Thursday, May 20, 2021

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, May 11: Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor, Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Linguistics at HUC–Los Angeles, joins Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal for a fun and enlightening conversation about… conversation! More specifically, we will discuss the unique mix of Hebrew, Yiddish, and English spoken by American Jews.

Thursday, May 13: What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Join Rabbi Sarah Berman for a story-sharing “Coffee With Clergy.” Come prepared to share the advice that has helped shape your life—and leave with a deeper connection to our community and to your own best self.

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


6 pm
1 event

Annual Congregational Meeting

Location: Zoom & Livestream

From: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 6:00 pm



This year’s meeting will be held virtually. All congregants are encouraged to attend via zoom or to watch the livestream. In accordance with Article V, Section 3(b) of the By Laws, we will vote to elect new officers and trustees and we will hear from our President, Treasurer, and Senior Rabbi.

—Joe Sofer, Secretary

We strongly encourage you to cast your vote online via proxy, whether or not you are able to join the meeting. Please note, members who have opted to receive communications via the United States Postal Service, will receive a paper proxy that they can complete and return to us.

Note that only primary members and their spouses or partners may vote; non-member spouses, adult children, or other dependents in your family are not eligible.

Cast your vote online »


  1. Invocation: our clergy will lead us in an opening blessing
  2. Nominating Committee Report: Past President and Chair of the Nominating Committee, Abigail Pogrebin will thank those board members whose terms have ended, and announce the Board of Trustee’s nominations and re-nominations for the upcoming year.  She will share the number of votes received via proxy or paper, and a vote will be taken among the congregants present at the meeting to finalize the nominations.
  3. Finance Report: Board Treasurer Jon May will review the synagogue’s financial health.
  4. President’s Report: Jeremy Fielding will talk about the state of the synagogue.
  5. Senior Rabbi’s Remarks: Rabbi Angela Buchdahl will share her thoughts about the past year, and the year ahead including how COVID-19 has impacted our community, and how we are moving forward to ensure we emerge as strong as ever from the pandemic.
  6. Q&A: the synagogue’s senior leadership will answer questions from members. We’ll be able to accept questions via the chat feature in Zoom; however, we encourage you to submit questions before the meeting by emailing [email protected]
  7. Benediction: the meeting will close with a song and blessing

Report of the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is tasked with providing, by March 31, a recommendation to the Board of Trustees for first-term trustees as well as re-nominating trustees completing their first and second terms. Additionally, the Committee nominates first-term officers and re-nominates continuing officers.

Trustees are eligible for three three-year terms and officers are eligible for four one-year terms. President is eligible for three one-year terms.

Here is this year’s slate:

Nominated as Officers for a One-Year Term

Shonni Silverberg, President
Brad Bernstein, Vice President
David Tanner, Vice President
Jonathan Crystal, Vice President
Susie Stern, Vice President
Jon May, Treasurer
Jill Seigerman, Secretary

Nominated as Trustees for their first Three-Year Term

Jenny Sharfstein Kane
Emily Lawi
Lisa Messinger
Sara Moss
Marc Stern
Josh Targoff

Re-Nominated as Trustees for a Three-Year Term

Brad Bernstein
Nancy Chemtob
Jonathan Crystal
Amy Glickman
Alice Greenwald
Jon May
Lori Moore

Submitted April 2021: Abigail Pogrebin (chair) with committee members Cindy Edelson, Mari Hinojosa, Benjamin Lawsky, Karen Picquet, Jaymere Stein, and Steve Steinman.

If you are unable to join via Zoom, you may watch the livestream on our website.