Central Synagogue Bat Mitzvah Photographer
Ira Casel Photography

Central Synagogue Bat Mitzvah Photographer

I love this picture of a bat mitzvah girl at the torah. I made the portrait first time I had the opportunity photograph a family temple portrait session at the magnificent, word famous Central Synagogue on Lexington Avenue in East Midtown Manhattan. If you look closely at the walls at the back of the bima, you can see intricate patterns which are actually stenciled and hand-painted. The walls throughout the sanctuary are similarly covered and the floor is an incredible work by tile artisans.

Central Synagogue (Congregation Ahawath Chesed Shaar Hashomayim) is a Reform synagogue built in 1870–1872 and designed by Henry Fernbach in the Moorish Revival style as 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.[9]

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.

You can learn more about this staggeringly beautiful synagogue here https://www.centralsynagogue.org/

Location: 652 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022.