Upcoming Events

At Central Synagogue

Mezuzah Making

Thursday, March 7 at 4:30 pm | Lindenbaum Pavilion

Make your own glass mezuzah with Central’s Asst. Early Childhood Director and glass artist, Sasha Kopp. Plus, learn about the Klaf, the scroll inside.

Families can work on a mezuzah together or each person can create their own. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

We look forward to creating and learning with you!

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Hamantaschen Baking

Sunday, March 10 at 10:00 am | Lindenbaum Pavilion

Get ready for Purim with a family hamantaschen baking extravaganza. We will cook with The Creative Kitchen, a company that helps children build healthy relationships with food through cooking.

Join us for this fun and delicious way to prepare for Purim. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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The Night Circus | A Masked Affair

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm | The University Club, 1 W. 54th Street

Benefit

Don’t miss Central Synagogue’s annual nursery school benefit, featuring incredible live and silent auctions, entertainment, drinks, and dinner. This fundraiser provides critical support for the May Family Nursery School, as well as scholarships for underserved families.

Buy tickets, donate, and bid in the online auction here.

PJ Library Pajama Havdalah

Saturday, March 16 at 4:00 pm | PJ Library

For families with children ages 0-4

Rock your favorite pajamas and join us for Havdalah-themed open play and family fun. We’ll have books from PJ Library, milk and cookies, and music, as we mark the end of Shabbat.

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Family Purim Celebration

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 2:30pm | Central Synagogue

View our Purim flier.

2:30 – 3:30 pm • Mini Carnival
Families with children ages 3 and under and those looking for a low-sensory experience; Lindenbaum Pavilion
Enjoy a Mini Carnival with a smaller crowd, quieter games, and less background noise. If you have specific questions about this event, or would like a social story (a short story that explains what to expect) to read with your child in advance, please contact Rena Allen.

3:30 – 4:00 pm • Early Childhood Spiel & Costume Parade
Families with children up to grade 2; Sanctuary
See our clergy perform a silly service and have your little one join a costume parade.

4:00 – 6:00 pm • Kids’ Purim Carnival
Families with children in pre-K – grade 2; Lindenbaum Pavilion
Purim Carnival featuring games, food, face painting, and mitzvah opportunities for you and your children. If you have specific questions about this event, or would like a social story (a short story that explains what to expect) to read with your child in advance, please contact Rena Allen.

4:00 – 6:00 pm • Pre-Teen Purim Carnival
Families with children in grades 3 –6; Lese Lobby
Purim Carnival for older children featuring pizza and arcade games you won’t want to miss!

6:00 pm • Megillah Reading and Purim Spiel
Open to the community; Sanctuary

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Friday Shabbat Central

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 5:00pm | Community House

Families with Children ages 0-5 • Open to All • No RSVP Required
Shabbat Central, formerly known as Tot Shabbat, provides a warm, exciting, and accessible Shabbat experience for your entire family. Geared to families of children from birth to age five, Shabbat Central is led by an experienced musician and children’s service leader along with members of the Family Engagement department and Early Childhood department staff. Children and families gather together for song, prayer, movement, stories, and fun. Following the service, a light meal is served.

Open to all – no RSVP required.

For a complete list of dates, visit the Shabbat for Kids & Families page.

Any questions? Contact Amy Martin.


SAVE THE DATE: YFE Family Retreat

Friday, May 3, 2019 | Edith Macy Conference Center, Briarcliff Manor, NY

Save the date for our Family Retreat! Open to families with children in Kindergarten through fifth grades, this retreat will be a chance for families to learn and play together outside of the city with clergy and educators. Early-Bird Registration will be opening on November 26th!

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K-5 Family Retreat

Friday evening May 3 through Sunday morning May 5 | The Edith Macy Conference Center

We hope you will join us for our 2nd annual Kindergarten through 5th grade Family Retreat!

This year’s retreat will be held at a new location, The Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff, NY, from Friday evening, May 3 through Sunday morning, May 5. Families will enjoy camp style activities in hotel-like accommodations!

We’ll share Shabbat, Havdalah, and a lot of camp activities! Highlights will include a campfire, sports, arts and crafts, prayer, study with clergy, and lots of bonding time with our community.

Together, we’ll celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day. Activities for kids and babysitting will be available in the evenings, so parents can enjoy some drinks and socializing time.

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Shabbat Yeladim

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 6:00pm | Pavilion

Children Grades K-5
Drop off your child(ren) with us and while you attend our Main Sanctuary service, we’ll provide an age-appropriate, fun, creative, and meaningful Shabbat experience downstairs in our Pavilion. Shabbat Yeladim programs will run 6:00-7:30pm (or when services in the Sanctuary conclude) and each week will include a Kabbalat Shabbat service with guest appearances from our clergy, a teaching on the week’s Torah portion and upcoming holidays, and a unique and exciting theme (magic, Cupcake Wars, Bowling, and more!) with an accompanying activity.

For a complete list of dates, visit the Shabbat for Kids & Families.

Any questions? Contact Merissa Hochberg.


Saturday Shabbat Central

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 9:30am | Community House

Families with Children ages 0-5 • Open to All • No RSVP Required
Shabbat Central, formerly known as Tot Shabbat, provides a warm, exciting, and accessible Shabbat experience for your entire family. Geared to families of children from birth to age five, Shabbat Central is led by an experienced musician and children’s service leader along with members of the Family Engagement department and Early Childhood Department staff. Children and families gather together for song, prayer, movement, stories, and fun. Following the service, a light meal is served.

For a complete list of dates, visit the Shabbat for Kids & Families.

Any questions? Contact Amy Martin.


 

Our People

Rabbi Rosenthal

Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal

Director of Youth & Family Education

Lily Goldstein

Amy Martin

Director of Family Engagement

Naomi Kachel

Naomi Kachel

Family Engagement Coordinator & Director of Camp Central

Shira Kobren Wasserman

Shira Kobren Wasserman

Family Engagement Music Coordinator