About Us

Congregation Magen David of Manhattan is a grass roots volunteer based Sephardic Synagogue founded by a group of dedicated Young Jewish Professionals who are devoted to maintaining ties to their history and tradition while developing leadership and future growth. Congregation Magen David of Manhattan (formally known as Magen David of Union Square) was founded back in 2004. We were located on 16th Street on the 2nd floor of the 16th Street Synagogue. What started out as only a minyan turned into a congregation that out grew our 1000sq foot space. In 2012 the day before Rosh Hashanah Congregation Magen David of Manhattan moved to its new location in the West Village at 177 Sullivan Street (b/t Bleecker and Houston) into a 9000sq foot building.  It is a vibrant, young and fast growing  community changing the  Downtown Jewish landscape.

As a Congregation we emphasize unity(ahdut), and welcome Jews of all background to join our services and become an active part of our community. The centrality of our location in downtown Manhattan attracts thousands of diverse Jews from around the world seeking a warm and inviting atmosphere where prayer and friendship are cherished.  Our proximity to many of the nation’s leading universities allow us unprecedented access to a young and enlightened student population which is increasingly seeking a vibrant Jewish communal life, coupled with Torah observance in the classical Sephardic tradition. The scholarship that we offer at CMDM encourages broad thinking, and addresses the lasting contributions of Rabbis and scholars. At CMDM we are dedicated to the promotion of positive Jewish values which define our mission of inclusion, kindness, integrity, and scholarship.

  • A full service orthodox congregation providing daily services, torah classes, young professional dinners, torah classes, singles events.
  • Educate all our members both young and old to be respectful to one another, in accordance with the principals of derekh eretz.  Encourage our congregants to participate in acts of hesed directed at those less fortunate.
  • Promote and hold sacrosanct the historic contributions of our Great Rabbanim  and scholars throughout the ages in Rabbinics, Halakha, and communal leadership.
  • Recognize the historic changes in the roles and educational achievements of Women in this century and seek to strengthen their role and participation in our community.
  • Living our personal, family, and public lives guided by the highest ethical standards, reflective of moral righteousness, humility, and sanctification of God’s name.
  • Empower each congregant to reach their potential and to make a difference in the world while being inspired by the Torah and Misvot.
  • Recognizing the State of Israel as our eternal homeland and affirming religious and historical significance for all Jews in Israel and the Diaspora.

We are located at 177 Sullivan Street (btwn Bleecker & Houston St). Conveniently located next to the  A, C, E & B, D, F & M at West 4th Street Station, 1 train at Houston Street Station. 

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