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Welcome to Central Synagogue. Central is transforming the way people experience Jewish life, cultivating ongoing exploration, and pursing a powerful vision for the role of Judaism in the world. We offer many portals for connection and invite you to join us in whichever way you feel most comfortable and inspired. Whether through “head, hand or heart” (learning, social justice, worship/music), we want to help enhance your personal experience with Reform Judaism.

Central Synagogue is one of the largest congregations in North America and the oldest synagogue in New York City in continuous use. With amazing courage and vision, the 140 families of Ahawath Chesed, founded in 1846 and located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, headed uptown in 1872 to build a synagogue large enough to seat 1,400 individuals. Today, Central is the spiritual home to more than 6,500 individuals who make up the vibrant tapestry of Jewish life at Central.

We hope you will explore the website so you can define and expand your role so that you can participate to the fullest extent possible in any and all of our activities.

We are not currently accepting new member applications though we are maintaining a simple wait list. Your name will be placed on the list and membership will be offered as slots are available in the order in which we received inquiries. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please send your name, email address, and telephone number to or call us at 212-838-5122 ext. 3007. We hope to be able to make some offers during the summer. We appreciate your interest in becoming a member of Central Synagogue and thank you for your patience.