Friday, January 24, 2020

Shabbat is Central

Location: Various locations around NYC

From: Friday, January 24, 2020


This opportunity is open to Central Synagogue members, participants in our 20s/30s programs, and those on our waitlist.

Back by popular demand, Shabbat is Central returns this January! Last year more than 500 Central members took part in this initiative, celebrating Shabbat together with new friends and connecting more deeply to the beauty of Shabbat and our Central community.

Once again this year, we are looking to Central members to open their homes across New York City, and welcome their fellow members for Shabbat. Dinners may be simple or elaborate, home-cooked or ordered in, a family-friendly pizza dinner or a “Game of Thrones”-themed banquet. Last year saw a ‘90s-themed dinner, Indian and Middle-Eastern feasts, and even a wine dinner. Regardless of the meal type or whether you are a host or a guest, don’t miss this opportunity to join together in community.

If you would be available to host this year, please let us know by clicking on the button below. Of course, if you can’t host, we hope you will consider joining as a participant at someone else’s table! Registration for attendees will open on January 2.

Click here to sign up


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


8 am
1 event

Alper Talmud Study

Location: Community House

From: Fridays: September 13, 2019-June 19, 2020, 8:15-9:15 am


Taught by Jewish Educator Dr. Rachel Rosenthal

Explore one of the most radical rabbinic texts in all of Judaism, the Talmud. This year, we will be examining what it means to be a responsible person in a larger society.

Join anytime! No registration required.


10 am
1 event

Jews in the City - People & Places

Location: Various locations around NYC

From: Fridays, January 24 - February 21, 2020, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


Taught by Central’s Rabbinic Intern Sarah Berman

In our long history, Jews have always shaped and been shaped by the places we have lived. Jews in New York City are no diff erent, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries. Over this five-week course, we will explore modern Jewish history through the stories of the people and places that defined them. The first class will meet at Central Synagogue; each subsequent class will take place elsewhere in the city. Together, we will explore museums, synagogues, and other historic buildings as we learn about the Jews of our city. Members: $125; Non-Members: $175

Registration link coming soon.


6 pm
1 event

Shabbat Worship

Location: Main Sanctuary

From: 6:00 pm - 7:30pm


Join our congregation for festive Shabbat worship, always open to the public.

You can also watch our Shabbat services via live stream – click here for more ways to join.