This portrait of a beautiful bat mitzvah girl was made the magnificent Central Synagogue on Lexington Avenue at 55th Street in New York City. This synagogue must really be seen to be believed. The painted, stenciled designs the cover the walls and the tile on the floors are unlike anything outside of southern Spain and Morocco. Built in 1870-72 and designed by Henry Fernbach in the Moorish Revival style a copy of Budapest's Dohány Street Synagogue. It has been in continuous use by a congregation
longer than any other in the state of New York, except Congregation Berith Sholom in Troy, New York and is among the oldest synagogue buildings still standing in the United States.
The building was designated a New York City landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1966 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. It was then designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975.
It was an honor to be the mitzvah photographer creating temple portraits for several bar/bat mitzvahs at this historically significant synagogue. The soaring ceiling and beautiful detailing of the sanctuary is a sight to behold. If you ever have a chance to attend services here, do it, even if you're mostly staring at the detail work in the room.
If your son or daughter is going to become a bar or bat mitzvah at The Central Synagogue, I would love to speak with you.
Location: 652 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022.