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Central Synagogue, New York City

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  • This moorish revival style is the oldest in nyc and certainly one of oldest in the United States. The services here are lovely to attend and they have many community social programs including a large ...  more »
  • An absolutely beautiful building. Surprising architecture, very well placed in the center of Manhattan
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  • This is an incredible place of worship which we only found by walking by per chance. The door was propped open so we went inside but after 15 minutes of walking around were informed that it's only ope...  more »
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  • Last night 04/01/2016 was a wonderful and special evening. Noah Aronson is a rock star with a tallit.His energy was enough to light up the entire city. Thanks to all for this wonderful experience . Michael Thomas ,member in good standing for 54 years.
  • Great pre school my granddaughter loves her teachers and classmates
  • The Central Synagogue (Congregation Ahavath Chesed) is located at 652 Lexington Avenue on the corner of E 55th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York. It was built in 1872 in the Moorish Revival style as a copy of Budapest's Dohány Street Synagogue.[5] It has been in continuous use by a congregation longer than any other in the city.[6][7] The building was designed by Henry Fernbach. The dramatic style of the building was the subject of much debate during the construction. Some felt its excess would inspire envy and stand in the way of assimilation.[8] It is among the oldest synagogue buildings still standing in the United States.[9] It was designated a National Historic Landmark on May 15, 1975.[3][6] On Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. a docent conducts a free tour, which begins at the front entrance. The building was restored by 2001 in the original style after an accidental fire in August 1998.[10] The roof and its supports were destroyed as a result of the fire. During this fire, the firefighters' sensitivity for the building saved all but the central pane in the rose window that dominates the eastern (Lexington Avenue) wall. The marble plaques on the north wall of the foyer honor the firefighters of the 8th Battalion of the New York City Fire Department.
  • A magnificent Temple and a terrific Rabinical staff . The Friday night service is a joy to attend and if you love music do not miss it. Uplifting. Howie S.
  • Historic Shul Designed by Henry Fernbach - Excellent Jewish Education, Music & Community Programs - Special guest lecturers over the years included Dr. Henry Kissinger, Tony Blair & Former President Bill Clinton