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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

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Is Central currently open for worship?

We welcome guests of members and visitors to services each week. Worship services are mask-appreciated. We encourage mask-wearing as masks are a proven method to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Central Synagogue continues to require full vaccination for entry into our facilities. Vaccination status is determined by the number of doses and boosters recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) based on age group and health status. We require at least three shots for all people over five years of age. 

You can find our calendar here and ways to virtually attend or listen here.

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 outside 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 outside of office hours and is available to any Central member with a life cycle emergency.

Central members in need of non-emergency pastoral support may reach out to a member of our Clergy team at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or leave a message at (212) 838-5122 x1000. Someone will get back to you promptly.


How many members belong to Central?

As of March 2021, Central Synagogue’s congregation includes 2,600 households.

How do I become a member?

We are privileged to be made up of a committed, involved, and passionate membership. For more about joining our congregation, please visit our Membership page.

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. As of July 2, 2021, all vaccinated members may attend weekly Shabbat services in person. Masking will be optional and social distancing will be encouraged. Proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test from no more than 72 hours prior to the service is currently required for entry. Read more about reopening here. Please join us during services via our livestream or watch previous sermons here

How can I obtain a prayer book for Shabbat service?

An online Mishkan T’Filah Transliterated (first book in the list) used during Central’s services is available. Additionally, a print version of our prayer book is available from CCAR Press.

Do you hold a morning minyan? Are these services open to all?

All are invited to join us each morning for our lay-led Morning Minyan service currently held weekday mornings via Zoom from 8:00 – 8:15 am. For the link, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Is there disability access?

Yes, the entrance ramp is located on 55th Street, just off Lexington Avenue. You can find more information about accessibility at our Visiting Central page


Is there parking nearby?

Street parking is limited, however there are many parking garages nearby. 

  • Champion 55 parking is located at 133 East 55th Street (between Park and Lexington)
  • iPark NYC Parking is located at 155 East 55th (between 3rd and Lexington)

Are you a Kosher Venue?

Central Synagogue is a Reform synagogue. We practice Kosher-style dietary rules.

Does Central have a gift shop?

Central does not have a gift shop, but we recommend Judaica Classics by Doina at 1248 Lexington Avenue (between 84th & 85th streets).

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.

Where should I mail a monetary contribution or other correspondence?

Please send to:

Central Synagogue
123 East 55th Street
New York NY, 10022

You can also find more on ways to give at our Donate page.