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.
Currently, our volunteers are helping to distribute pre-made sandwiches and other “to-go” items from the doors in front of the Pavilion entrance. Social distancing is observed and a contactless pickup system for the food has been arranged.
From: Monday–Friday, 8:00–8:15 am
All are invited to join us each morning Monday through Friday on Zoom.
For the link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From: Monday-Friday, 8:30-9:00 am
Bring some calm to the start of your day by joining Rabbi Buchdahl and special guests each weekday morning for a call-in meditation practice and a little Torah. Meditation helps boost the immune system, relieve stress and anxiety, and center the mind. No experience necessary. If you can breathe, you can meditate!
Please note new call-in number:
+1 253 215 8782, ID: 580 872 399, then press #.
Friday, June 26: Korach’s Rebellion: All Lives are Holy
Monday, June 29: On Suffering
Mantra: Sabal=Suffer/Bear Load
Tuesday, June 30: Cessation from Suffering
Wednesday, July 1: Finding Insight
Thursday, July 2: Preparing for Rest
Additional sources and recordings of past sessions are available here.
From: Monday–Thursday, 12:00–12:30 pm
Join us each weekday at noon for this great chance to connect virtually in-person with Central’s clergy team. A different member of our clergy team—or a special guest!—will share a favorite text, a new piece of music or arrangement, answer questions, or even lead a short cooking segment.
Please note: Coffee with Clergy will not run on Fridays as part of our summer schedule, but we look forward to seeing you daily Monday through Thursday.
Monday, July 6: Rabbi Nicole Auerbach, These Are a Few of My Favorite Things
Tuesday, July 7: Nancy Langer
Wednesday, July 8: Rabbi Julia Cadrain
Thursday, July 9: Rabbi Ari Lorge, What’s the Dill? Episode 6 (with special guest Chef David Nayfeld) (Recipe here)
From: 3:30 pm - 4:15pm
Central’s new series, Spotlight NYC, showcases the incredible and transformative work of people around New York City.
Join us as we meet yet another inspiring New Yorker, Jennifer Finn, the founder and executive director of Concerts in Motion.
Concerts in Motion (CiM) brings personal, live concerts from the cities most talented and dedicated professional and student musicians to homebound and isolated older adults, veterans, people with disabilities, individuals experiencing housing or food insecurity, and medical patients of all ages. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CiM began offering Virtual Visiting Concerts via Zoom in March and is now serving on average between 700 and 800 isolated NYC residents a week. The musical roster represents 16 genres of music and 17 languages.
During this one hour program, you will have a chance to learn more about Jennifer Finn, Concerts in Motion, and Central’s special relationship with the CiM, but you will also get a taste of what these special Virtual Concerts provide through a short, live, performance with professional musician Tereasa Payne (flute, world flutes, reeds) and two talented student musicians.
Your tax-deductible contribution to our Annual Yom Kippur Appeal will provide for Central’s exceptional educational, community, and spiritual programs and help enrich the Jewish experience of our members and the community-at-large.