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Please note TUJ’s new “212” telephone # and Virtual office:  212-658-0810
A special thank you to TUJ’s telephone “Operator”: TUJ’s own Nick Abrams.

At Da’at Elohim: The Temple of Universal Judaism (TUJ), we take pride in being a “house for all people” (Isaiah 56). For forty years we’ve been a Reform congregation where both Jews and non-Jews can find a welcoming Jewish home. As a 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.

What makes TUJ unique among mainstream Reform congregations is respect for each individual’s and family’s choices. We embrace interfaith couples, dual religion families, agnostics and humanists, gays and lesbians, singles and people of color, the young and old. Anyone – Jew or Gentile – can join our Jewish congregation.

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. At TUJ you will find a combination of beautiful and ancient Jewish traditions and modern creative adaptations.

With affordable dues, an open door policy with no one turned away, an individualized Bar/Bat Mitzvah program for children – and adults – without high fees, “x” years of Hebrew school or the number of prayers recited, we are NYC’s best-kept Jewish secret.

Mostly, we are a warm and friendly congregation where you will be embraced and find a warm welcome. Visit us for the Holy Days, Sukkot, Hanukah, Passover Seder, a Family Shabbat or any 1st & 3rd Shabbat eve @730pm.


Upcoming Services and Events

YAMIM NORAIM: “Days of Awe”
“Each one of us writes our own Book of Life.
What story will we each tell?”

It is said that Isaac, whose words were few, was the most philosophical of the patriarchs and matriarchs. The Rabbis told the following story:

When Isaac was a young man, he asked God:
“When You created light, when You made the heavens and earth, You said they were good.
But when You made man and woman in Your Image, You did not say we were good!”

God answered him:
“Everything I created – except man and woman – I did with perfection.
But I have not perfected humanity: you are to perfect yourselves!” 

The aim of these Days of Awe – the Jewish High Holy Days – is to reach higher than we’ve been able to before, to make our lives more meaningful. If it is we who write our own Book of Life, then it is ours to craft a story filled with kindness and beauty, love and light. It is we who must perfect ourselves.

At TUJ we begin spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe at our Friday, September 11th Shabbat Service which will include pre-New Year’s Selihot meditations.


1st Shabbat
Friday, Sep 4th 2015 at (See Below)

No Service (Labor Day Weekend)

Shabbat Service
Friday, Sep 11th 2015 at 7:30 pm

Led by Rabbi Fridkis and Cantor Anesi

Rosh Hashanah Evening Service
Sunday, Sep 13th 2015 at 8:00 pm

Rosh Hashanah
Monday, Sep 14th 2015 at (See Below)

10:00 am    Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
12:00 pm    Rosh Hashanah Family-Children’s Service*
12:30 pm    Rosh Hashanah Adult Reception
  1:15 pm    Family/Pre-Tashlich Luncheon and Indoor Tashlich

* On Rosh Hashanah morning, families and children are invited to join us in the Main Sanctuary at 12pm for the Sounding of the Shofar. 

Upon conclusion of the Main Service, Rabbi Fridkis and Cantor Anesi will conduct a special Family-Children’s Service in the front of the Sanctuary. 

Following this Family-Children’s Service, families and those joining us for Tashlich are invited to our Rosh Hashanah Luncheon.

Yom Kippur Kol Nidre/ Evening Service
Tuesday, Sep 22nd 2015 at 8:00 pm

Yom Kippur
Wednesday, Sep 23rd 2015 at (See Below)

10:00 am    Yom Kippur Morning Service
  3:15 pm    Yom Kippur Afternoon Service
  5:00 pm    Yizkor/ Neila
  5:15 pm    Family-Children’s Service
  6:15 pm    Havdalah

* Both the Main and Family Services will conclude together at 6 pm in the Sanctuary with Havdalah and the final Sounding of the Shofar by children and adults.

Sukkot – Simhat Torah
Friday, Oct 2nd 2015 at (See Below)

Fri Oct 2    6pm Dinner
                  730pm Service

Led by Rabbi Fridkis and Cantor Anesi

Join us first for a special Sukkot-Shabbat Harvest Dinner @6pm. By donation.

TUJ’s Sukkot Service @730pm – where all take part in the ancient Rite of Procession (Hakafa) around the Temple – is one of our most beautiful services of the year and surely one of the most special among Reform congregations in NYC.

TUJ 2nd Shabbat “Together”
Friday, Oct 9th 2015 at (See Below)

Program/Time/Venue TBA

3rd Friday Shabbat Service
Friday, Oct 16th 2015 at 7:30 pm

Led by Rabbi Fridkis

1st Friday Shabbat Service
Kristalnacht Commemoration

Friday, Nov 6th 2015 at 7:30 pm

Led by Rabbi Fridkis and Cantor Anesi

TUJ 2nd Shabbat “Together”
Saturday, Nov 14th 2015 at (See Below)

Time TBA
Visit to the National Academy of Art’s special exhibit:
Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie
The Safdie exhibit focuseson dense urbanism and the artist-architect’s recent projects across Asia.

Moshe Safdie, CC, FAIA is an Israeli-Canadian-American architect, urban designer, educator, theorist, and author. He is best known for his project “Habitat ‘67” at the Montreal Expo World’s Fair.

3rd Friday Shabbat Service
Friday, Nov 20th 2015 at 7:30 pm

Led by Rabbi Fridkis


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A Few Words about TUJ’s “Open Doors” & Membership
TUJ Membership:
$500 per adult
(includes all High Holy Day services for Member & children under 21)
TUJ “Open Doors” Suggested contributions:
No one is turned away. Both Members and non-Members are always welcome.30 Years or Over:
Minimum $36 – $125 per person per (each) High Holy Day Service.18 – 30 Years:
Minimum $18- $50 per person per (each) High Holy Day Service.Children: No charge.
Parents attending Family Services are invited to contribute.
Please visit our High Holy Day “FAQs” by clicking the “About Us” section for more information.