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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 

NovembER 2019


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Fri Nov 8  630p

Out & About:


*  NOTE:  "The Met Breuer"  Address

                   NOT   5th Ave @84th St

   MEET:   945 Madison Ave @75th St

TUJ's 2nd Shabbat is a special program outside the synagogue - usually on Fri eve - bringing us together for Shabbat.

On Fri Nov 8 @630pm  we will meet at The Met Breuer for a unique "Podcast Architecture Tour" of the modernistic Met Breuer building itself - and its inventive architect: Marcel Breuer.

The podcast is available ahead of time 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. Pretty cool!

Admission to The Met Breuer (and The Met itself) is still by your Suggested Admission Donation for NY Residents.

With your RSVP we'll meet you at The Met Breuer entrance - or send out a search party if you're running late.


Around 815pm (The Met Breuer closes @9p) we'll head East for Pizza, Salad, Dessert and Coffee.

1st friday


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..

More info  to follow shortly





fri Oct 18  730p


& Simhat Torah

Sukkot  is one of TUJ's most joyous - and besides the High Holy Days - best attended festival of the year.  It is just one way that TUJ, the most ideologically open Reform congregation in North America, is rather traditional.  In the Talmud, Sukkot is called "The Holiday," meaning it was probably the most popular, though perhaps not for theological reasons.  Sukkot was the time of the grape harvest - and known for its abundant fresh local wines!

TUJ's  Sukkah is erected indoors on the synagogue bima - and everyone is given their own homemade Lulav and Etrog.

On the same evening we also celebrate  Simhat Torah, with reading from the end of one scroll and beginning of another - as well as dancing with the Torahs.

A festive, TUJ-style Oneg Shabbat -Late Supper with food as well as dessert will surely satiate!  Definitely no need to eat at home.





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Simhat toraH

Judaism's Fall Festival of the Agricultural & Spiritual Harvest


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7:30 PM

Brief Kabbalat Shabbat

Ancient Hallel Service with Lulav & Etrog

Simhat Torah Celebration 

Ending & Beginning the Torah Reading Cycle

from Deuteronomy & Genesis

Dancing with the Torah

Get a good nights sleep on Thursday!

You'll definitely sleep well on Friday.

9:15 PM

Belated  Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast:

Bagels & Lox,  Unbaked Noodle Kugel,

 Health SaladHalf Sour Pickles

Dr Brown's,  Babka, and Rugelach!

It all equals Torah in heaven!

Shabbat Shalom & Hag Sameah

שבת שלום וחג שמח!

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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