The West Side Jewish Center is a vibrant synagogue and social center located in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Adjacent to Pennsylvania Station, Madison Square Garden and the Jacob Javits Convention Center, the synagogue is located in the center of Manhattan's most up and coming neighborhood.
Future development projects - such as the relocation and expansion of Penn Station, development over the West Side rail yards, and an explosion of new residential buildings - promises an exciting future for our area of midtown and our synagogue.
The synagogue offers classes, lectures and social programs for all ages. There is a full schedule of daily morning and afternoon minyanim, as well as Shabbat and Holidays.
Many members of our morning minyan work in the neighborhood. They come from all over the metropolitan New York City area. Some arrive by train at Penn Station; others by car and make use of the free parking adjacent to the shul.
Our traditional Kabbalat Shabbat services are sometimes followed by a festive dinner and socializing for young singles. See Midtown Shabbat Dinner. Our Shabbat morning services are attended by members who live between Greenwich Village and the Clinton neighborhoods. We also receive numerous visitors from all over the world who are staying in the nearby hotels. After services, we host a sit-down kiddush where guests and regulars have an easy schmooze.
On Saturday afternoons after Mincha you are welcome to join our convivial discussions of the week's Parsha, a chapter from Pirkei Avot or a Talmudic passage chosen by Rabbi Herman.
Rabbi Jason Herman serves as the Mara D’Atra, spiritual leader, of Congregation Beth Israel - West Side Jewish Center, and as the Executive Director of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, a professional organization of Orthodox Rabbis across the United States and around the world.
Rabbi Herman has been an advocate for Jewish and social justice causes, and has advised and been involved with several Jewish organizations. He is currently a fellow at Rabbis Without Borders.
Rabbi Herman received his semicha, Rabbinic ordination, from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and is an alumnus of the Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a former investment banker.
Our 3,000 square foot social room is available for simchas and organizational meetings or classes.
For rental information, please contact the West Side Jewish Center office at (212) 502-5291 or at firstname.lastname@example.org