair Education (Yaffed) about his advocacy to improve general studies education for Hasidic and Haredi children, enabling them to learn secular knowledge and skills alongside traditional curricula of Judaic studies.

Thursday, April 15: Join Rabbi Ross for his conversation with autistic advocate and Wandering Jews of Astoria board member Meredith Nicholson about the importance of Autism Awareness and Acceptance month and what meaningful allyship with autistic people looks like.

To join us online for this program, simply visit Central Synagogue’s Facebook page.


1 pm
2 events

Israeli National Holy Days: Jewish Space and Time in Israel 2021/5781 (Two-Part Series)

Location: Zoom

From: Thursdays, April 8 and 15, 2021 1:00–2:15 pm


With Tour Guide Mike Hollander

Explore how Israel created sacred space and time in the early years of independence in this special two-part program led by Central tour guide Mike Hollander.

First Session: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Explore Mount Herzl (Mount of Remembrance) in Jerusalem, a site dedicated to commemorating the Shoah, great Zionist leaders, and the heavy price of Jewish sovereignty. 

Second Session: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Delve into the evolution of three national Israeli holidays—Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom HaAtzmaut—and the sacred ten-day period which is a cornerstone to understanding the expression of Jewish sovereignty in Israel.

Register here.


Israeli National Holidays: Jewish Space and Time in Israel 2021/5781

Location: Virtual

From: Thursdays, April 8 & 15, 2021, 1:00–2:15 pm


This two-part series explores how Israel created sacred space and time in the early years of its independence while also taking a thoughtful look at the upcoming holidays of Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom Ha’Atzmaut. 

Register here.


7 pm
1 event

White Supremacy in 2021: Putting Violent Extremists on Trial

From: 7:00 pm - 8:00pm


Join Integrity First for America Executive Director Amy Spitalnick, civil rights lawyer Robbie Kaplan, and Rabbi Angela Buchdahl as they explore the path of White Supremacy from Charlottesville to the Capitol and beyond, and discuss how we can hold these violent extremists accountable.

Register here.