Special Events at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many people can you seat?
    Main Floor: Up to 300 people for auditorium/congregation/concert set up.
    For sit down dinner and dance floor: 250-260 guests.
    For an informal reception format up to 300 guests.
    Balcony level: 200 additional people.
  2. How many rooms do you have?
    Main Space for ceremonies, receptions (7,000 sq ft). The balcony for the cocktail hour (3,500 sq ft) and extra audience; Lower Level: Bride's room (with private bathroom); food preparation and caterers area; sanitation room; Assembly/Gallery Room. There are two bathrooms (with two stalls in each) in the main space; another two in the balcony level; and another two in the lower level.
  3. Fire codes.
    The building has up to date emergency lights, exit signs, emergency lights, fire extinguishers and two fire guards on staff. One is a fire drill conductor and the other is a qualified fire guard. The building has security cameras in all areas that register video 24 hours.
  4. Hours. We are open daily, including weekends from 9 am to 7 pm.
    For additional information, please contact Maria Neri, our events director. We can send you a file with services and costs for events in our space.
  5. For how long can I rent the space?
    The standard rental is from Noontime to Midnight. Music, bar service and music end at 11:30 pm. If you just want to have a ceremony (service) wedding or bar/batmitzvah), you have the space from 8:00 am until 11:30 am. Any extension will require a specific negotiation. You can always have a smaller event in our gallery space as well.
  6. Was this building built as a synagogue?
    Yes. It was built in 1849 as a synagogue. This is the oldest Reformed Synagogue in the US. Its distinctive neo-gothic look comes for the extremely open, inclusive vision of the German Reform Movement. Our architect Alexander Saeltzer borrowed extensively from the Cathedral of Cologne the Friederichwerdeschekirche in the Mitte in Berlin, and mostly from the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
  7. Other services.
    For an additional fee we have WIFI, Skype access for direct transmission of conversations and international conferences. We have five plasma TV's as well.
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