Central Synagogue, New York City

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Central Synagogue (Congregation Ahawath Chesed Shaar Hashomayim; Yiddish: צענטראל-סינאגאגע‎) is a Reform synagogue located at 652 Lexington Avenue, at the corner of East 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was built in 1870–1872 and was designed by Henry Fernbach in the Moorish Revival style as a copy of Budapest's Dohány Street Synagogue. It has been in continuous use by a congregation longer than any other in the state of New York, except Congregation Berith Sholom in Troy, New York and is among the oldest synagogue buildings still standing in the United States.
The building was designated a New York City landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1966 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. It was then designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975.
On Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. a docent conducts a free tour, which begins at the front entrance.
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  • I ;like the music and the rabbis and cantors are inspiring at this place. When I cannot make it to shul I watch the services from there on JBS.  more »
  • This is a magnificent synagogue, just a few steps from Fifth Av. On Wednesdays there is a free tour which includes interesting information about the Jewish faith and the history of the synagogue...  more »
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  • What a beautiful building! Even if you don't worship here, this is an amazing place to see.
  • Love this site, you're able to get live shabbat services!

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