308 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
212-752-1200
Main floor of Sanctuary
Sanctuary from Balcony
Pews
Sanctuary Vestibule
Sanctuary Doors

Sanctuary Renovation

We recently completed the first phase of a complete renovation of the synagogue building. We replaced the roof and reconstructed the fire escapes to ensure a safe and secure building well into the new century. We then renovated our main sanctuary. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Removed an unattractive acoustical-tile ceiling and outdated lighting fixtures, revealing a soaring beamed ceiling which added 20 feet to the height of the sanctuary and greatly increased the space over the balcony seating.
  • Removed light boxes and radiators which impinged on the worship space; insulated and rebuilt the walls. 
  • Replaced worn-out  pews with beautiful cherry wood pews with high densit foam seat cushions.  Refinished the floor and installed all new carpeting.
  • Moved the heating and air conditioning ducts to the top of the walls and rebuilt the entire heating and cooling system,
    ensuring a comfortable environment for all seasons.
  • Lighting under balcony replaced by cool, efficient LED units for more even and pleasing illumination.
  • Outdated lighting fixtures replaced by elegant custom brass chandeliers, in keeping with the new design; coordinating sconces on the walls.
  • Sound system replaced and upgraded to ensure that services are clear and audible.
  • Main staircases to sanctuary level and sanctuary vestibule were completely rebuild. New chair lift installed for easy access to sanctuary level.
  • Two small entrance doors replaced with one large central door to ensure easy access to sanctuary.
  • Reconfigured Bima area.


We are currently raising the funds to refixture the Bima and install a enlarged and redesigned Ark and wall behind the Bima. In a future stage of work we will renovate the Social Hall on the ground floor. Click here for information on our Capital Campaign.

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