Over the past several weeks, we have carefully and thoughtfully adjusted our procedures and practices to enable the resumption of more in-person activities in a way that is consistent with the latest CDC and New York State guidelines. As of July 2, 2021, all vaccinated members may attend weekly Shabbat services in person. Masking will be optional and social distancing will be encouraged. Proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test from no more than 72 hours prior to the service is currently required for entry. Read more about reopening here.
Docent Tours of the Sanctuary
Free tours of the Sanctuary by Central Synagogue docents are given every Wednesday at 12:45 pm.* Reservations are not necessary. Independent tour groups are not permitted during this time. Tours are approximately one hour.
If you would like to schedule a private tour when our buildings are once again open, please complete our booking form and a member of our Events Team will contact you within 48 hours.
*Please note that tours are currently on hold due to the pandemic. During normal operations, tours do not take place on major religious or federal holidays.
Many of Central Synagogue’s events and programs are open to the public. Our space provides for full access to visitors with unique needs.
There is ramp and elevator access to our Sanctuary for those unable to climb stairs. The entrance ramp is located on 55th Street, just off Lexington Avenue. At the end of the ramp, a member of our staff will direct guests to the conveniently located elevator with access to our Sanctuary on the main floor. Spacious restrooms are also accessible by elevator.
Assistive Listening Devices and Large Print Prayer Books
Our ushers are happy to provide visitors with hearing enhancement devices and/or large print prayer books upon request.
PEARLS Hearing Loop System
Our state-of-the-art hearing loop system enhances the worship experience for those who may be hard of hearing. This system was generously donated by Mindy and Jon Gray and their family in honor of Mindy’s mother, Pearl Basser, in blessed memory. Anyone with a hearing aid or a cochlear implant that is equipped with a t-coil will receive a direct audio feed of our services and programs in the Sanctuary and Lindenbaum Pavilion. Please note, the t-coil setting in hearing aids have to be activated before use. Consult your audiologist to ensure t-coils are properly adjusted.
Virtual Worship: Call-in and Livestreaming
Our Shabbat services are accessible both in person and via livestreaming and call-in. Click here for more information on all these options.