At Central Synagogue

Like what you hear?

You can listen to more music from Central Synagogue on Soundcloud, on our YouTube channel, and by downloading Sounds of Shabbat, a 17-track album recorded in our Sanctuary by our music team.

The Gabe M. Wiener Memorial Organ Concerts

Central hosts semi-monthly lunchtime organ concerts featuring talented musicians from around the world. Upcoming dates are listed on our Events Calendar. More about the Gabe M. Wiener Memorial Organ can be found on the About Us: Our Sanctuary page.

Congregational Choirs

Our congregational choirs (Teen and Adult) are a wonderful way to experience Jewish music. Participate in worship services, concerts, and learn the music of our liturgy. Previous music and/or Hebrew background welcome but not necessary. The choir performs at services throughout the year. For more information, contact Laura Kim.

Sounding Jewish Tradition: The Music of Central Synagogue by Judah M. Cohen

This fascinating work was produced in 2011, written by Judah M. Cohen, the Lou and Sybil Mervis Professor of Jewish Culture, Associate Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, and Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Indiana University, under the direction of former Assistant Cantor Elizabeth Sacks, with support from Cantor Angela Buchdahl, and funding from the Rubinstein Family Archival Fund. The outstanding monograph offers us unique insight into the history of Jewish liturgical music in America as it evolved to find its own voice in American society. At the heart of this history are generations of rabbis, cantors, and their choirs and musicians who continually strove to enrich our worship and Jewish communal life. To request a copy, please contact our Archives Office at (212) 838-5122 ext. 2041.

Listen to Tracks

Meet Our Musicians

David Strickland, Music Director, organ, keyboard
Misa Iwama, Assistant Music Director, alto
Ivan Barenboim, clarinet and recorder
Benny Koonyevsky, percussion
Dave Romano, string bass
Tami Petty, soprano
David Vanderwal, tenor
Neil Netherly, bass

Blessings & Other Music

Listen to “Taking Your Place”by Abigail Pogrebin, sung by Rabbi Angela Buchdahl
Get the Sheet Music for “Taking Your Place” by Abigail Pogrebin
Read about “Taking Your Place” by Abigail Pogrebin
Member Abigail Pogrebin wrote this song at the request of Rabbi Rubinstein and Cantor Buchdahl to underscore the meaning of becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Read about Abigail’s journey to writing this song at

“Zekher l’ma’ase” by Lazar Weiner
Central commissioned this work to celebrate our centennial in 1970.