Landmark Synagogue Celebrates Historic Birthday: The Jewish Center Turns 100


Much has changed about the landscape of the Upper West Side over the course of the past hundred years, but one of our historic institutions is as vibrant as ever. The Jewish Center was founded on 86th Street in 1917 and has been a fixture of Jewish life in this neighborhood ever since. Today the synagogue is booming. Membership has reached record levels and the building is bustling with activity week in and week out. A renewed investment on millennials and families with young children has made The Jewish Center one of the hottest destinations on the Upper West Side.

The Centennial celebration, which began in the fall, has included historic neighborhood walks, curation of extensive archives, lectures from its past rabbis and scholars, an oral history project, youth events, social action initiatives and even a Roaring 20’s themed black-and-white soiree.

As The Jewish Center pivots toward its next century, it has begun engaging the most pressing issues of the day. The spring semester will feature programs celebrating Israel and remembering the Holocaust; social events for young professionals; activities for children and seniors; Torah classes for beginners and veterans alike; and a high profile armchair conversation on Immigration and American Values. All the events are open to the general public.

Celebrate with the Jewish Center

The Jewish Center Centennial comes to a close with a gala dinner to be held at The Plaza Hotel on the evening of June 5th.  The program will include musical performances, a tribute to its Rabbis past and present as well as a walking gallery.  Visit to learn more about our centennial programming, to register for the dinner and be a part of living history on the West Side.

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