Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Where is Central Synagogue located?
Central Synagogue Main Sanctuary & Pavilion
652 Lexington Avenue (at East 55th Street)
New York, NY 10022-3566
Nearest subway: 4/6 @ 51st Street; E/M @ Lexington Ave/53rd Street
Wheelchair accessible entrance ramp is located on 55th Street, just off Lexington Avenue.
Central Synagogue Community House
123 East 55th Street (between Park & Lexington)
New York, NY 10022-3566
Nearest subway: 4/6 @ 51st Street; E/M @ Lexington Ave/53rd Street; N/R/W @ Lexington Ave/59th Street
How can I contact Central Synagogue?
Call us at (212) 838-5122
May Family Nursery School: x4003
LCLJ Religious School: x4033
Is Central currently open for worship?
When is the Sanctuary typically open to visitors?
Our Sanctuary is usually open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00–2:00 pm, but due to the pandemic, our Sanctuary is currently closed to tours and visits. You can find more on our Visiting Central page.
I’m a member. How can I reach someone if I’m experiencing an after-hours life cycle emergency?
If you are a member of Central who is experiencing an after-hours life cycle emergency, please leave a message at (347) 334-1043. This phone line is monitored 24/7 and is available to any Central member with a life cycle emergency.
How many members belong to Central?
As of March 2021, Central Syagogue’s congregation included 2,600 households.
How do I become a member?
Can I hold a life cycle event at Central or book a room for an event?
You must be a member in good standing in order to hold a life cycle event or to book a room at Central. Weddings, baby namings, britot, and funerals are all considered life cycle events. Members can find booking information at our Room Rentals page.
When do Shabbat services take place?
Friday services start at 6:00 pm, and Saturdays start at 9:30 am. As we hold additional services for b’nei mitzvahs and other holidays, it is best to check our calendar for up-to-date service days and times, as well as for information on our upcoming programs and special events. Services are open to all and are currently being held virtually due to the COVID-19 health pandemic. Please join us during services via our livestream or watch previous sermons here.
How can I obtain a prayer book for Shabbat service?
Do you hold a morning minyan? Are these services open to all?
Is there disability access?
Is there parking nearby?
Are you a Kosher Venue?
Central Synagogue is a Reform synagogue. We practice Kosher-style dietary rules.
Does Central have a gift shop?
Does Central accept items for donation?
We do not generally accept donated clothing or furniture, though Central does hold several food and clothing donation drives throughout the year. For information on any current donation drives or other volunteer opportunities, please visit our Youth & Family Engagement Repairing the World and Adult Engagement Repairing the World pages. If you would like to support Central Synagogue’s programming and services with a monetary contribution, you can learn more at our Donation page.