Central Synagogue is a kehillah kedoshah—a holy community—offering a wide range of opportunities for involvement at all stages of life. From daily morning worship, to Jewish study programming and stimulating evening lectures, to social justice opportunities and so much more, there is a place for you in our community. Welcome.
We are privileged to be made up of committed, involved, and passionate membership, and the strength of our community relies on our members’ ongoing participation. Through membership to Central Synagogue, congregants demonstrate their commitment to our community, to the future of Reform Judaism, and to progressive Jewish values in the world.
Central Synagogue is an inclusive and welcoming community. We encourage participation from all who seek a connection to Jewish life and want to be part of our sacred community regardless of religious background, race, ethnicity, gender, ability, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We are committed to being an open tent, a place that welcomes all people, including those who have been historically and institutionally marginalized or excluded from the Jewish community. Learn more about our vision at our About Us page.
Join Central Synagogue
In order to best meet the needs of our community, we limit our membership to 2,600 households. To have your name added to our waiting list, please contact us here. We will contact you as space becomes available. We are typically able to extend an invitation to join within 18–24 months.
Central Synagogue does not currently offer a special membership category for our virtual out-of-town community. If you fall into this category, we invite you to join our waitlist for regular membership or to continue to be a part of our virtual community for which no membership is required.
Benefits of Membership
The goal of the Central Synagogue community is to facilitate the creation of relationships with each other, with our Clergy, and with Judaism. Members opportunities include:
High Holy Days
- Membership dues include tickets for your household (one or two adults and children under 26) to attend our High Holiday member services, which are held in our Main Sanctuary and David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.
- Purchase up to two guest tickets per household for family or friends to attend services with you.
- Attend High Holiday services at other synagogues in the United States or abroad via reciprocity.
Raising Jewish Children
Programs, Trips, and Events
- Receive our members-only communications such as our Central Weekly email newsletter and notes from our Clergy.
- Travel with us on trips to Israel and other Jewish communities around the world.
- Attend members-only events such as our Congregational Seder and Sukkot on the Farm.
- Join one of our many small groups with members who share your interests, passions, and life experiences, such as our member-led CORE groups, 20s and 30s, CenSyngles for those 50 years and up, Chai Connections for those 70 years and up, or our LGBTQ or Jews of Color groups.
Annual Membership Dues 2021–22
One-Parent Family Membership
Two-Parent Family Membership
Family membership includes High Holy Days tickets for all children ages 3–26 and eligibility for LCLJ and May Family Nursery School enrollment. Tuition to our LCLJ Religious School can be found here.
There is an automatic 50% reduction of dues for households with a member under 30 years old. If you fall in this category and don’t see it reflected on your dues statement, please let us know.
Central Synagogue does not currently offer a special membership category for our virtual out-of-town community. If you fall into this category, we would invite you to join our waitlist for regular membership, or to continue to be a part of our virtual community for which no membership is required.