NYC is the homeless capital of the US, and the need for men's, women's, and children's shoes is very great. If your lightly worn shoes are no longer sparking joy in your life, consider giving them away to those in need in our NYC shelters. Through the month of April, we will have a drop-off box in Lese Lobby in our Community House. We are proud to partner with Shoes for the Homeless, Inc. in this initiative.
400 high school seniors and only 1 college advisor. That’s what these wonderful, talented students are facing just a couple blocks away from our synagogue, at the High School of Art & Design, an extraordinary, state-of-the-art middle school/high school for kids with artistic talents who major in architecture, painting, drawing, cartooning, film, fashion, graphic design, set design.
Alumni include Art Spiegelman, Calvin Klein, Tony Bennett, and artist Lorna Simpson.
Most of these kids are from immigrant families. Several are DACA Dreamers. Few of their parents have gone to college. Most have few resources and little-to-no parental support or college-literacy when it comes to applications — how to fill them out, apply for financial aid, think about a college essay, meet deadlines, etc.
Central Synagogue is now partnering with HSAD to fill the gap on mentorship for these seniors — committing to helping at least 2-3 classes next year. If you are a Central Synagogue member or on the waitlist, we hope you’ll considering being one of these mentors. Click here to learn what’s involved and read our FAQ.
Make sandwiches for the Breakfast Program, where along with serving a hot meal, clients are also offered a freshly prepared bag lunch. Please RSVP to volunteer. All ages welcome to participate; children must be accompanied by an adult.
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. Volunteers assemble every Thursday and Friday morning in Lese Lobby (Community House) to prepare and serve the most important meal of the day. A bag lunch is also handed out to clients. These lunches are prepared the prior evening as part of Central Synagogue’s Sandwich Making Program. Volunteers must be in the 6th grade or older; those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
If you are interested in learning more, please email Carolyn Roesler at email@example.com or (212) 838-5122 Ext. 3043 and she’ll put you in touch with the program’s lay leaders. English in Action is not currently accepting new volunteers, but they are always happy to talk to people about the program and add to their list of prospective volunteers.
Heed the call to support the “stranger” and help save lives; show our support for granting driver’s licenses to all, and make the roads safer for all New Yorkers, by writing a postcard to our state legislative leaders and governor. We join with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in the campaign to expand access to driver’s licenses to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, enabling immigrants to legally register and insure their vehicles and obtain and carry identification. This not only makes the road safer for everyone, it also allows members of a vulnerable population to seek medical attention or bring kids to school without fear. Join us for this powerful opportunity to make a difference with this immigration reform initiative.
Monday mornings new and experienced knitters are busy creating beautiful pieces of clothing that are donated to New Yorkers in need. Extra hands are always welcome. Don’t know how to knit? This is also a great way to learn!
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