COVID-19 Updates

At Central Synagogue

While Central Synagogue remains a completely “virtual” congregation during the COVID-19 crisis, this page will serve as a resource for both our congregation and our broader community, with information on our services, programs, events, and a variety of other available offerings.

Any Central member in need of support should reach out to a member of our Clergy team at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or leave a message at (212) 838-5122 x.1000 and someone will get back to you promptly.

Virtual Events


Youth & Family


Adult Engagement

To see all events by day or week visit our calendar.

COVID-19 Updates

You Can Help with An Innovative Treatment for COVID-19

Posted April 2, 2020

A number of Central Synagogue members are connected to the lifesaving efforts that are ongoing at Mount Sinai Hospital. This includes exceptional medical care and innovative research. Due to recent heroic efforts by several physician scientists at Mount Sinai, there is a new potentially lifesaving treatment for people who are hospitalized with COVID-19.
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Resources to Host Your Own Virtual Passover Seder

Posted April 2, 2020

With Passover 5780 approaching and most Americans under stay-at-home orders, many families are turning to virtual seders. Rabbi Dan Ross recently led a webinar on how to use Zoom to host your own virtual seder.
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Community Resources / Ways You Can Help

UJA Federation, COVID-19 Resources For You
A compilation of resources from UJA’s network of nonprofits, synagogues, and day schools.

UJA Federation NY has also organized a list of virtual service opportunities available to those interested in helping to reduce social isolation among high-risk and quarantined individuals.

Union for Reform Judaism
How Reform Congregations are Coping with COVID-19 (and Tools to Help)

No Neighbors in Need NYC
A quick guide for New Yorkers to contribute to the fight against the Coronavirus and ensure that no neighbors remain in need in NYC during this crisis.

Help Now NYC
Ways to Volunteer, Donate and Partner in New York City.

Invisible Hands: Free deliveries for at-risk New Yorkers
This organization is focused most prominently on the elderly, disabled, and immunocompromised, but is available to help anyone in need. Sign up if you need groceries or supplies, or if you'd like to volunteer.

The Institute for Jewish Spirituality
A compilation of resources for challenging times including free Torah study and daily online meditation.

The IJS is also offering the course, "Learn The Jewish Practice That Teaches You How To Be Your 'Best Self'".

My Jewish Learning
A Daily Guide to Zoom Events, Livestreams and Other Online Resources

Financial Assistance

Increasing disruptions and shutdowns have very real and challenging financial impact on many in our congregation and throughout the city. The Hebrew Free Loan Society recently launched its Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan program to provide interest-free loans of $2,000-$5,000 to lower-income residents of New York City who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. These loans address:

  • Lost wages due to being unable to go to work
  • Child care costs due to school closures
  • Small business losses
  • Canceled study abroad programs
  • Related medical costs

For more information and an application, visit

Please help spread the word about this important resource.

Technical Assistance

Candoo Tech
Technically challenged? Check out these videos on how to use tools such as Zoom, Facetime, Amazon, and Seamless.

For Kids

Companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings

“Homeshuling” Under Quarantine: Fun Jewish Videos for Virtual Learning