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Visiting Central

Visiting Central

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 and the recommendations of our COVID-19 Task Force. Read about our current COVID-19 Protocols.

Please note the Sanctuary will be closed to the public on Wednesday, April 19, 2023.

Docent Tours of the Sanctuary

Public tours are now available on Wednesdays at 12:45 pm and we are also booking private visits. To request a private tour, please click here.

Visiting Groups

Groups interested in attending worship services may contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), (212) 838-5122 x1000. All are welcome to in-person worship services. Our services are broadcast virtually, and all are welcome to join via our livestreamFacebook, or JBS.


Many of Central Synagogue’s events and programs are open to the public. Our space provides for full access to visitors with unique needs.

Wheelchair Access

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.

Closed Captioning

Closed captioning is provided for Central’s livestreaming and JBS cable services. To access, click here.

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.


Public Access