Location: Lese Lobby
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. Volunteers assemble every Thursday and Friday morning in Lese Lobby (Community House) to prepare and serve the most important meal of the day. A bag lunch is also handed out to clients. These lunches are prepared the prior evening as part of Central Synagogue’s Sandwich Making Program. Volunteers must be in the 6th grade or older; those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
From: 6:00 pm - 7:30pm
Children Grades K-5, Open to Central Synagogue Members
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 Lily Goldstein.
Location: Main Sanctuary
From: 6:00 pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a special musical service featuring our talented team of Central Synagogue musicians – the instrumentalists and singers who make our worship special every single week. We will also chant an excerpt from Song of the Sea, the special portion connected to Shabbat Shira.
Elana Arian, guitar and violin
Ivan Barenboim, clarinet and recorder
Misa Iwama, Assistant Music Director, alto
Benny Koonyevsky, percussion
Neil Netherly, bass
Dave Romano, string bass
David Strickland, Music Director, organ, keyboard
David Vanderwal, tenor
You can also watch our Shabbat services via live stream – click here for more ways to join.