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
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By the Fireside, Where the Embers Glow
2nd + 4TH
next on Fri NOV 13
next on Fri NOV 6
EUROPEAN JEWRY SHABBAT REMEMBRANCE
& Torah study
One of our most beautiful services of the year. Cantor Anesi and Rabbi Fridkis will lead us in a poignant evenings commemorating the beauty of Eastern European Jewish life, the harrowing moments of Kristallnacht (Nov 9 '38), and the horrific tragedy of the Shoah.
We'll take a few moments for the rededication TUJ's two Torah scrolls, rescued after World War II from the repository of Nazi-looted Holy Jewish treasures.
Music for this Shabbat will include:
- Yiddish-English Oy'fn Pripetchok
- East European Shabbes Zol Zoyn
- German composition of Lecha Dodi
- Israeli version of Avot
- A Shoah Avinu Malkeinu
- "The Children of '73"
(from the Yom Kippur War)
- A Kaddish of Remembrance
- Jeff Kleppers "There Are Stars"
(words of Hannah Senesh)
- Isaiah's Prayer of Comfort
As this Shabbat also marks the 25th Anniversary/ Yahrtzeit of the murder of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
We'll fittingly end the service with the song Israelis dedicated to his memory:
- Shir L'shalom: A Song for Peace
Shabbat Torah Study
Download TUJ@Home Torah Study material above.
next on Fri NOV 20
Shabbat SERVICE &
torah portion Toldot
Join us in the reading of the sixth Torah portion of the year: Parshat Toldot: the first segment of the Torah's fervid, impassioned and sometimes tender saga of Esau & Jacob.
Download TUJ@Home Prayerbook above.
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.