Astoria Center of Israel offers Jewish religious, cultural, and education services, as well as providing a long history of civic leadership throughout our more than 75 year history.
Throughout the years, and under the leadership (both clergy and lay) of many devoted and creative people, ACI became and remains the dynamic Jewish spiritual, social, cultural, educational home to a multitude of people.
Despite the dramatic population shifts that have seriously affected the ability of Jewish and communal organizations to prosper, our “Center”, strengthened by the vision of our forebears, still strives and maintains the level of Jewish life and communal service that affected so many who have passed through our portals. We continue to keep up the noble traditions that were imbued in us so many years ago. As we look forward, and welcome new people into our midst, we are inspired by the quotation that our founders inscribed on our Charter: "Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity".
In 2009, Astoria Center of Israel was added to National and State Registers of Historic Places.
The simple, brick exterior of ACI is in stark parallel to the rich, colorful interior rooms of the building. Most notably, visitors (and our members!) are captivated by the 1928 murals of French artist Louis Pierre Rigal that fill the sanctuary. Rigal is best known to New Yorkers for his glorious mosaic in the Park Avenue lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. The foyer, front and back of the sanctuary, balcony, and ceilings abound in vibrant, larger-than life imagery of plants and animals as well as abstract geometrical motifs. In addition to murals, the main sanctuary includes beautiful stained glass windows and a rosette grating on the ceiling to bring in the daylight.
ACI also has larger rooms, a social hall, and a full kosher kitchen available for special events and group meetings. Contact our office for rates and details.