Virtual Opportunities for Prayer

“When you pray, pray in the synagogue of your city; if you are unable to pray in the synagogue, pray in your field; if you are unable to pray in your field, pray in your home; if you are unable to pray in your home, pray on your couch; and, if you are unable to pray on your couch, meditate in your heart.” Midrash Tehillim


Shavuot (“weeks” in Hebrew) is the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. The holiday occurs seven weeks after Passover (usually in May or June on the secular calendar). Shavuot began as an ancient agricultural festival that marked the end of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest. In ancient times, Shavuot was a pilgrimage festival during which Israelites brought crop offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. Today, it is a celebration of Torah, education, and actively choosing to participate in Jewish life. It also is customary to eat dairy, especially cheese blintzes. Some say this represents Israel as “a land flowing with milk and honey.”

Erev Shavuot Service
Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 6:00–7:00 pm

A festival service for the eve of Shavuot. Join us on our livestream or Facebook page.

Virtual Shavuot Oneg
Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 7:15 pm

Following the Erev Shavuot Service, join Rabbis Ari Lorge and Rebecca Rosenthal, Cantor Dan Mutlu, and your fellow Central members for a short schmooze via Zoom as we welcome Shavuot together. Bring your favorite drink and dairy dessert as we celebrate the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

Register here for Zoom link to be sent Thursday morning (Open to Central members only.)

Shavuot Yizkor Service
Friday, May 29, 2020 at 9:30–11:00 am

A special Shavuot morning service which will include moving yizkor (remembrance) liturgy. This service will be led by Rabbi Mo Salth and Cantor Julia Cadrain.

Join us on our livestream or Facebook page.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

On Shavuot, when we celebrate receiving Torah at Sinai, it is customary to stay up studying into the morning hours. This year there are a few exciting opportunities to engage in this tradition virtually:

    1. “Tikkun Leil Shavuot from Our Balconies, Porches and Homes: Humankind in the Face of Creation”

    The Daniels Centers First-Ever Trans-Atlantic English Track
    Thursday, May 28th, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET
    Rabbi Angela Buchdahl will be one of three American rabbis leading this event.
    Starting at 3:40 pm Rabbi Buchdahl will discuss “Snapshots from NYC” and how Judaim brings out “calls to action” during the hardest of days.
    This event will be broadcast live on The Daniel Centers’ Facebook page.
    Learn more here.

    2. “Stay the Night”

    The JCC Manhattan’s 2020/5780 Paul Feig z”l Tikkun Leil Shavuot
    Thursday, May 28, 9:00 pm–Friday, May 29, 5:00 am.
    Join Rabbi Hilly Haber and come together with people from across the spectrum of Jewish life for a revelatory night of study, film, music, and more in celebration of Shavuot. Bring your own cheesecake and come for an hour or stay the night! Rabbi Haber will teach over the course of the evening.
    Learn more and register

    3. Reform Movement Tikkun Leil Shavuot

    Thursday May 28, 8:00 pm - 12:00 am.
    An evening of learning, music, prayer, and poetry in which we will learn from our movement’s leading clergy, scholars, and leaders. Together, we will delve into the beauty, complexity, and joy of Torah. Join for one, two, three, or all four hours.
    Learn more and register here.

Clergy Team Highlight

On April 17, Cantors Dan Mutlu and Julia Cadrain joined Cantor Lizzie Weiss of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, CA for a coast-to-coast blessing for all the essential workers keeping us safe at this time.

Ongoing Weekly Worship Opportunities

Friday Night Shabbat Service:

6:00 pm

Saturday Morning Shabbat Services:

9:30 am, most weeks

Mishkan Service: (a more intimate, participatory worship experience)

9:30 am, select Saturdays

Morning Minyan: 8:00 am, Mondays - Fridays

All are invited to join us each morning for this lay-led service held weekday mornings on Zoom. For the link, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Please see our calendar for more detailed information.


We livestream our Shabbat services Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, as well as holiday services and special events. Click here to access our livestream.

How to join us:

Via Central Synagogue’s Facebook page on Facebook Live.

By Phone: call 1-605-475-5619 with pass code 776-041-1657, or call toll-free 1-877-864-6450*

*If your phone plan has free long-distance calling or unlimited minutes, we ask that you consider using the (605) number to help us defray these expenses so that we can continue to provide this important service.

On TV: Shabbat Services are aired live on the Jewish Broadcasting Service (JBS) at 6:00 pm with an encore at 11:00 pm.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, JBS streams our Friday night service at 7:30 pm with an encore at 11:00 pm.

Find your local JBS channel

Pastoral Care

Any Central member in need of support should reach out to a member of our Clergy team at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or leave a message at (212) 838-5122 x.1000 and someone will get back to you promptly.

Any member with a lifecycle emergency should call (347) 334-1043.