Adult Engagement

Deepen Your Understanding

While restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic prevent us from meeting in person, we continue to foster a vibrant learning community. See below for our current course offerings. For other special events and programs, please see our Community page.​

Upcoming Events


Jewish Journeys Part II: Travel to Budapest and Vienna with Mike Hollander

Thursday, July 9, 2020, 1:00–2:15 pm

Explore the world without leaving home! Next stops: Budapest and Vienna. This virtual journey is guided by Mike Hollander, the tour leader of several Central trips, including our most recent 10x Chai visit to Israel. This session will explore the incredible achievements of the Jewish community in these two beautiful cities. Come learn about the complex search for Jewish identity in the 50 years leading up to World War II through two very different stories of how anti-Jewish policies and the Shoah developed, as well as the lasting effects of these policies on Jewish life post-1945.


​Lunch & Learn: Great Jewish Opera Singers, Part II

Monday, July 13, 2020, 1:00–2:15 pm

We are thrilled to have our beloved guest presenter, Maestro Cesare Civetta, return for the second session of his program “Great Jewish Opera Singers.” Civetta will present a fascinating collection of recordings, rare photos, and footage about legendary opera singers Richard Tauber, Regina Resnik, George London, Naltalie Dessay, Alexander Kipnis, Rosa Raisa, Risë Stevens, and Friedrich Schorr.


All Together Now: Jewish Ideas for this Moment

June 29–July 23, 2020

A Shalom Hartman Institute Online Summer Series
*And Special Central Breakout Sessions

Take advantage of an unprecedented, free, monthlong celebration of Jewish ideas through the Hartman Institute’s robust online summer program “All Together Now: Jewish Ideas for this Moment.” Over the four-week program, more than 50 Shalom Hartman Institute scholars from Israel and North America will address questions about citizenship, moral responsibilities, and spiritual sustenance in a time of darkness and loss. Through lectures, discussions, and seminars, participants will consider the meanings of home and the transformations that can arise out of crisis.


*Central is offering a special members-only breakout learning session on Mondays from 10:00–11:30 am (limited to 30 people).

For the Central breakout session, register here.


In Case You Missed It

Being Jewish in France Today: The Challenge of Antisemitism and the Promise of the Republican Spirit

On June 17, Central’s Rabbi Emeritus Peter Rubinstein and Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur, writer and co-leader of the Liberal Jewish Movement of France, participated in a fascinating conversation as part of the 92Y series “France and Judaism: 2,000 years of Intertwined History,” in partnership with the Consulate General of France in New York, the World Jewish Congress, and the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaisme in Paris.


What Matters: Advance Care Planning with Rabbi Nicole Auerbach and Howard Sharfstein

On June 23, Rabbi Nicole Auerbach and Howard Sharfstein, Coordinator of Central’s What Matters initiative and former President of the Board of Trustees, hosted a webinar on the topic of Advance Care Planning. Click below to learn why it’s more important than ever to have “the talk” and learn the process of designating a health care proxy.

Spotlight NYC: Jennifer Finn and Concerts in Motion

Central’s Adult Engagement Program Manager, Lauren Dickel, moderated a conversation with Jennifer Finn, the found and executive director of Concerts in Motion (CiM). Viewers learned about Central’s partnership with the organization and also got a taste of CiM’s intimate virtual concerts through a 30-minute live performance with professional musician Tereasa Payne (flute, world flutes, reeds) and two young musical prodigies, Lucas (piano) and Leah Amory (violin).


20s and 30s at Central Synagogue

Find out about opportunities to meet, worship, learn, volunteer and virtually socialize with fellow Jewish 20s and 30s.

Click here for ways to stay connected and join our mailing list.


Center for Exploring Judaism

Now accepting registrations for our July 2020 cohort. Please register here.

The course is open to non-Jews alone or non-Jews with their Jewish partners, who are either members or non-members of Central Synagogue. For students exploring the possibility of converting to Judaism, this course serves as the first prerequisite step at Central Synagogue. Jewish partners of potential converts are welcome and strongly
encouraged to attend classes. For more information, click here.

Questions? Contact Center for Exploring Judaism Director, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Access to Programs and Events

Members, please check your Daily and Weekly Newsletter emails for login information and passwords where needed; all others may contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) during business hours for information on how to join.

Some Technological Tips

Many of our programs are accessed on the Zoom platform. New to Zoom? Check out this video from Candootech.com for help.


Other Learning Opportunities:

A few virtual programs being offered outside of Central Synagogue.

Virtual Beit Midrash from Hadar

This pluralistic Jewish learning organization offers a number of recurring online classes and other programs.

My Jewish Learning

A Daily Guide to Zoom Events, Livestreams and Other Online Resources

The Institute for Jewish Spirituality

A compilation of resources for challenging times including free Torah study and daily online meditation.

The IJS is also offering the course, “Learn The Jewish Practice That Teaches You How To Be Your ‘Best Self’”.

CCAR Press Speaker Series

Next event: “Finding Spiritual Depth in a Flattened World,” A Conversation with Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar
May 26, 2020 07:30 PM
Free and open to the public with registration.