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In this time of social isolation, we are continuously looking for new ways to come together and connect.

Members should check our 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.

​Weekly Meditation with Rabbi Buchdahl

Tuesdays, 8:30 am

Beginning April 13th, bring some calm to the start of your day by joining Rabbi Buchdahl every Tuesday for a meditation practice and a little Torah. Meditation helps boost the immune system, relieve stress and anxiety, and center the mind. No experience necessary. If you can breathe, you can meditate!

Join on Zoom.

Dial-in info: +1 (253) 215 8782

Meeting ID: 580 872 399

Passover 2021

Virtual Seders

For Central Members

Community Seder (Open to All Members)

Saturday, March 27, 6:00 pm

Join the greater Central community for a virtual seder with Cantor Mutlu and Rabbi Sarah Berman, and fellow congregants. The seder will be hosted on Zoom, but it will also be streamed on Facebook and our website for those that are unable to participate on Zoom.

A Family Affair (Elementary School Family Seder)

Saturday, March 27, 5:00 pm

Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal and Jeremy Sipe will lead families with kids in grades K-6 for a seder where we will sing, celebrate, and hit all the seder highlights. We will have about an hour long seder, and then we will let you go to eat dinner with your household or other friends over zoom. Who will find the afikomen? Can we find the youngest child to ask the four questions, even over Zoom? Why is this night different from all other nights? Find out all this and more as we celebrate Passover at a seder unlike any other.

Tot Seder

Saturday, March 27, 4:30 pm

Join Shira Kobren Wasserman and Rabbi Dan Ross for a bite-size seder perfect for families with kids ages 5 and under. We will hit all the highlights, sing your favorite songs, and find the afikoman in an hour or less and then send families off to have dinner. Grandparents and other special guests are welcome to join this seder too -please make sure to register for them as well.

Met Council Mitzvah

Sunday, March 21, 2021, 10:00 am–3:00 pm

Three different hour-and-a-half shifts
Children ages 8 and up are welcome and must be accompanied by their parents

On Passover we are commanded, let all who are hungry, come and eat. As an extension of Central’s work around hunger and food insecurity, you and your family can begin Passover preparations by doing this mitzvah with the Met Council. This is an in-person event, and PPE will be distributed to all participants.


Shift 1: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Shift 2: 11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Shift 3 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Isabel Wilkerson And Rabbi Angela Buchdahl On “Caste”

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 7:00pm

While working on her Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Warmth of Other Suns,” about the Great Migration of African Americans out of the Jim Crow South, Isabel Wilkerson realized that the United States had an unspoken and deeply ingrained caste system.

In her new book “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” a #1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club pick, Wilkerson explores the impact of this American caste system—a rigid hierarchy of human divisions—and its connections to caste systems in India and Nazi Germany. She documents how the Nazis studied American race laws as they planned the German Nuremberg Laws, and she points forward to ways that we can move beyond artificial and destructive separations towards a common humanity.

Join Wilkerson and Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl for a conversation about Caste, the legacy of the Holocaust, and what lies under the surface of American life today.

Register here.

This event is organized by the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Volunteer Opportunities

Breakfast Program
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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

CORE Groups

Looking to meet other members who share your interests, passions, and life experiences? Want to build deeper relationships with individual members of this large and diverse congregation? Let us help you find your CORE Group. In these member-led groups, participants come together (online!) on a regular basis for shared learning, experiences, and conversation. Groups may be organized by demographic, topic, or interest area.

Learn more here or visit the CORE Groups Finder page for a list of open groups.