About Us

At Central Synagogue

Central Synagogue is a thriving Reform congregation in Midtown Manhattan, serving 2,300 families and the larger community.

Dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as New York’s first “mega-shul,” Central Synagogue is one of the largest Jewish congregations in North America and the oldest synagogue in New York City in continuous use.

Our world famous clergy team includes Senior Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, a leading figure in the international movement to re-imagine Reform Judaism and currently ranked #3 among America’s Most Influential Rabbis, and Senior Cantor Angela W. Buchdahl, an unparalleled musical talent who is also the first Asian-American to be ordained in Jewish history and the first woman to become both a rabbi and cantor.

Every Friday evening, more than 500 people join us for Shabbat worship in our breathtaking Main Sanctuary (a National Landmark) and more than 100 virtual visitors join via live streaming.

Our Religious School and Early Childhood Center play an integral role in the Jewish learning of more than 800 of our children.

Quick Facts

Original Name:

Ahawath Chesed

Founded:

1846

Building dedicated:

1872

Architect:

Henry Fernbach

Renamed Central Synagogue:

1917

Congregation size:

2,300 households

Full-time clergy team:

4 Rabbis, 2 Cantors

Full-time staff team:

100+ employees

Board of trustees:

36