At Central Synagogue

Food Stamp Challenge: Day 5

Posted December 3, 2012

Congregant Molly Shapiro, 13, describes what it was like to shop and eat on a $31.50 weekly allowance in New York City. Read more

Teens Visit RAC in DC

Posted December 3, 2012

This weekend, our teens traveled to the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C., where they met Senator Schumer and Representative Maloney.

Food Stamp Challenge: Day 4

Posted November 29, 2012

Cantor Katz had oatmeal for breakfast; Rabbi Salth stocked up on soup
Cantor Katz had oatmeal for breakfast; Rabbi Salth stocked up on soup

Our clergy continued their week on the Food Stamp Challenge. Cantor Katz was only able to stick to the challenge for one meal, a breakfast of oatmeal. Rabbi Salth shared his reflections on the challenge:

I have been regularly humbled this week by this experience.  Fortunately for me, this challenge was an exercise. Trying to find a way to eat on a extreme budget is the norm for millions including, I know, the guests we welcome into our lobby each Thursday and Friday morning for a hot breakfast served by our dedicated volunteers.  In addition, I had a microwave to heat my soup each day.  What do people do when that is not an option  At minimum it limits their choices even further.

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Praying for Healing on World AIDS Day

Posted November 29, 2012

In the years between 1987 and 1997, I lost six close friends, all gay men, and knew of dozens more men who died, most of them in their 30s or early 40s. For many of us, there is a whole phantom, lost generation of gay men in New York: men who would now be in their 50s and 60s, in the prime of their lives. Read more

Food Stamp Challenge: Day 3

Posted November 28, 2012

Steve Chudnow and his daughter Dani, 13, are taking the Food Stamp Challenge together this week. While at work and school respectively, they've been turning down tempting meals and snacks in order to keep within their weekly budget of $31.50.

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Food Stamp Challenge: Day 2

Posted November 27, 2012

The obvious "challenge" in this food stamp experience is budgetary: $1.50 per meal is substantially less than, for example, the cost of a Dunkin' Donuts breakfast sandwich--or even a cup of coffee there, for that matter. Read more

Food Stamp Challenge: Day 1

Posted November 26, 2012

Submitted by Cantor Buchdahl
Yesterday I prepared for our family's taking the Food Stamp Challenge by grocery shopping with my son, Gabriel, age 12. I admit it felt a little like cheating that I did my shopping at a Shaw's in Vermont, near my in-laws house, where the prices are definitely cheaper than in Manhattan.

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Hurricane Recovery Effort

Posted November 21, 2012

Many of our members have expressed interest in contributing to the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort. We've compiled a list of ways that we can support our fellow New Yorkers. Read more

Parshat Toldot: The Jewish Food Stamp Challenge

Posted November 16, 2012

Poor Esau. The twin brother of our patriarch Jacob is portrayed as such a buffoon. He’s the red-haired Neanderthal hunter--a foil to Jacob, the mild, bookish mama’s boy. And proof-positive of Esau’s stupidity is the story, found in this week’s portion, of how he is duped into selling his birthright to Jacob over a bowl of lentil stew. Read more

Mitzvah Day 2012

Posted November 12, 2012

Mitzvah Day Collage

From the Bronx to Far Rockaway, our congregants pooled their time and efforts to assist their fellow New Yorkers.

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