Thursday, May 18, 2017

6 am
1 event

Breakfast Program

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.

Sign up is required in advance to volunteer. For more information or to sign up, contact


10 am
1 event

English in Action

Location: Community House

From: Thursdays, 10:30am-12:30pm


Volunteer tutors meet one-on-one each week with their assigned student for two hours of self-directed conversation. Those who are tutored may be students here for graduate studies, or spouses of UN or corporate employees, as well as immigrants hoping to obtain American citizenship. The tutors learn as much about their students’ countries and cultures as the students learn about the US. Lasting bonds are often formed between tutors and students. Long-time congregant Ros Harber, the daughter of a Hungarian immigrant who struggled to learn English as a teenager, has coordinated this program at Central for the last three decades in coordination with the English-Speaking Union, which helps foreigners in New York City feel at home with our language and culture.

At this time, we have a full roster of volunteers. We thank you for your interest and encourage you to explore another of our wonderful volunteer opportunities.


7 pm
1 event

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War

Location: Temple Emanu-El/JCC Manhattan

From: Thursday, May 18 & Monday, May 22, 2017


Evening Lecture

How the Six-Day War Changed the Jewish People
Thursday, May 18, 7:30-9:00pm • Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center

$18 per person
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War. The Jewish Week, the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Streicker Center are proud to host a wide-ranging discussion of the lead-up, combat and aftermath that changed the face of the region and the Jewish people with two incisive commentators: renowned journalist and Shalom Hartman fellow Yossi Klein Halevi and Knesset Member and former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren.

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Pre-Reception at 6:15pm: Join Rabbi Salth for wine, cheese, and socializing before the event. Spots are limited. RSVP »

All-Day Seminar

Six Days That Shaped 50 Years: An iEngage Conference on the Legacy of the Past and Future of Modern Israel
Monday, May 22, 12:30pm-9:00pm • JCC Manhattan

$25 per person
Join JCC Manhattan and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America for a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War.

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