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The Jewish Center is one of America's premier Orthodox synagogues. The large Modern Orthodox synagogue is located in a tall, Neo-Classical building on West 86th Street on Manhattan's Upper West Side that contains a large number of social halls, classrooms, auditoriums and offices in addition to the splendid. Neo-Classical main sanctuary.

The synagogue was founded in 1918 by prosperous Jews moving into the Upper West Side, a neighborhood that was just being built along the new IRT subway line. The first rabbi was Mordecai Kaplan, who left in 1921 because his positions were too reformed for the Orthodox congregation. The congregation then hired Leo Jung. Rebbi Jacob J. Schachter was rabbi from 1981-2000.

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