Thursday, January 14, 2021

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].


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.


Monday, February 22:Rabbi Nicole Auerbach will join diversity advocate, writer, educator, and Jewish community builder, Tema Smith, for a discussion on invisible disabilities.

Tuesday, February 23: Start your Purim celebrations early with a look at Purim-inspired art shared by Rabbi Sarah Berman and special guest Warren Klein, Curator of the Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple Emanu-El.

Thursday, February 18: Rabbi Ari Lorge and Cantor Julia Cadrain are back for “Sunday in the Park With Lorge…and Cadrain: Episode 10,” as they continue their deep dive into the musical catalogue of Stephen Sondheim. Each episode focuses on a song from Sondheim’s acclaimed career in musical theatre. Join them for an afternoon of fun, laughter, and great music. Download the lyrics ahead of time here.

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


1 pm
1 event

Jazz Show: A Tribute to Nina Simone, Featuring Vanisha Gould

From: 1:00 pm - 2:00pm


In honor of Black History Month, join acclaimed jazz vocalist Vanisha Gould in a special lecture about the life, activism, and music of the great Nina Simone. Led by MusicTalks host Elad Kabilio, we’ll explore songs Simone made famous, including “Feeling Good” and “Ain’t Got No (I Got Life).”


For questions, please be in touch with us at [email protected].


3 pm
1 event

Collage Art Beit Midrash

From: 3:30 pm - 5:00pm


This hands-on collage-making class with professional Israeli collage artist Michal Nachmany introduces you to the works of leading collage artists – such as Matisse, Schwitters, Rauschenberg, and Hans Arp, among others. You’ll work on your own artistic project with the guidance of an artist, using materials sent directly to your home.


For questions, please be in touch with us at [email protected].


7 pm
1 event

Town Hall on Hunger and Food Insecurity

From: 7:30 pm - 8:30pm


The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated issues of hunger and food insecurity in our city. Please join us for our second Justice Town Hall to hear more about Central’s advocacy campaign surrounding food justice in New York City and learn about ways you can support organizations that are on the front lines of this crisis.

We will be joined by special guest speaker Julie Wang (Central member, litigator, and author), and leaders of three organizations tirelessly working to feed those in need in New York City: David Garza (President and CEO of the Henry Street Settlement), Karen Pearl (President and CEO of God’s Love We Deliver), Leah Schechter (Senior Director of Volunteer Services and Donor Engagement at The Met Council), and Beth Shapiro (Executive Director of City Meals on Wheels).

Watch live on Central’s Facebook page.