Lectures & Courses

At Central Synagogue

Adult Engagement Programming


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Upcoming Lectures and Courses:


Walking Tour - Jewish Harlem

Sunday, April 22, 10:45 am | Northeast corner of 125th street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
Led by Rabbi David Kalb

Harlem’s history as a Jewish community dates back to the 1870s. By World War I, it was the second largest Jewish community in the U.S. and the third largest in the world. On this tour, we will walk through this neighborhood and learn about the past, present, and future of this fascinating New York Jewish community. The tour departs from the Northeast corner of 125th street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. Open to members and non-members.

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Lunch and Learn Series: Movement and Meditation

Monday, April 23, 2018 at 12:30pm | Pavilion

We will explore the ancient Jewish practices of movement and meditation as tools for accessing clarity and shalom—wholeness. After a brief discussion, we will spend most of our time diving into these practices together. The instruction will be accessible and inclusive. If you have never meditated or explored yoga before, you will have the opportunity to experience them for the first time in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment. All levels of physical abilities and all experience levels from brand new beginner to seasoned practitioner are welcome.

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From the British Conquest to Trump’s Declaration: 100 Turbulent Years in Jerusalem

April 26 at 6:30 pm | Pavilion

Within days, in June 1967, Jerusalem was transformed; from a small, divided and threatened small town, it became a large metropolis, under Israel’s control. The unification of Jerusalem radically changed the city’s character. The residents, regardless of their religious or ethnic composition, were sharing in the new city that was now managed by Israel, euphoric and triumphalist. Join Dr. Elan Ezrachi, the author of Awakened Dream - 50 Years of Complex Unification of Jerusalem, and a third generation native of Jerusalem as he shares his personal experiences and key benchmarks and trends that shaped the country’s current political situation.

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Challah Baking with Rabbi Rosenthal

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 6:30pm | Atrium

Come learn how to bake the best Challah with Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal! In this two hour session, you will learn how to make Challah dough and have a chance to try it yourself. $15 per person.

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Carry Your Voices in Joyous Song

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6:30pm | Pavilion

In preparation for Shavuot, join us for a festive concert with our student cantor, Shani Ben Or, as she performs and teaches Piyutim (religious poems) dedicated to Shavuot. Together we will explore compositions that merged in Middle Eastern Jewish communities and encompass a unique musical and spiritual perspective, elevating both our understanding and experience of the holiday.

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Ongoing Classes

Registration required.