Manhattan Synagogues

Town and Village Synagogue

Planning to do some shul shopping? No matter what your relationship was (or wasn’t) to synagogue in your childhood, the time comes in many parents’ lives when they need to find a synagogue for their family. You might be searching for a place to hold a baby naming, a Jewish preschool, a Hebrew school, or for somewhere to hit up on Shabbat and the High Holidays. No matter the reason, finding the perfect fit for you and your family can be even harder than finding the perfect pair of jeans, which is why we’ve compiled this list to help you get started.*  For more information about Tot Shabbats, click here.

Washington Heights/Inwood

Fort Tryon Jewish Center
701 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10033
Denomination: Unaffiliated
Clergy: Rabbi Guy Austrian
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: No
Description: The Fort Tryon Jewish Center (FTJC) is an independent traditional egalitarian community based in Washington Heights and Inwood, Manhattan. We seek to create Jewish spiritual community for our members, to act as a hub and catalyst for egalitarian Jewish life in Northern Manhattan, and to partner with our neighbors to improve the quality of life in Northern Manhattan for all its residents. We are a young and fast-growing congregation, with new membership coming primarily among singles and couples in their 20s and 30s and families with children of all ages. We bring together people of diverse backgrounds and identities to experience the power of traditional Jewish community and ritual with an open, inclusive approach that welcomes LGBTQ people, interfaith families, and those who are new to Judaism and Jewish practice.

Upper West Side

Congregation Ansche Chesed
251 West 100th St
New York, NY 10025
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: Rabbi Yael Hammerman, Cantor Natasha Hirschhorn
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: Yes, Three days a week, Pre-K – 7th grade, Membership required after 3rd grade
Description: Congregation Ansche Chesed is an egalitarian, participatory Conservative synagogue, filled with learning, prayer, celebration and social action. We strive to enable people to enter our community and find their place in any of our activities.  From babies and toddlers to seniors, we offer a rich array of programming. We are a diverse community that comes together to pray, to learn, to laugh and to cry. There is something for everyone here: Shabbat, holiday and daily services, organic vegetables in our lobby, writers reading on our roof, opportunities for social action, and classes for people of all ages all backgrounds.

Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
270 West 89th Street
New York, NY 10024
Denomination: Unaffiliated
Clergy: Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon, Rabbi Felicia Sol, Hazzan Ari Priven
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Hebrew School: Yes, Two days a week, Grades K – 7, Membership required
Preschool: No
Description: B’nai Jeshurun is a passionate Jewish community that inspires spiritual searching, lifts the soul, challenges the mind, and requires social responsibility and action. We strive to experience and express God’s presence as we study, pray, and serve together. We are unified yet diverse and explore the living tension between tradition and progress. We carry out deeds of loving-kindness, foster a meaningful relationship with Israel, and participate in serious dialogue and collaboration with Jewish people and people of other faiths to heal the world. We welcome you to study, pray, and serve with us.

Congregation Habonim
44 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023
Denomination: Conservative
Interfaith Friendly: Yes,
Clergy: Rabbi Joshua Katzan, Cantor Bruce HaLev
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes, Membership required
Religious School: Yes, One day per week, Ages 6 – 13, Membership required
Special Needs: We do our best to accommodate special needs ranging from physical challenges to constructing a welcoming learning environment and experience.
Description: As a neighborhood congregation we offer programming and  experiences for a diverse population beginning with the youngest through the preschool and continuing through adulthood.  We offer a full range of adult education programs as well as parent education programs.

Congregation Rodeph Sholom
7 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024
Denomination: Reform
Clergy: Rabbi Robert Levine, Cantor Rebecca Garfein
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes, Membership required
Hebrew School: Yes, One or two days per week depending on age, Grades K – 12, Membership required
Description: Congregation Rodeph Sholom is a welcoming spiritual community which strives to educate and inspire children, youth and adults to participate actively in worship, Torah study and Jewish life experience, and to put Reform Jewish religious and ethical principles into action.We seek to enrich the lives of our members, contribute to the continuance and vitality of the Jewish people, and Tikkun Olam ― to help “repair the world.”

West End Synagogue
190 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023
(212) 579-0777
Denomination: Reconstructionist
Clergy: Rabbi Marc Margolius, Hazzan Ayelet Piatigorsky, Rabbi Nadia Gold
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Religious School:Yes, Grades 3-7, Two days a week with optional participation in the JCC”s Jewish Journeys Project
Description: West End Synagogue is a diverse group of individuals and families committed to exploring Jewish life and creating an intellectually challenging, spiritually vibrant, and mutually supportive community. Utilizing the principles of Reconstructionist Judaism, we celebrate the richness and diversity of Jewish tradition through study, prayer, meditation, music and Tikkun Olam, or acts of repairing the world.

Upper East Side

Chabad Israel Center
206 E 95th St.
New York, NY 10128
Denomination: Chabad
Clergy: Rabbi Uriel Vigler
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes
Hebrew School: Yes, Ages 5-8

Temple Shaaray Tefila
250 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075
Denomination: Reform
Clergy: Rabbi Deborah A. Hirsch, Interim Senior Rabbi, Cantor Todd Kipnis
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes, Membership required
Hebrew School: Yes, One or two days a week, Ages 6 – 18, Membership required
Description: Shaaray Tefila provides the means for our congregational community to nurture and to continue its life-long involvement in Judaism by instilling a love of our heritage, a shared connection within the warmth of worship, a devotion to community, and a renewed strength in our Jewish identity.


Sutton Place Synagogue
225 East 51st Street,
New York, NY 10022
Denomination: Conservative
Clergy: Rabbi Rachel Ain, Cantor Dov Keren
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: Yes, Membership required
Hebrew School:Yes, Grades K – 12, One or two days a week,  Membership required
Description:From our engaging and interactive Shabbat services, to our highly regarded nursery and religious schools, to the activities we offer for everyone from pre-schoolers to seniors, Sutton Place Synagogue provides spiritual and social opportunities for every segment of our congregation – in an environment where new members are quickly embraced and long-time members stay for generations.


Chabad of the Lower East Side
530D Grand Street Suite 6D
New York, NY 10002
Denomination: Chabad
Clergy: Rabbi Yisroel Stone
Tot Shabbat: No
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: Yes, One day a week, K – 8th grade, Membership not required
Description: Join Chabad for warm and inviting services. No charge for high holiday seats or membership fees.

125 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
Denomination: Everybody friendly (Post-Denominational)
Clergy: Amichai Lau-Lavie
Interfaith Friendly: Yes
Tot Shabbat: Yes
Preschool: No
Hebrew School: No
Description: Lab/Shul is an everybody-friendly, artist-driven, experimental community for sacred Jewish gatherings based in NYC, reaching the world. The Lab/Shul community is dedicated to exploring, creating and celebrating innovative opportunities for contemplation, life cycle rituals, the arts, life-long learning and social justice. Lab/Shul seeks to redefine the role of sacred gatherings that nourish our thirst for meaning, connection, spirituality and community

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