About Us

At Central Synagogue

Central Synagogue is a thriving Reform congregation in Midtown Manhattan, serving 2,600 families and the larger community.

Central Synagogue is one of the largest Jewish congregations in North America and the oldest synagogue in New York City in continuous use.

Our world famous clergy team includes Senior Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, a leading figure in the international movement to re-imagine Reform Judaism and currently ranked #3 among America’s Most Influential Rabbis, and Senior Cantor Angela W. Buchdahl, an unparalleled musical talent who is also the first Asian-American to be ordained in Jewish history and the first woman to become both a rabbi and cantor.

Every Friday evening, more than 500 people join us for Shabbat worship in our breathtaking Main Sanctuary (a National Landmark) and more than 1,000 virtual visitors join via live streaming.

Our Religious School and Early Childhood Center play an integral role in the Jewish learning of more than 800 of our children.

We are members of:

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)
Comprised of nearly 900 Reform congregations in North America.

The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)
Representing liberal, progressive, and Reform Jewish communities on every continent.

We support:

ARZA (The Reform Israel Fund)
The largest supporter of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) and the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)
The Reform Movement’s hub for social justice and advocacy in Washington, DC.

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)
The oldest extant Jewish seminary in North America and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism.

Quick Facts

Original Name:

Shaar Hashomayim and Ahawath Chesed


1839 and 1846, respectively

Building dedicated:



Henry Fernbach

Renamed Central Synagogue:


Congregation size:

2,600 households

Full-time clergy team:

4 Rabbis, 2 Cantors

Full-time staff team:

100+ employees

Board of trustees: