Transition

Please visit this page for information about the move to our temporary home at 4 E. 90th Street and to find out where PAS events and programs are being held. This page will be updated regularly.

Why is PAS moving to a temporary home?

The move to temporary quarters is the next phase in a multi-year project to expand and revitalize Park Avenue Synagogue’s physical space. Already in 2012, Park Avenue Synagogue appeared to be short on space, but it wasn’t clear whether there was truly a space shortage or just a logistics issue. A Space Needs Committee was formed to study the question, and architects conducted a comprehensive space analysis.

The analysis concluded that we were 10 to 12,000 square feet short of space, and that it wasn’t just a High Holidays problem. PAS members were using our building more often year-round, and we were bursting at the seams. To allow for learning, worship, and social activities, we needed more space, and we needed it to be flexible. In addition, the analysis noted that the aging physical infrastructure of the 87th Street building did not reflect the vibrant and welcoming culture of PAS, nor was it technologically up to date.

After reviewing the architects’ report and considering their proposed solutions, the Space Needs Committee recommended that PAS acquire a second building and renovate our beloved 87th Street building, creating a unified campus with one vision. Working with a premier non-profit consulting firm, the Board determined that the community would be willing and able to support a capital campaign to raise the necessary funds. PAS subsequently acquired the school building at 11 E. 89th Street which has now been refurbished and dedicated as our Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center. With the new building in operation, we are continuing according to plan with the renovation of the 87th Street building.

To accomplish the renovation most efficiently, cost effectively, and appropriately during the shortest period of time possible, PAS rented the school at 4 E. 90th Street, which will become the temporary home for staff, clergy, and the PASECC during the anticipated period of construction, starting in late-April 2018 and continuing through fall 2019.

Additional Background:

Preparing for Our Temporary Campus During Construction
January 19 Transition Update Email
March/April Bulletin Article
PAS 135th Annual Meeting - Space Update
April Transition Update
May Transition Update

Frequently Asked Questions about Transition at PAS

General Information
Worship
Lifecycle Events
PASECC
Congregational School

General Information

What buildings are included in the PAS Campus?
From spring 2018 through fall 2019, the Park Avenue Synagogue campus will include three primary locations:

  • • The Sanctuary (50 E. 87th Street) is the location for Shabbat and holiday services and for large programs.
  • • The Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center (11 E. 89th Street) houses the Congregational School, Young Family Education, and Youth Engagement staff and is the site for programs, classes, and committee meetings.
  • 90th Street (4 E. 90th Street) houses the clergy, administrative staff, adult learning, the music department, the PAS library, and the PASECC, and will also be a site for programs and classes.

How can I find out where programs and worship are taking place?
Locations will be announced in our weekly This Week at PAS email, departmental emails, the Shabbat Shalom handout, and on this website. The receptionists at the Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center and 90th Street can also direct you to the location of worship and programs.

When did PAS offices and programs move to 90th Street?
Staff offices and programs moved to 90th Street the week of April 23, 2018. The annual Gala on May 3, 2018, will be the last event in the lower level of 87th Street. The PASECC will move to 90th Street at the end of the 2017-2018 school year in late-May.

When will the renovation at 87th Street be completed?
We expect the renovation will be finished in fall 2019.

What is Park Avenue Synagogue’s mailing address?
The mailing address will continue to be 50 E. 87th Street, New York, NY 10128.

How do I contact PAS staff?
PAS staff can be reached at their current email addresses and phone numbers.

Will our temporary space be wheelchair accessible?
Yes, 90th Street is accessible. To enter the building without going down stairs, use the entrance of the Church of the Heavenly Rest on 5th Avenue between 89th and 90th Streets. Security personnel at the church will direct you to the elevator to our building, which is behind the church.

Will there be security at 90th Street?
Yes, we will maintain the same security standards for our facilities.

Where will the library be?
Our temporary home at 90th Street includes a lovely library space on the ground floor. Between mid-March and July 2018, much of our children’s collection will be housed at the Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center. Locate library items in the  library’s online catalog, and come to the Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center to check them out.

What will 87th Street look like after the renovation?
View renderings of our future revitalized 87th Street home.

 

Worship

Where does daily minyan take place?
Daily minyan takes place in the second floor chapel at the Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center.

Where will Shabbat services take place?
As we move to different locations, Shabbat at PAS will continue to be a weekly haven of worship, learning, music, and friendship. Here’s where we’ll be for Shabbat worship in the spring, over the summer, and in the fall.

May 5 to June 16
Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday evenings at 6:15 pm will take place in the Sanctuary at 87th Street.
• On Saturday mornings, the 7:30 am Hashkamah Minyan and 9:00 am Shaharit and Parashat HaShavua will meet at the Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center.
Shabbat morning services at 9:45 am will remain in the Sanctuary.
Shabbat Minha will take place in the library at 90th Street after kiddush.

June 22–September 1
Kabbalat Shabbat will take place at 90th Street.
Shabbat morning services will move offsite to Ramaz School at 60 East 78th St. Meanwhile, the Sanctuary will be prepared for worship in the fall. Bathrooms will be constructed so that the Sanctuary remains a comfortable place to celebrate Shabbat and holidays.
Shabbat Minha and a light Kiddush will be in the same location as Shabbat morning services.

Beginning September 8, services will return to the Sanctuary at 87th Street and the Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center, with the Community Kiddush at 90th Street.

Where will Kiddush take place?
From May 5 through mid-June 2018, Kiddush will be at 90th Street. We will have a Kiddush-to-go meal for those who are unable to walk to 90th Street due to mobility issues. Sign up for "Kiddush-to-go."

Over the summer, Shabbat services and Kiddush will take place at Ramaz School at 60 East 78th St. After Labor Day, Kiddush will return to 90th Street.

Will the Sanctuary have bathrooms?
Yes, the Sanctuary will have nearby bathrooms during the period of construction.

Will services continue to be livestreamed during the transition?
We will continue to livestream Shabbat services during the transition.

Where will High Holiday services take place?
Community High Holiday services will be held in the Sanctuary and at Fifth Avenue as they have in past years. The Lower Level High Holiday services will be held at St. James’ Church at 865 Madison Avenue between 71st and 72nd Streets. We are thrilled to have found an air-conditioned venue on the Upper East Side that can accommodate all the congregants who worship on our Lower Level. Locations for Youth and Family High Holiday services will be announced soon.

 

Lifecycle Events

How do I arrange holding a bris or baby naming at PAS?
PAS is happy to provide ceremony space for member simchas! We have two spaces available for a bris or baby naming. The chapel at the Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center can hold up to 75 people; the sanctuary at 87th Street can fit over 1000people. For further information on how to book a bris or baby naming, please visit the lifecycle page of our website.

Can I arrange to have a private Shabbat dinner, reception, or Kiddush for my simcha at PAS?
Unfortunately, not at this time. During the construction at 87th Street, we have limited space and are not able to accommodate private events. We hope to have space available soon.

Can I rent space for a meeting/program/event at PAS?
Unfortunately, not at this time. During the transition period our space is very limited, and we are not able to rent our space.

 

PASECC/YFE

Where will we park strollers at the Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center and 90th Street?
At the Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center, strollers can be parked for most programs in the back classroom on the first floor. At 90th Street, strollers can be parked outside the entrance before going down the steps to the front doors. Park Avenue Synagogue is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

 

Congregational School

Where will Congregational School classes be held in May 2018?
Parents of 5th, 6th, and 7th graders whose classes are currently meeting at 87th Street will receive detailed information later in the semester with class and tutoring locations.

Where will Shabbat programming be held in May 2018?
We will be in touch soon with information about the locations of Shabbat programming.

Where will High Holiday programming for grades K–7 be held this fall?
We will continue to offer both Family and Youth High Holiday Services. Locations will be announced over the summer with other High Holiday information.
 

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