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].
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.
From: 6:00 pm - 6:30pm
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with Central’s Clergy and come together as a community in song, prayer, and words of hope. Each night, a special guest will share a few words about their work relating to justice and social reform in our country, as they reimagine their work in the light of the Chanukah candles.
Special guests will include: David Barber (Co-Founder/Owner Blue Hill Farm); Reverand Winnie Varghese (Trinity Church Wall Street); Kerry Brodie (Emma’s Torch); Tommy Kail (Director of Hamilton); Alice Greenwald (President & CEO, 9/11 Memorial and Museum); Yehudah Webster (Co-founder of Ammud, Jews of Color Torah Academy and Organizer, JFRE); Robbie Kaplan (lawyer and human rights advocate); Julio Medina, Pastor Jose Humphreys, and Nora Reissig (Exodus Transitional Communities).
(Please note there will not be a special guest on Friday evening as we will light candles as part of our Shabbat service.)
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.
From: 6:30 pm - 8:30pm
Join us for a special evening with the renowned culinary historian Michael Twitty, author of the book The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South.
The evening will have two parts; Central members are invited to join for one or both.
Part 1: Members-Only Cocktails and Conversation
6:30–7:15 pm, Cost: $40
Hosted by Rabbi Sarah Berman, Twitty will walk us through the inside history of a special Chanukah recipe, and provide a signature cocktail (or mocktail) recipe. A complimentary copy of Twitty’s book will be sent to those attending. Space is limited, please reply soon.
Part 2: Perspectives on Race, Judaism, and Food
7:30 – 8:30 pm
Join Rabbi Ari Lorge as he speaks with Twitty about his life and career, his views on food and racial justice, and their intersection at this moment in America. Central members are invited to join via Zoom, this event will also be livestreamed.
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