Welcome to West End Synagogue, a Reconstructionist congregation on New York's Upper West Side dedicated to building an intellectually challenging, spiritually vibrant, diverse, and mutually supportive Jewish community.
We hope that you enjoy our website, and that you will drop by soon to visit us in the real world! Please let us know if you have any questions, or would like additional information about any aspect of our community.
We gather for a special contemplative, musical celebration of Shabbat on the third Friday of each month, featuring seating in the round, percussion accompaniment, and very spirited communal singing of the Shabbat prayers and blessings. Shirat HaLev is a wonderful way to release the stresses of another New York City week, and connect with one’s self and the West End Synagogue community.
Yedid Nefesh (Companion of the Soul)
Fourth Friday of each month
Rabbi Marc Margolius leads Yedid Nefesh (Companion of the Soul), on the fourth Friday of each month. Yedid Nefesh is a contemplative service for Shabbat evening consisting largely of guided silent meditation, interspersed with chanting and a short teaching.
While the basic liturgy will be followed, this one-hour service will be essentially quieter and more reflective in nature. No prior meditation experience is necessary or assumed.
Photo CC W. Leadbetter
Jewish Family Life and Learning replaces the Hebrew School model with a dynamic new paradigm integrating children's classroom learning with creative, family-based celebration of Shabbat and the cycle of Jewish holidays, and intergenerational Tikkun Olam (social action) activities. Our Tot Shabbat is a warm, welcoming special Shabbat morning program each week for younger children and their parents. Dor Hadash ("New Generation") is our program of dynamic weekly teen learning activities led by our Rabbi, Hazzan, Educational Director and lay leaders.
From tots to teens, we seek to instill in our children and parents a love of Judaism and Jewish culture through our philosophy of creative, whole family, hands-on learning. Our goal is to create a dynamic, inclusive community of families, all on a journey of Jewish discovery.