Shabbat at Central Synagogue is a unique and meaningful experience. More than five hundred people fill the Sanctuary on Friday evenings as the congregation and our welcome visitors join in worship and song. The smaller group on Saturday mornings provides a more intimate and participatory worship setting to learn and celebrate with our b’nei mitzvah families.
6:00 pm Friday Evenings
9:30 am Saturday Mornings*
*Some Saturdays at 11:30 am; please check our calendar.
Our Shabbat services are always open to the public–visit us.
Via Live Stream
All services in our Main Sanctuary are live streamed using high-definition cameras. Visit our live streaming page (active during services).
Dial toll-free 1-888-758-7870. At the prompt, use the following pass code: 599-29-69
Shalom TV broadcasts our Shabbat services Fridays live at 6:00 pm and again at 10:00 pm. Find your local Shalom TV station.
For Friday night Shabbat worship, Central Synagogue uses Mishkan Tefilah: A Reform Siddur, published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. This innovative format includes the Hebrew text with both a transliteration and English translation.
“The essential foundation of Reform Judaism–its emphasis on ethical action and social justice–is still the overriding theological message of the Mishkan T’filah liturgy: God demands something of us. This message is present throughout the interpretive readings and is best encapsulated in the prayerbook’s introduction to the Amidah: ‘Pray as if everything depended on God. Act as if everything depended on you.’ The Reform message is as strong as ever, and this prayerbook will help unify Reform Jews to pray together with that message in mind.” –excerpted from Cantor Buchdahl’s review of the Mishkan Tefilah in Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility. Read the full book review.
Order the Mishkan T’filah online from CCAR Press.
Do you have an iPad? Follow along with the Mishkan T’filah app. Download from iTunes
For Saturday mornings, we have crafted our own Shabbat prayer book. Download our Shabbat morning prayer book here.
We also refer to Rabbi Gunther Plaut’s The Torah: A Modern Commentary, available to order from the URJ.
Learn the Shabbat & Torah blessings.
Tot Shabbat occurs twice a month, once on Friday evening and once on Saturday morning, for families with pre-school age children.
More about Tot Shabbat.
Once a month, children in kindergarten through fourth grade attend a Shabbat service geared toward them. Parents and children join together in the Sanctuary at 6:00 pm to welcome Shabbat with the congregation. Then the children head downstairs to the Pavilion for an age-appropriate service led by a member of the clergy and our full-time teachers. Children rejoin their parents in the Sanctuary for the conclusion of the prayer service.
TheWarehouseNYC, the Josh Nelson Project, and Central Synagogue invite you to a new Shabbat experience. TheWarehouse, an alternative Shabbat experience, provides a point of reentry for underserved and unaffiliated young Jews in major metropolitan areas. Currently in a pilot phase in New York City, TheWarehouse is a fresh model of contemporary worship, a groundbreaking experience held in an unconventional physical space, utilizing innovative music and new media. By creating a worship event that meets the aesthetic, cultural, and spiritual needs of this demographic, TheWarehouse offers an opportunity for reengagement that feels organic, inspired and relevant. Follow Central Synagogue Young Professionals on Facebook for upcoming Warehouse Shabbat dates.
In the Torah portion of Yitro (Exodus 18:1–20:23), Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, suggests to Moses that he appoint others to help him apply the laws of God to the Israelites’ disputes. Each year when we read this portion, Central Synagogue honors the legal profession in a special service called Jethro Shabbat. We invite a distinguished member of the legal profession to address our congregation on a topic of their choice.
Each year, Central Synagogue honors a Jewish person who has contributed to the community.
Shabbat Shira, the Sabbath of Song, is a time to celebrate music.