open Reform Judaism for an open world
Hag Sameah & Shabbat Shalom!
Wine & Cheese from the Galil
in Narthex & in front of Synagogue, 1010 Park
75 years of Struggle & Achievement
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Celebration of Israel thru Poetry & Song
Prayer for Peace & for the State of Israel
Kaddish for the Fallen from the Land of Israel
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Led by Rabbi Fridkis with Rochelle & Paul Chamlin
Sumptuous & Festive Israeli "Oneg Supper" Buffet
(definitely no need to eat at home!)
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Pita • Tehina • Hummus • Hazilum • Olives
Israeli-Style Chicken Schnitzel • Cheeses of Israel
lsraeli Salad • Fruit • Dessert
Wines of Israel • Kibbutz Harvest Sangria
voices from Israel thru Poetry & Song ...
1948 War of Independence Battle for Jerusalem
1950s America's Love for Israel, arr. Gordon Jenkins
1967 Naomi Shemer's Jerusalem of Gold (2007 Eng)
1980s Israel's second year-in-row win at Eurovision
2019 Arab Israeli Singer on Israel 13 "The Voice"
2023 ISRAEL75 - ILTV news-feature clip 1948-2023
all part of TUJ's May 12th Israel75 Celebration
DONATE to TUJ
& its support of
Israel thru Poetry & Song
Temple of Universal Judaism May 12, 2023
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.
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.
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.