Thursday, November 19, 2020

6 am
1 event

Breakfast Program

Location: Pavilion

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.

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


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].


10 am
1 event

20th-Century Jewish Theology

From: 10:00 am - 11:30am


20th-Century Jewish Theology

Thursdays, 10:00–11:30 am
October 8–December 3, 2020
Taught by Rabbi Hilly Haber

Dive into more than 100 years of Jewish philosophy and theology, spanning Enlightenment thinkers to post-Holocaust theologies and pioneering feminist and queer theologians. Together, we will consider the political, historical, and traditional aspects of Jewish theology while taking in account our personal ideas about God.

Register here.


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.


“Coffee With Clergy” will be on a coffee break Tuesday, June 15.

Thursday, June 17: Join Rabbi Nicole Auerbach in conversation with her sibling Bonz Swencionis (they/them) and Rabbi Dr. Nikki Deblosi (she/her) about the importance of creating Jewish spaces that embrace people with non-binary gender identities.

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


1 pm
1 event

Jewish Journeys With Mike Hollander (Part III): Water, Water, Water

Location: Zoom

From: Thursday, November 19, 1:00–2:15 pm


Take a virtual trip to Israel with guide Mike Hollander and learn about Israel’s ongoing challenges with limited natural water resources, from the Biblical period to present day.

Zoom Link information will be sent to registrants 24 hours before each lecture.

Learn more and register »


December 3, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

“Machaneh Yehuda” - since physical travel to Israel is limited these days, we will go on a virtual tasting tour to see the sights, smell the smells, hear the sounds, and meet some of the people in Jerusalem’s Shuk Machaneh Yehudah, one of the world’s most popular markets and a Mecca for foodies. 

December 17, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

“Dilemmas of Majority - Minority Relations in Judea and their Impact on Israel Today” - Our national anthem, Hatikva, refers to our “Two Thousand Year Hope” to return to the Land of Israel from exile. Now that we have, how do we look at our past - and in particular, the Hellenistic and Roman Periods, when we were last independent - to mold our present reality. This virtual tour will explore sites in Israel, including Masada, Tzippori, and others to learn how relations with the larger superpower affected Judaism, and will see how that same question challenges contemporary Israel.



6 pm
1 event

Teachings of Wonder, Wisdom, and Values

From: 6:00 pm - 7:15pm


Teachings of Wonder, Wisdom, and Values

Thursdays, 6:00–7:15 pm
October 1–December 17, 2020
Taught by Educator Joe Septimus

Together we will explore stories from the Talmud that confront the strengths and frailties of human nature, universal experiences, and the very nature of godliness. Designed to enhance and deepen our appreciation of life’s wisdom, our discussions will focus on our amazing and complex universe, and Jewish values.

Register here.