1910s
1920s
1930s
1940s
1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
2010s

1910s

1915
JUNE 7, 1915 Joseph H. Cohen, William Fischman, Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan and other leaders meet to formalize plans for The Jewish Center.
1917
MAY 22, 1917 Groundbreaking for The Jewish Center at 131-135 West 86th Street. William Fishman becomes the first President of The Jewish Center (1917-1926).
1918
January 19, 1918   March 24, 1918 January 19, 1918 first services held in the new, still unfinished Jewish Center building. On March 24 1918, “The Jewish Center Day” marks the completion of the first three stories of the building.

1920s

1920
July 1920 The Jewish Center building was expanded to ten stories including a swimming pool on the 7th floor. The synagogue also runs an afternoon school and day school.
1922
January 16, 1922 Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan resigns as the rabbinic leader of The Jewish Center, due to his theological differences with his Orthodox laity.
1922-1930
August 18, 1922 Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung writes to Jewish Center President Joseph H. Cohen with joy upon learning of his election as rabbi. Gustavus Rogers serves as President 1926-28 and Samuel Bayer 1928-1930.

1930s

1931
April 7, 1931 Lay leaders Gustavus Rogers and William Feinberg ask New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt to incorporate The Jewish Center as an “Orthodox” institution.

1933
September 1933 Rabbi Leo Jung returns to New York after a four month mission to Eretz Yisrael, learning about the developments and offering support on behalf of his congregation and community.

1930-1948
Louis Cohen served as President 1930-1934 and William Feinberg serves as President 1934-1948.

1940s

1948-1955
Philip Rothenberg served as president 1948-1955.
1940
Rabbi Jung sucessfully secures visas to save thousands of European Jews during the War.

1950s

1958
Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm appointed rabbi in 1958.
1955-1980
Max Stern served as President in 1955-1980.

1960s

1962
November 5, 1962 Membership Committee votes to establish a weekly kiddush after Shabbat services to encourage “togetherness” at The Jewish Center.

1970s

1972
May 11, 1972Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung becomes rabbi emeritus and Rabbi Norman Lamm assumes the senior rabbinic position at The Jewish Center.
1976
August 3, 1976Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm is elected the first American-born president of Yeshiva University, leaving The Jewish Center rabbinate after eighteen years.
1975-1977
Rabbi Isaac Bernstein arrives in New York to assume duties as the religious leader of The Jewish Center. In October 1977, The Jewish Center re-opens the swimming pool and gym facilities. In February 17, 1975, The Jewish Center celebrates its first Bat Mitzvah ceremony.

1980s

1981
June 30, 1981Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter is elected rabbi of The Jewish Center.
1980-1990
Martin Schwarzschild serves as President 1980-1987. Lawrence Kobrin serves as President 1987-1990.
1987
December 19, 1987Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung passes away, after many decades of leadership at The Jewish Center.

1990s

1990-2000
Arthur Degen serves as President 1990-1996. Samuel Goldman served as President 1996-2000.

2000s

2000
In 2000, Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman is elected rabbi of The Jewish Center. The Jewish Center starts a series of Israel missions.
2008
In 2008, Rabbi Yosie Levine is elected rabbi of The Jewish Center.
2000-2010
Andrew Mendes serves as President 2000-2004. Joseph S. Kaplan serves as President 2004-2006. Steve Graber serves as President 2006-2010.

2010s

2010-2014
The Jewish Center elects its first female President: Virginia Bayer Hirt served as President 2010 to 2014, following in the footsteps of her great gandfather William Fischman.
2014
Avi Schwartz serves as our current President since 2014.
2017-2018
September 2017- June 2018, The Jewish Center marks its Centennial year.
2017- Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman becomes the President of Yeshiva University.