Monday, July 20, 2020

8 am
1 event

Daily Minyan

Location: Virtual

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 [email protected].


12 pm
1 event

Coffee with Clergy (and Special Guests)

Location: Virtual—live on Central's Facebook page

From: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00–12:30 pm


Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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.


Tuesday, April 13: Rabbi Nicole Auerbach speaks with Naftuli Moster of Young Advocates for Fair Education (Yaffed) about his advocacy to improve general studies education for Hasidic and Haredi children, enabling them to learn secular knowledge and skills alongside traditional curricula of Judaic studies.

Thursday, April 15: Join Rabbi Ross for his conversation with autistic advocate and Wandering Jews of Astoria board member Meredith Nicholson about the importance of Autism Awareness and Acceptance month and what meaningful allyship with autistic people looks like.

To join us online for this program, simply visit Central Synagogue’s Facebook page.


7 pm
1 event

“About a Teacher”: Film Discussion With Filmmaker and Animator Hanan Harchol

Location: Virtual

From: 7:00 pm - 8:00pm


Join acclaimed animator Hanan Harchol and Rabbi Nicole Auerbach as they discuss Harchol’s new documentary “About a Teacher,” a semi-autobiographical feature about his first three years teaching film in a public high school. Harchol is the creator of the popular animated series for adults and teens “Jewish Food for Thought,” which uses his animations to explore Jewish wisdom and fuel conversation. Watch the film in advance of the discussion for deeper insight (links further below).

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Hanan Harchol, more known for his Jewish Food For Thought animated series, has also been a public high school teacher in New York City for the past eleven years. In his first year as a teacher, Hanan almost quit. In fact 41% of New York City teachers leave the profession within their first five years. In his latest project, “About a Teacher,” a semi-autobiographical feature film about his first three years as a public high school film teacher, Hanan shows a realistic, unvarnished, insider’s view on the challenges and rewards of this important profession.

Critics are raving:

“Few [movies about inner city schoolteachers] have approached the subject with the impressive realism and naturalism as Hanan Harchol’s semi-autobiographical feature directorial debut…”  - Frank Sheck, Hollywood Reporter

“the rare ‘inspired by’ movie that actually inspires…remarkable…aligned to the docudrama stylings of Mike Leigh…”  - Michael Rechtshaffen, LA Times

“A new film written and directed by a teacher comes closer to capturing the feel of classroom life than most of its big-budget predecessors…It turns out that it takes a teacher to make a decent movie about a teacher.” - Robert Pondiscio Harvard Kennedy School’s EducationNext

We encourage you to watch the film before this program. You can find the film/trailer using the following links:

YouTube Official Trailer
Amazon Prime link (US & UK)
Vimeo on Demand link (Worldwide)