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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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Sights & Sounds of the Summer Shabbat Candles

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APRIL 2023



visit TUJ's FULL   2022-23 / 5782 calendar 


Fri Apr 28
online   630P

TUJ's "85shabbat"

chanuka cantina




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 Apr 21
IN-Person   630P

tUJ's Monthly


shabbat around-


Apr 21: the days btwn

Passover & ShavuoT

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


In the Hasidic tradition of Eastern Europe, there developed the tradition of a Tisch (Yiddish = Table) when all the followers of a particular Rebbe were invited to his table 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).


In a way, TUJ held an "adapted Tisch" online every Shabbat during pandemic, albeit without the food. More than food however, what was missing was the joy of an in-person community.  Hence TUJ's monthly In-Person Shabbat Cafe was born.​

At our Shabbat Cafe we too sing and study Torah. In April we'll look at the days from Passover through Shavuot, undoubtedly the annual Jewish calendar. active of the annTable Torah Study we'll look at the real story of the Maccabean revolt.

For those unable to attend in person, 

click for link to Zoom address above.


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

TUJ@Home Shabbat Prayerbook


Apr 21 Study MaTERIAL:

  Tisch at Wikipeadia

•  The Omer at My Jewish Learning

•  Yom HaShoah at Jewish Virtual Library

•  Yom HaZikaron at Jewish Virtual


•  Yom HaAtzmaut-Israel Independence Day at Jewish Virtual Library

•  Lag b'Omer at Jewish Virtual Library


1st & 2nd

Fri apr 7 & 14
online   630P



welcoming shabbat

& torah's wisdom

 Apr 7: Shabbat Passover

 crossing of the red SEA

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

On this Shabbat during Passover we'll explore the Torah's ancient poetry of the Israelite's Crossing of the Sea (Exodus 14: 1-31) and some associated Midrash.

Click for link to Zoom address above.

Click to visit TUJ's Passover webpage.


 Apr 14: Shabbat Service

 Understanding the omer

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

On this Shabbat we'll briefly explore a Hebrew topic sometimes heard of but usually not known or understood: The Counting of the 'Omer.'

Click for link to Zoom address above.


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

TUJ@Home Shabbat Prayerbook.



  Crossing of the Red Sea, Exodus 14

•  7th Day Passover  (with words on the

   Palestinian Plight) at Reform Rabbi Blog

•  What is Midrash at My Jewish Learning

  The Omer at Jewish Virtual Library

•  The Omer at My Jewish Learning

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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
H-6 About Us
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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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917 617 3615    In case of Family Emergency,
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