The Stephen Wise Free Synagogue is a Reform Synagogue or Temple located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York. It has a lively Rabbi, cantor, and instruments. It has a very family-oriented feel and programming. The community and Rabbi feel open and welcoming, especially to interfaith families.
Review By Jewishly:
The Stephen Wise Free Synagogue is a Reform Synagogue or Temple that is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I attended a Saturday morning service there when a Bar Mitzvah was taking place. I was greeted when I came into the Synagogue by someone sitting outside the sanctuary. They were very nice and made me feel welcome. My impressions of this synagogue is that they’re a great neighborhood Reform Synagogue. Their service is very in line with the traditions of a Reform Synagogue or Temple.
The Rabbi was energetic, and I could tell that he loved his job and being a part of the community. There is a cantor, grand piano, and a flutist (which I had not seen previously at a temple) so the service can be more focused on the musical instruments. I do wish that the service had been more focused on the singing. The music and the cantor are quite loud which does drown out the singing, and makes it feel a bit more like a show.
Overall, I would say that this was a nice place to attend services, and the community was kind and welcoming.
30 West 68th Street
New York, NY 10023