What makes us special

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.

Our home, a former public library in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of the Upper West Side, provides a light-filled, intimate space for prayer, reflection and learning. Our approach is informal and supportive of a wide range of religious backgrounds, practices, and beliefs. Under the leadership of Rabbi Emily Cohen and Cantor Melissa Berman, Cantor and Director of Family Education, West End Synagogue continues to grow while maintaining its hallmark warmth and intimacy.

We formed in 1985, and celebrate our 35th year in 2020-21..  Our doors are open to all – we hope you will visit for a service or program!

WES Retreat (2019)

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190 Amsterdam Avenue (at 69th Street)
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 579-0777
Fax: (212) 579-2669
Email: office [at] westendsynagogue.org
Affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist movement, Reconstructing Judaism

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