Becoming a Member

At Central Synagogue

Central Synagogue is a membership-based community. Our members have a voice in shaping this community, and demonstrate their commitment to its future, to the future of Reform Judaism, and to progressive Jewish values in the world.

Our Community

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, socioeconomic status, ability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity. Learn more »

Join Central Synagogue

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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 fill out the form below. We will contact you as space becomes available—we are typically able to extend an invitation to join within 18–24 months.

We encourage and welcome the larger community to engage with us. Much of our programming is open to all, including Shabbat worship, adult education, and social justice opportunities. We invite you to explore our calendar and experience the Central Synagogue community.

Central Synagogue doesn’t 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.


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 have the opportunity to:

High Holy Days

  • Membership dues include tickets for your household (one or two adults and children under 27) to attend our High Holy Days member services, held in David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, with the option for one service in our Main Sanctuary
  • Purchase up to two guest tickets per household for family or friends to attend services with you.
  • Attend High Holy Days services at other synagogues in the United States or abroad via reciprocity

Pastoral Care & Life Cycles

  • Meet with our clergy for pastoral care
  • Hold life-cycle events such as weddings and funerals in our Sanctuary
  • Rent our spaces for other purposes such as brises, meetings, and parties
  • Secure a place in Central’s section at Rose Hills Memorial Park cemetery

Raising Jewish children

  • Enroll your children in our Nursery School, with eligibility for early notification admissions
  • Enroll your children in our Lese Center for Living Judaism (after-school PreK–12 program)
  • Have your children become bar/bat mitzvah at Central

Programs, Trips, and Events

  • Receive our members-only publications such as our 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 our CORE Groups and Chai Connections

  • Annual Membership Dues 2020–21

    Central Synagogue’s goal is that finances should never be a barrier to being part of our community. If you’re unable to meet your membership or tuition obligations in full, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    One-Adult Membership
    includes $150 security surcharge

    $1650

    Two-Adult Membership
    includes $300 security surcharge

    $3300

    One-Parent Family Membership
    includes $150 security surcharge

    $2000

    Two-Parent Family Membership
    includes $300 security surcharge

    $4050

    Family membership includes High Holy Days tickets for all children ages 3–26 and eligibility for LCLJ and NS enrollment.

    There is an automatic 50% reduction of dues for households in which the primary member is under 30. If you fall in this category and don’t see it reflected on your dues statement, please let us know.

    Central Synagogue doesn’t 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.


    LCLJ Tuition

    K–2nd Grade

    $875

    3rd–5th Grade

    $2,125

    6th Grade

    $3,000

    7th Grade

    $1,550

    8th & 9th Grade

    $1,500

    10th Grade

    $1,800**

    11th–12th Grade

    $360

    **10th grade tuition includes cost of mandatory Confirmation retreat.

    Our People

    Elizabeth Brown

    Elizabeth Brown

    Director of Member Experience

    Rosie Morreale

    Rosalia Morreale

    Membership Associate