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 [email protected].
From: 10:00 am - 11:30am
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.
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, May 11: Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor, Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Linguistics at HUC–Los Angeles, joins Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal for a fun and enlightening conversation about… conversation! More specifically, we will discuss the unique mix of Hebrew, Yiddish, and English spoken by American Jews.
Thursday, May 13: What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Join Rabbi Sarah Berman for a story-sharing “Coffee With Clergy.” Come prepared to share the advice that has helped shape your life—and leave with a deeper connection to our community and to your own best self.
To join us online for this program, simply visit Central Synagogue’s Facebook page.
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.
OTHER CURRENT PROGRAMS WITH MIKE HOLLANDER:
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.
From: 6:00 pm - 7:15pm
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.
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