Explore the Stunning Sanctuary of NYC’s Central Synagogue

Exterior of Central Synagogue on the Lower East Side

Explore the sanctuary of the oldest synagogue in continuous use in New York City, Central Synagogue. Designated a New York City Landmark in 1966 and a National Historic Landmark in 1975, this synagogue was designed by prominent Jewish architect Henry Fernbach. At the building's dedication in 1872, Rabbi Adolph Heubsch described it as “a house of worship in evidence of the high degree of development only possible under a condition of freedom.”

On this docent led tour, Insiders will get to see the stunning 1,400 seat sanctuary which features two domed towers, colorful stained glass, including a great rose window which represents an interpretation of the Dohany Street Synagogue in Budapest, ornate stencil work on the walls, the Gabe M. Wiener Memorial Organ, intricately carved walnut and ash pews and beautiful patterned floor tile work. The beauty of the synagogue today is thanks to extensive renovation work that took place after a fire in 1998 which caused part of the roof to collapse. Thankfully, all of stained glass windows, the exterior walls, and the original ark were saved.

The history of this congregation dates back to the early 1800s. The modern day congregation is descended from two parent congregations, Shaar Hashomayim and Ahawath Chesed, which were founded by German-speaking immigrants. The two congregations eventually merged and became known as Central Synagogue.


If you are already an Untapped New York Insider, log in to your account, and sign up for this tour on this page when registration opens on 2/5 at 12 PM EST.

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Tickets are limited to one per member, unless the member is an Explorer level member and can bring a guest. Tickets are non-transferable and your membership must be active when the tour takes place. Each booking will be verified to ensure each guest is a member. 

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  • Registration for this event opens on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at 12PM EST
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 2:00pm - 3:00PM
  • Capacity: 25 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • Meeting Location: Please meet at the Community House located at 123 East 55th St. (In between Lexington and Park Ave) The group will be taken by the docent across the street to the sanctuary to start the tour.