Chai Connections (65+)

At Central Synagogue

In 2011 the oldest baby boomers turned 65. Blessed with longevity, and vitality, people over the age of 65 are interested in building community, and creating lives of meaning and purpose. Central Synagogue is dedicated to being the locus of community and meaningful engagement for congregants in this chapter of life.

Chai Connections is an affinity group for congregants age sixty-five and beyond, dedicated to building strong bonds of community. Chai Connection programs include, pre-Shabbat onegs, cultural events, holiday celebrations and lectures. All programs interweave social and educational dimensions. Sign up for our upcoming events below and if you would like to learn more, about our programs and initiatives, please contact us by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Jews in Context: A Class at the Met

Fridays, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | Central Synagogue Community House and Metropolitan Museum of Art

Session 1: January 25 - March 8, 2019
Session 2: March 29 - May 17, 2019

Join our rabbinic intern Sarah Berman as she draws upon her ten-year background in art and curation to analyze historical artifacts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and bring Jewish text and history to life. Discover what these objects and art can tell us about the lives of Jews from ancient times.

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Lunch & Learn: Great Jewish Opera Singers, Part 1

Monday, January 28 at 12:30 pm | Lindenbaum Pavilion

Join Conductor Cesare Civetta as he presents an intriguing collection of rare photos, recordings, and footage about legendary Opera singers, including Leonard Warren, Joseph Schmidt, Roberta Peters, Robert Merrill, Beverly Sills, Jan Peerce, and Richard Tucker. We will take a trip down musical memory lane as we hear iconic pieces ranging from The Barber of Seville and Danny Boy to Roberto Devereux and Kol Nidre, among others.

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Lunch & Learn: Meeting Places: Poems and Songs from Persian and Jewish Mystical Traditions

Monday, February 11 at 12:30 pm | Lindenbaum Pavilion

Vocalist and poet Haleh Liza Gafori and oud musician Rabbi Zach Fredman will share gems from the mystical traditions of their ancestors. Through an exploration of texts by Persian mystics Rumi and Hafez, and Jewish kabbalist Yisrael Najara, engage in a poetic and musical dialogue exploring themes of love and liberation as communicated through these powerful traditions.

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Lunch & Learn: Tasting the Best Chocolate with Rabbi Debbie Prinz

Monday, March 11 at 12:30 pm | Lindenbaum Pavilion

How do Jewish principles relate to a love of chocolate? Rabbi Debbie Prinz will explore the complexities that arise when measuring our food values against our chocolate choices and consumption. Lunch and chocolate will be served.

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Chai Connections Book Club

Wednesday, March 13, 12:30 pm | Community House

Join us for a brand-new book group discussion. We will gather for dessert and a discussion of the book Einstein and the Rabbi; Searching for the Soul, by Rabbi Naomi Levy. There is no charge. Please read the book in advance of our gathering. You can purchase the book on Amazon here.

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An Evening of Conversation with Iconic Cartoonist Roz Chast

Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 pm | Main Sanctuary

Since joining The New Yorker in 1978, cartoonist Roz Chast has
established herself as one of our greatest artistic chroniclers of the
anxieties, superstitions, and surreal imaginings of modern life. Her
recent memoir and #1 New York Times Bestseller, Can’t We Talk
About Something More Pleasant? addresses the realities of aging
in America and what it means to have aging parents today. Join us
for an evening with Roz as we learn about her work, partake in an
engaging Q&A session, and gather for a book signing.

This event is co-sponsored by Park Avenue Synagogue and What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life. Central’s support is provided by the Jill and Howard Sharfstein Fund to Support Life’s Journeys.

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Lunch & Learn: Art as a Bridge to Israel’s Past and Beyond

Monday, April 15 at 12:30 pm | Lindenbaum Pavilion

Join artist and educator Michal Nachmany as she discusses the link art creates between past and present, and between viewers. Drawing upon childhood memories growing up in Israel and her years exhibiting in New York and around the world, Nachmany discusses her own artistic journey and experiences bringing communities together to connect over works of art.

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Our People

Rabbi Lev-Cohen

Rabbi Lori Koffman

Director of Congregational Support and Adult Education

Rabbi Lev-Cohen

Jackie Pykon

Dorot Social Worker at Central Synagogue

Rabbi Lev-Cohen

Carolyn Roesler

Program Manager for Adult Education and Volunteerism

Support Groups

Central Synagogue provides pastoral counseling in small, confidential group settings. We currently offer a monthly Caregiver's Group and a Spousal Bereavement Group. For more information, please contact Rabbi Marion Lev-Cohen.

Pastoral Care for Members

Please keep us informed on what is happening in your life so we can support you and celebrate with you. Visit our Pastoral Care section of our website to learn more.