Temple of Universal Judaism
A URJ: Union for Reform Judaism Congregation
1010 Park Avenue
@ E 85th 10028
Rabbi Ari Fridkis
יְהִי בֵיתְךָ פַּתוּחַ לִרְוָחָה...
t: 212 658 0810
Cantor Dana Anesi
May your house be open
so that all may come in . . .
- The Talmud
open Reform Judaism for an open world
Shabbat & Memorial
Jews of France
At TUJ, the 1st Friday of each month is
A Celebration of Song and Spirit. Rabbi Fridkis and Cantor Anesi are joined by our folk piano accompanist - as well as another voice or instrument.
In November, 85shabbat remembers the Shoah (Holocaust) by commemorating
Kristalnacht in poetry and song.
Throughout 5780 (this year), 85shabbat honors Jewish communities around the world. For Kristalnacht, we'll focus on the Jews of France during the Shoah, their bravery and involvement in the French resistance.
Antisemitism has grown in France in recent years, often reflecting the tentacles of hatred throughout the continent - and magnified by very large numbers of French Muslim immigrants. Still, antisemitism is only a small part of the community's story. Jewish life in France is dynamic, diverse and thriving.
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This Friday . . .
Fri Nov 8 630p
Out & About:
VISIT THE MET BREUR*
MEET @ The Met Breuer Building
NOT @ The Met Museum of Art
5th Ave @84th St
TUJ's 2nd Shabbat is a special program outside of the synagogue - usually on Friday evenings - bringing members and friends together for the Sabbath.
The Podcast is available for listening now via computer, Smartphone or Tablet - as well as at the exhibit by bringing your Smartphone, iPod, iPad or any Tablet (eg Amazon Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab) along with Headphones (Headphone example here). Pretty cool!
For New York residents, the admission cost to The Met Breuer (and The Met itself) is by one's choice according to The Met's Suggested Admission Policy.
With your RSVP we'll meet you at The Met Breuer entrance - or dispatch a search party if you're running late.
Around 815pm (The Met Breuer closes @9pm) we'll head East toward 3rd Ave for Pizza, Salad, Dessert and Coffee.
fri Nov 15 730p
SHABBAT SERVICE and
Torah & MIDRASH ON
THE BINDING OF ISAAC
Fri Nov 1 730p
Pizza 'n Pray
Next on Fri Nov 15 @6p
Friday November 15 (730P)
Guest Speaker: TUJ Member Neal Aponte, PhD Psychology
1st FRIDAY OF the month is...
TUJ's Monthly Celebration of Song & Spirit
FriDAY December 6
TUJ's not yet*
* The 1st Night of Hanukah is Sun Dec 22 when NYC disappears. So let's celebrate together at TUJ's pre-Hanukah - Fri Dec 6. It's the "ante-Hanukah" without Antiochus! Dreidels not yet dry and ready. Latkes before the heartburn.
Join us for the Festival of Lights while it's still in previews and the Maccabees are still in practice season! Plus it's not really Hanukah, it's
Asian-style Hors D'œuvres
Latkes with Apple or TUJ-aki Sauce
Hanukah Signature Cocktails and Wine
Blue & White Hasmonean* Bubbly for the Kids
Spotify™ Hanukah Music on the TUJ Bluetooth
* Hanukah Gift for Kids who can explain the Hasmoneans
Spotify™ Player will repeat portion of Indigo Girls "Happy Joyous Hanukah"
Click link to install Free Spotify™ Player and Free Limited Subscription
Spotify Player will play loop of part of 50+ songs from its "Hanukah Playlist"
Click link to install Free Spotify™ Player and Free Limited Subscription.
Close box with link to see the Playlist.
Musical 85shabbat Hanukah Service
"Pre-Hanukah" Candle Lighting led by TUJ Kids
Old + New Favorites in Hebrew-Ladino-Yiddish-English
Cantor Anesi on Guitar, Barbara on Piano,
and . . . Special Guest Percussionist!
• Download a PDF of a printable, 8.5 x 11" Home Hanukah Service
• Download a CLIP of Cantor Anesi leading the Hanukah Blessings
Chinese Chanukah Dinner
incl . . . Ice Cream & Sufganiyot Desert!
See our Chinese Dine-In Menu Below and RSVP with your favorites so we can order right amounts of each!
We really do need your RSVP!
Suggested Donation: $25 over 25yo $18 ages 18-24
$13 ages 13-17 $ n/c under 13
Shabbat Shalom & Hag Sameah
שבת שלום וחג שמח!
At TUJ, The Temple of Universal Judaism we take pride in being a “house for all people” (Isaiah 56). 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 in New York! Regardless of one's footing, we make it possible for all to join us.
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.