Panelists: Dr. Susan Domchek, Basser Center Executive Director and Medical Oncologist; Dr. Kenneth Offit, Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Oncologist; Dr. Nicole Schreiber-Agus, Community Genetics Educator; Erika Stallings, Attorney, BRCA carrier and Patient Advocate; Moderated by journalist Jill Werman Harris
This event is free to the public with registration.
Central’s clergy reflect upon contemporary issues through the lens of Jewish text and tradition. Each evening will begin with dinner, followed by an hour of learning and discussion. Come with your CORE Group or on your own, these discussions are a wonderful way to continue to get to know both the clergy and your fellow members.
Join Rabbi Lori Koffman for our next session where we will explore reproductive health and the Jewish tradition. With many states introducing “heartbeat bills,” and New York state passing the landmark Reproductive Health Act, there has been a good deal of controversy in the news lately regarding abortion and family planning. Come hear what Jewish tradition has to say about these issues, and how the national debate raises some serious concerns around the First Amendment’s separation of Church and State. Dinner will be served.
Walk the streets of the Lower East Side – the base of operations to Prohibition-era gangsters Meir Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, and Arnold Rothstein – as we visualize where these Jewish criminals engaged in their nefarious activities, and discuss the issues of power, ethics, and acculturation that ensued.
Join us as we welcome extraordinary Israeli educator Rachel Korazim as she leads a discussion entitled “The Other as a Mirror.” Together we will read literary works of both Jews and Arabs, exploring images of Arabs in Jewish literature which will be juxtaposed with Arab Israeli literary works depicting a society in which they often feel disenfranchised. Through this lens we will begin to better understand the distance between these two peoples who share one land. Dinner will be at 6:00 pm and the discussion will begin at 6:30 pm.
Join us as we experience an evening of magical live radio with the creators of the award-winning radio show and podcast, “Israel Story” — known as “the Israeli ‘This American Life.’” With its engaging blend of live storytelling, music and dynamic multimedia, “Israel Story Live” provides a unique entry into the lives of Israelis that is sophisticated, nuanced, funny, and moving. We will gather after the show at a reception with the cast. This program is a part of Central’s celebration of Israel’s 71st year of independence. Tickets are $18. We expect this event to sell out, so be sure to purchase tickets now.
The Wall: A Look at the Barriers That Separate Us and Those That Bring Us Together
Everywhere we turn these days, it seems “the wall” is staring back at us. It protects and alienates; keeps people in and out; and can—as we all have seen—bring mighty governments to a standstill. With unusually splendid storytelling, live music, and stunning visuals, the “Israel Story” team will redefine the ubiquitous “W word.”
Following the event, join Rabbis Peter Rubinstein, Nicole Auerbach, Lori Koffman and Mo Salth for a free reception complete with Israeli wine and light snacks at the 92Y! All are welcome.
If you’ve never listened to an “Israel Story” podcast, we recommend you click and listen to one or all three below. Each episode explores Israeli society through surprising and intimate stories:
1. A Better Place?
This show is presented in partnership with 92Y, Central Synagogue, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, Park Avenue Synagogue, Sutton Place Synagogue and UJA Federation. Israel Story LIVE is a creative initiative of the Marlene Meyerson JCC.
Additional Shows: Sunday, May 19, 5:00 pm and Monday, May 20, 7:00 pm, at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.Visit jccmanhattan.org for more information.
Join us as we are led in conversation by Ilana Kaufman, who will discuss the intersection of U.S. Jewish identity and race, as animated by modern movements for social justice. Kaufman is Director of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, and a nationally regarded thought leader on issues of race and racism in the Jewish community. Informed by community pain-points such as Jewish communal reactions to the Women’s March and Movement for Black Lives Platform, Kaufman will explore notions of anti-Semitism, community and movement-building, as well as how to effectively partner with groups with whom we disagree—or who disagree with us.
Beginning in January, we will be offering a weekly series of drop-in programs on mindfulness, healing, and rejuvenation to help you restore, replenish, and reconnect. These programs are open to all.
First Thursday of the Month: Feb. 7, Mar. 7, Apr. 4, May 2, Jun. 26
Led by Rabbi Lori Koffman and Rory Michelle Sullivan
A sacred space to process our fears and struggles. Through prayer, meditation, sharing, and singing, we will find healing, strength, and hope in one another.
Mindful Movement and Meditation
Second Thursday of the Month: Feb. 14, Mar. 14, Apr. 11, May 9, Jun. 13
Led by Cantor Julia Cadrain
A rare time-out. A place to exhale, stretch, and meditate before we rejoin the fray and frenzy of our typical routines. No special clothing, background, or equipment is required.
Third Thursday of the Month: Feb. 21, Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May 16
Led by Rabbi Lori Koffman and Social Worker Jackie Pykon
Caring for a sick loved one can be fraught, confusing, exhausting, and difficult. Offering support both practically and emotionally, the first half-hour will feature a visiting expert, followed by a facilitated sharing session.
Joy is Central
Fourth Thursday of the Month: Jan. 24, Feb. 28, Mar. 28, Apr. 25, May 23
Led by Rabbi Lori Koffman
Inspired by Rabbi Buchdahl’s Yom Kippur sermon reflecting on the Torah’s commandment to be joyful, this class will focus on a different practice each month—gratitude, mindfulness, relationships, and more.
Brooklyn’s Borough Park is home to many different Chasidic Jews, as well as other types of Ultra-Orthodox Jews, and the area remains a continuously transitional part of New York. Join us as we explore the area and learn more about the past, present, and potential future of this dynamic neighborhood.
No registration required.