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Temple of Universal Judaism

A URJ: Union for Reform Judaism Congregation

יְהִי בֵיתְךָ פַּתוּחַ לִרְוָחָה...
May your house be open
so that all may come in...

                            - The Talmud   

1010 Park Avenue

@ E 85th  10028

Rabbi Ari Fridkis

t:  212 658 0810


Cantor Dana Anesi

Our doors are open to welcome you...
TUJ is the WORLD's most open Reform Congregation!

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Torah Meditation Before the Ark

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Online Programs/Meetings

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Sights & Sounds of the Summer Shabbat Candles

H-5 Shabbat Schedule

February 2022



visit TUJ's FULL   2022-23 / 5782 calendar 

TUJ's "85shabbat"

chanuka cantina

2nd & 3rd

Fri Feb 10,17
ONline   630P



Torah study

Texts & TOPICs

Dec 9: the 1st Hanukah


Online TUJ@Home Shabbat Candle Lighting, Service and Torah Study will continue generally twice-a-month - or whenever TUJ does not meet In-Person.

Prior to the pandemic, TUJ met only 2x per month on the 1st & 3rd Fridays. Due to the meaningful gathering of the congregation online every week during the pandemic, we've decided to continue that tradition.

Click for Service link above.


If you misplaced your Member's copy of our Prayerbook - or are a visitor - use the following download link:

TUJ@Home Shabbat Prayerbook


Dec 9-23-30 MATERIAL:

•  Hanukkah, or Why We Celebrate a Jewish Civil War at HaAretz Israel Newspaper


Fri Feb 24
In-Person  630P



Dec 16 Celebrating

THe festival of lights

In-Person musical and spiritual Shabbat Service led  by Rabbi Fridkis, along with TUJ Cantorial Soloist Rochelle Chamlin and Cantorial Soloist/Pianist Paul Chamlin.

On this Shabbat before Hanukah, join us for a celebration of Lights & Spirit, Ladino, Hebrew & English song (and piano) . . . plus a special Hanukah Fiesta for family & friends: Latkes & Taquitos, Ensalada & Burritos, and Sangria, of course! Even some Mariachi.

No charge: so bring all of Nueva York!

Ocho candelas para mi!

For those unable to attend in person, 

click for Zoom link above.



If you misplaced your Member's copy of our Prayerbook - or are a visitor - use the following download link:

TUJ@Home Shabbat Prayerbook



•  Judaeo-Spanish (Ladino) at Wikipedia

•  Ladino: An Endangered Language at

   Jewish Federation Los Angeles

•  Resources Page at

•  Judeo Spanish Language on YouTube

•  Song Ocho Kandelas - in TUJ's Hanukah Booklet: > p8


Fri, Feb 3
In-Person  630P
 Online due to cold 

TUJ's New Monthly


monthly SHabbat-


Dec 2: THE real TRUTH

about the maccabees

In-Person Shabbat Candle Lighting & Kiddush,  Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Discussion around the Shabbat Table adorned by a tasty Shabbat Snack & Dessert. 


A Tisch (Yiddish = Table) was originally a Hasidic tradition of sitting around the Rabbi's Sabbath table, usually later on Friday evening following Shabbat Dinner. An informal celebration of Shabbat would  commence, adorned by

• Niggun (Heb = wordless melodies),

• Zemirot (Heb = Shabbat table song),

• Divrei Torah (Heb = Words of  Torah).


Rabbi Fridkis realized  we celebrated - in part -  a "Tisch" online every Shabbat during the pandemic, albeit without the food and especially without the spirit of an in-person community.  Hence TUJ's monthly In-Person Tisch was born.

For our Shabbat Table Torah Study we'll look at the real story of the Maccabean revolt.

For those unable to attend in person, 

click for Zoom link above.


If you misplaced your Member's copy of our Prayerbook - or are a visitor - use the following download link:

TUJ@Home Shabbat Prayerbook




•  Tisch at Wikipedia

•  Hanukkah, or Why We Celebrate a Jewish Civil War at HaAretz Israel Newspaper

H-5 Holy Day Family
Visit TUJ's
Shabbat Hanukah

Fri Dec 16  630p   In-Person
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2nd-4th-6th-8th Nites
Online Candle Lighting

Dec 19/ 21/ 23/ 25   630p  Online
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Hashkiveinu (TUJ Choir)Dan Nichols
00:00 / 02:14
If It Be Your Will (TUJ Choir)Leonard Cohen
00:00 / 02:10
R'tzei (Andrea Frisch Hara)Stephen Richards
00:00 / 03:45
Shema Koleinu (TUJ Choir)Debbie Friedman
00:00 / 03:03
Elohai N'tzor-TUJ ChoirDanny Maseng
00:00 / 03:06
Bayom Hahu (Cantor Anesi)Michael Isaacson
00:00 / 01:58
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about us

At TUJ, The Temple of Universal Judaism we take pride in being a “house for all people” (Isaiah 56) - and the world's most open Reform congregation!  What does this mean? For nearly fifty years we’ve been a Reform congregation where both Jews and non-Jews can find a welcoming Jewish home.

As a URJ: Union for Reform Judaism congregation, we embrace the two-millennia old premise of Rabbinic Judaism which saw the unfolding Jewish future as a shifting mirror of Judaism’s ancient past.   At TUJ you will find a combination of beautiful Jewish traditions and modern creative adaptations.

Throughout history, Jews have been a people of diverse origins united by the Torah’s message of compassion and justice for all.  We honor that tradition as we embrace individuals of all races, backgrounds and orientations and strive to bestow dignity on every human soul.

TUJ is historically blessed to have great longevity with clergy.  Our founding rabbi, Roy Rosenberg, was with the congregation for over twenty years.

Rabbi Ari Fridkis, one of the most ideologically progressive ordained Reform rabbis in North America came to us back in 2012 and has no plans of tiring out.

Cantor, Dana Anesi, an HUC-JIR ordained Reform cantor joined us in 2014.  She too is here to stay.

Both Rabbi Fridkis and Cantor Anesi are supportive and open to both intrafaith and interfaith couples and families and both officiate at interfaith weddings.


Temple of Universal Judaism members includes multi-generational families, same-sex couples and individuals, interfaith families and couples, those descended from matrilineal or patrilineal Jewish parents, Jews-by-choice, and people of all ages.  Though we are a mainstream Reform congregation with strong, traditional Jewish values and practices, we feel privileged to welcome both Jews and non-Jews.

TUJ is far more than a synagogue or simply a "religious" group: we are a true “community” – a warm, devoted congregation of caring and supportive individuals and families who share a culture of Jewish living.

As we continue to grow, our members come from all the great population centers of world Jewry: North America, South America, France, Israel, and many more.  And with our very low cost Membership, TUJ is the most financially egalitarian Reform congregation on the Upper East Side and all of New York City!  Regardless of one's footing, we make it possible for all to join us.

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If you haven't visited us - or haven't recently - we hope you will soon: all are always welcome.  Consider joining us for the Holy Days, for any 1st, 2nd or 3rd Shabbat evening, or a holiday service and celebration.  We promise you will receive a very warm and personal welcome.


Whether you are a member, visitor or guest, we need and welcome your financial support.

We are New York City's - and North America's! - most theologically progressive, mainstream URJ: Union for Reform Judaism congregation.  TUJ's open-door and open-minded presence is an example to Jews all around the world: that every Jewish community can maintain and build a full Jewish life,  inclusive of every human being, each with his or her differing spiritual needs.

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212 658 0810   Temple Office
917 617 3615    In case of Family Emergency,
                             please TEXT Rabbi Fridkis
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 East 85                                          NY NY 10028 

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