NEW YORK (Mar. 8)
The Central Synagogue, a Moorish-style structure housing a Reform Congregation in Manhattan’s affluent upper East Side, was officially dedicated yesterday by Gov. Hugh Carey as a national historical landmark. The turreted building, built in 1872, was designated a landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior in 1966. It is the oldest synagogue in continuous use in New York City. Carey unveiled a plaque commemorating that designation in the presence of representatives of all major faiths in the city and the 1025 families who make up the congregation at a special service. The spiritual leader of the congregation is Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman.