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

e:  info@tuj.org

Cantor Dana Anesi

open Reform Judaism for an open world
TUJ is the WORLD's most open Reform Congregation!


Torah Meditation Before the Ark

Online Programs/Meetings

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-or- Dial-In:  646-558-8656
ID: 917 617 3615 #

Link Open 15 min prior

Shabbat Online

Every Fri @630p

-or- Dial-In:  646-558-8656
ID: 917 617 3615 #

Link Open @615p

Sight & Sounds of the Shabbat Candles

New Zoom Visitors & Dial-In Attendees:   Register Here 
May-July 2022
Torah Study

Biblical Books of Springtime
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Recent Torah Study

Jewish & American
Religious Tolerance

Click on "Book or Topic Name  >
for Text/Article Links & Downloads

 July 2022



visit TUJ's FULL   2021-22 / 5782 calendar 


Fri JuL 8

SONGs of SHabbat

& Torah study:

Torah, Talmud &

the 2nd amendment 

Brief Online TUJ@Home Shabbat Candle Lighting  led by Rabbi Fridkis, followed by Torah Study as we examine how Torah & Talmud might alter - and even uproot - parts of the Constitution's 2nd Amendment.

Shabbat's Oral** Torah (**see Study Mateiral below)  texts from the Talmud discuss the radical changes each generation is mandated to advance in order to reflect society's changes. The rabbinic tradition held any law from the Torah must uphold the current generation's notion of love and peace.

Click for Service link above.


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

TUJ@Home Shabbat Prayerbook



•  The Written Torah and the Oral Torah

    at My Jewish Learning

•  The Torah at Wikipedia

•  Rabbinic Judaism at Wikipedia

•  Review of Eliezer Berkovits' classic text

   "Not in Heaven"  on the topic of

    generational change in Jewish Law


fri JUL 15
in-Person   630
raindate fri jul 22

SHABBAT in central park

CAndle Lighting

w the fireflies,

 Shabbat service

+ picnic supper

TUJ is back in-person in Central Park for our twice-a-year (July and August) outdoor Shabbat Service and Picnic Supper.  In addition to candles with the fireflies and a great meal (incl Vegan-choices), Rabbi Fridkis will discuss the Torah's near obsession with food (it's not just an Kosher Deli thing) and the sanctity of the Shabbat Table.

Meet 615p at synagogue (GoogleMap)

-or-630p behind the Met (GoogleMap)

Bring your TUJ@Home Prayerbook!

Suggested Donation: $18  -or-  Free w payment of your 5783/July 2022 Dues.


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

TUJ@Home Shabbat Prayerbook



•  Your Shabbat Table is Magic at The

    Jewish News of Northern California

•  Sitting at the Altar of Your Table at

    American Jewish University Archives

•  The Altar at Home at the Jewish

    Theological Seminary's Torah Online

4TH & 5th

Fri JUL 22, 29

CAndle Lighting

SONGs of SHabbat

& glbtq liberation

changing jewish law

Online TUJ@Home Shabbat Candle Lighting  led by Rabbi Fridkis,

followed by Torah Study of the Biblical Book of Song of Songs read in Spring and Summer.

The Song of Songs is one of the least understood books of the Bible due to its erotic - often salacious - language and its highly convoluted narrative!

Click for Service link above.


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

TUJ@Home Shabbat Prayerbook



•  Song of Songs at Sefaria (JPS trans)

•  Song of Songs at My Jewish Learning


& Torah study


& Torah study




Hashkiveinu-TUJ ChoirDan Nichols
00:00 / 02:14
If It Be Your Will-TUJ ChoirLeonard Cohen
00:00 / 02:10

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 in New York!  Regardless of one's footing, we make it possible for all to join us.

Pay                           Dues


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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contact us

212 658 0810   Temple Office
917 617 3615    In case of Family Emergency,
                             please TEXT Rabbi Fridkis
-------                                           1010 Park Ave
 East 85                                          NY NY 10028 

LOCATION        Snail Mail


* Our Space:  1010 Park Ave @E 85                                * Our Email:    TUJcongregation@gmail.com

* Our Mail:     (+)   New York, NY 10028                         * Our Phone:   212 658 0810     

 & please return again to our Website:  www.TUJ-TorahNYC.org  as well as updated  Calendar