The Moise Safra Center

When the Moise Safra Center opens in the fall of 2018, New York City will gain an exciting new destination in its cultural, social, educational, recreational and spiritual landscape. The state-of-the art facility on the Upper East Side will provide an inviting array of offerings, engaging members in a compelling mix of celebration and worship that will create a unique, vibrant Jewish community. At the same time, the Center’s nurturing space will draw people from diverse Jewish backgrounds to share, grow, and learn.

Being Jewish is at the core of the Safra Center. It’s not simply an identity into which we are born; it’s a proud heritage to cherish. The community center’s programming will foster Jewish values and promote an unremitting love of Israel. Tzedaka and Chesed will be integral parts of our mission. The Ohel Moshe Synagogue, nestled in the heart of the building, will serve as an open tent for both Ashkenazim and Sephardim while simultaneously embracing the Syrian Sephardic tradition. Led by the congregation’s Rabbi and Hazzans, families will pray, share milestones and celebrate the holidays with authentic customs and centuries’ old traditions and melodies. A smaller sanctuary and bet midrash will also offer opportunities for Torah study and growth.

At the Safra Center, community means past, present and future, tradition and culture, belonging and giving – a safe, welcoming and nurturing haven. We will grow together in the coming years, celebrating family milestones (weddings, b’nei mitzvah, graduations, britot), attending and cheering at community sports events, and gathering at lectures and programs. Sephardim and Ashkenazim who have traditionally flourished in their own spaces, will come together, initiating a fresh, innovative and contemporary conversation that will stretch and strengthen us. This dialogue will impart wisdom, enrich our lives, nurture relationships, and cultivate a community unmatched in New York City.

The fourteen-story center will also be filled with “stories” of another kind—those of our members, a sophisticated, warm, traditional yet open-minded community that hails from the United States and Israel, as well as Europe, South America and beyond. A fusion of young and old, American and international, singles and families, we will explore commonalities that will foster close bonds and respectful connections. Members will luxuriate in their surroundings, and have at their fingertips the best of yoga and dance studios, a wellness center, pool and gym, a culinary arts area/space, social lounges, recreation rooms and a variety of other spaces dedicated for the arts. Powered by its multi- generational membership, Rabbis, and leaders, both volunteer and professional, the Center will be a joyous place in which a vibrant Jewish community on the Upper East Side will be created.

Together we will strengthen ourselves and the Jewish people.

We welcome all levels of contributions. To make a general donation, click here. For more information about donations, including naming opportunities, please contact Merlene Anzaroot, Director of Special Projects, at 212-359-0700, merlene@msccny.org.