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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 


 5780 תשרי

visit THE  5780 TUJ calendar  (2019-20)

Click for October 8-9 Yom Kippur SCHEDULE

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next on Fri Nov 8

"Out & About"

'round town w' TUJ

TUJ's 2nd Shabbat is a unique program that takes place out of the synagogue - usually on Friday eve - aimed at bringing Members, Family & Friends together.

A trip to a museum, a movie, play or cultural event around town...

        "Shabbat Diner": a Sabbath meal at

         a local restaurant...

"Friday-Night-at-the Movies" with homemade Shabbat Dinner at the home of Rabbi Fridkis...

        A visit to a Member's home or

        office - with or without a program -

        including dinner, or  Hor D'oeuvres,

        or dessert...

A walking tour on Shabbat afternoon.

With the hectic season, New Year, and Holy Days upon us, we'll begin TUJ's 2019-20 "2nd Shabbat" on November 8



next on Fri Nov 1

Shabbat SERVICE &

Kristalnacht meml

On the first Shabbat of each November, it has become TUJ's tradition to memorialize recall the Shoah    TUJ A special visit to Lower Manhattan for TUJ's dedication of Mill St Synagogue Way - newly named for America's 1st synagogue, the first permanent home of NY's Spanish-Portuguese congregation.

Meet in front of The Wall Street Inn - 

9 South William Street @Mill Lane

(Click here or the address above > Google Maps)

Following a brief street dedication, we'll head to a private event space at the nearby colonial-era Fraunces Tavern -celebrating its 300th Anniversary this Fall! - for a Ladino-Sephardic Shabbat Service and Italian Shabbat Dinner.





Fri Sep 20  730p



Selihot are pre-New Year's prayers of forgiveness recited during the month before the New Year - with intensified depth beginning late at night on the Saturday before Rosh Hashanah.

By tradition, Selihot are not recited on the Sabbath as their penitential nature might conflict with the  joy of Shabbat.  In fact, some have dubbed the Selihot Service as a "mini Yom Kippur."

At TUJ, however, we are comfortable with this liturgical flexibility - knowing for our congregation it is on Friday evening that most are present.

A festive, pre-New Year Oneg Shabbat of light food and sweets will follow the Service.


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Reservations are  OPEN  for

Yom Kippur Eve / Kol Nidre

Yom Kippur Morning

Yom Kippur Day / Yizkor

Guests:  Click here or on the edges of this Torah scroll to scroll to the RSVP box.


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1st FRIDAY-of-the-month is...


TUJ's Celebration of Song and the Spirit

FriDAY September 6

630 PM

Dedication of Mill St Synagogue Way

Location of America's 1st Synagogue

Reading of George Washington's Letter to American Jews

Click here for location​ on So WIlliam St on Google Maps

7 PM

Sephardic-Ladino Shabbat Service

with Spanish Shabbat Table Songs 

America's 1st Jews were Iberians from Brazil!

8 PM

Italian-Style Shabbat Dinner

At an Event Space at nearby The Fraunces Tavern

9 PM

Dulses  (Ladino = Dessert)

Sabado Dulse i Bueno  (Ladino = Shabbat Shalom)

S'bit Salam  (Mediterranean Arabic = Shabbat Shalom)

Boas Entrada de Saba  (Portuguese = Shabbat Shalom)

!שבת שלום

about us

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.

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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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Your requests, comments and questions are always welcome 

contact us

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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high holy days


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Sun Sep 29

7pm   Evening Service

Mon Sep 30

10am        Morning Service

12pm        Family Service

1230pm    Wine & Cheese,

    Apples & Honey

1pm          New Year Luncheon

130pm*    Tashlich  (* Leave Temple)


Tue Oct 8

7pm   Evening Service

         including Kol Nidre

Wed Oct 9

10am       Morning Service

1pm         Family Service

315pm     Afternoon Service

5pm        Yizkor Meml Service

530pm    Neila Closing Service

615pm     Havdalah

Click here  for Yom Kippur Schedule Details

MEMBER high holy day information

Non-MEMBERS CLick Here

Everyone - Jewish or not - is always welcome at The Temple of Universal Judaism and TorahNYC, a URJ: Union for Reform Judaism Congregation.

TUJ Members, Family & Friends

Members and Member's Children/ Grandchildren under 18 yo:

     No additional contribution (included with Membership).

     RSVP is not required.

Member's Adult Children/Grandchildren over 18 yo - Suggested Minimum Contribution:

     18-25 yo           Contribution is optional

     Over 25 yo       $50/service  -or-   $200/ Holy Days (all five services)

Other Friends & Family - Suggested Minimum Contribution:

     13-25 yo           $25/service   -or-   $100/ Holy Days (all five services)

     Over 25 yo       $50/service  -or-   $200/ Holy Days (all five services)

TUJ-TorahNYC Guests

Click here to visit the TorahNYC page for more information.

Family Service

Our festive and lively Shofar Service followed by a Childrens'/Family Service & Lunch on Rosh Hashanah @12n, as well as Yom Kippur Family Service @1pm, welcome both Members and Guests.

Members  and  Member's Children/ Grandchildren:

     No additional contribution (included with Membership).

     RSVP is not required.


TUJ-TorahNYC Guests @Family Services:​​

     Click here to visit the TorahNYC page for more information.

Everyone is invited to our Rosh Hashanah Reception (1230p)  &  New Year's Luncheon (1pm) following the Shofar Service. There is no charge and no RSVP is required.

TUJ Membership

Annual TUJ Membership is just $600 per adult (25+)  and includes the High Holy Days.

For those who can contribute more, a voluntary, honored Membership is $1,000.

Click here to download our Membership Form.

TUJ has the most generous dues structure among mainstream URJ Reform congregation in NYC!  Regardless of one's financial situation, we make it possible for all interested to join us.  We offer Scholarships for individuals and families with financial need seeking to become active TUJ Members.  Please contact the Rabbi or Temple Treasurer.

Important Information about our Holy Day Safety & Security Protocols

While we do not expect any problems, our communal safety is a concern.  There will be a well-organized Security presence, a Security Officer, and special Safety protocols for all TUJ Holy Day services.

For Security reasons, all Members and Guests over 18 yo are asked:

     - to keep their "ticket/pass" at all times

     - to check-in at Reception at every service

     - to have a government-issued picture ID at all times.

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A RSVP is helpful to ease REGISTRATION -and- assist SECURITY personnel. (Your RSVP does NOT buy you a ticket: the Registration amount will be listed as $0.00 per person.)
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Reservations are never required to attend the High Holy Days or any service at TUJ/ TorahNYC.  However, Guest RSVP is helpful for Registration and Security -  and to welcome you by name.

TUJ Members do NOT need to RSVP.

Click here for more TUJ-TorahNYC info on the TorahNYC webpage.


While not  required, TorahNYC/ TUJ Guests are invited to contribute in advance for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Alternately, you are welcome to contribute at each service at the Reception Desk  (Cash/Check/CC).  No one will be turned away.

Most importantly, please RSVP to help our Security Staff and to expedite the Reception process.

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