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 24th Shabbat Service which will include pre-New Year’s Selihot meditations.

1st Shabbat
Friday, Sep 2nd 2016 at (See Below)

No Service (Labor Day Weekend)

2nd Shabbat
Friday, Sep 9th 2016 at (See Below)

Program & Time TBA

3rd Shabbat
Friday, Sep 16th 2016 at 7:30 pm

Bar Mitzvah of Ben David, son of Michele & Bruce David
                              Led by Rabbi Fridkis and Cantor Anesi

Saturday, Sep 24th 2016 at 7:00 pm

Led by Rabbi Fridkis and Cantor Anesi

Rosh HaShanah Eve
Sunday, Oct 2nd 2016 at 8:00 pm

Rosh HaShanah
Monday, Oct 3rd 2016 at (See Below)

Rosh HaShanah Morning                    10am
Rosh HaShanah Family Service*        12pm
Rosh HaShanah Kiddush                    1230pm
Rosh HaShanah Lunch                        1pm
Rosh HaShanah Tashlich                     2pm (Indoors @ synagogue)

* On Rosh Hashanah morning, families and children are invited to join us in the Main Sanctuary at 12:15 pm 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 the Family-Children’s Service, all are invited to our Rosh Hashanah Luncheon.

Yom Kippur Eve
Tuesday, Oct 11th 2016 at 8:00 pm

Yom Kippur
Wednesday, Oct 12th 2016 at (See Below)

Yom Kippur Morning                                                      10am
Yom Kippur Family Service-Children’s Service          1pm
Yom Kippur Afternoon                                                   315pm
Yom Kippur Yizkor                                                          5pm
Yom Kippur Neila                                                            545pm
Yom Kippur Closing & Havdalah                                  630pm

Friday, Oct 21st 2016 at 6:00 pm

Harvest Dinner
Sukkot-Simhat Torah

1st Shabbat
Friday, Nov 4th 2016 at 7:30 pm

Shoah Remembrance

3rd Shabbat
Friday, Nov 18th 2016 at 7:30 pm

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A Few Words about TUJ’s “Open Doors” & Membership

TUJ Membership
$575 per adult

Membership includes all High Holy Day services for Member & Children under 21). For further information, please visit our Membership page.


TUJ High Holy Days and our “Open Doors” Policy
Members and non-Members are always welcomeat TUJ via our “Open Door” policy and our TorahNYC Reform Outreach Program.

Because the High Holy Days incur a great expense to the congregation, all guests are asked to contribute the minimum amount per service.  Simply put, we need your help and donations to keep our doors open to all.

If you are not able to meet our Minimum Contributions (see below), please contact us (Reservations@TorahNYC.org) before the Holy Days.  Your request will be dealt with discreetly and kindly.  If necessary, you are welcome to discuss your needs discreetly with Annette or Kevin at the Registration Table.


TUJ High Holy Day Reservations &Minimum Contributions
Please help us plan enough seating by reserving a place for each Guest for each service.

Email us at Reservations@TorahNYC.org.

Please include each person’s name, telephone and email address.

26 Years or Over:
Minimum $40 – $125 per person per each High Holy Day Service.

Age 13 through 25:
Minimum $20 – $60 per person per each High Holy Day Service.

For Family Services only:
Minimum $40 – $125 per family per each Family Holy Day Service.
A Family is defined as Parent(s) -or- Other Adult(s) plus Children.

For furtherinformation, please visit our High Holy Day FAQ page.