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.
- from the Yom Kippur liturgyYom Kippur begins with two Confessionals: one between ourselves and another, and the second between the One-God-of-All and ourselves. We “repent” because we’ve “missed the mark,” choosing years of vanity and animosity lives filled with love and days spent repairing the world.Many will fast on Yom Kippur to “reaffirm” the triumph of the spirit over our physical selves. For we know instinctively that when we reach the end of our lives we will be content not with what and how much we have, but by who we’ve become and what we’ve done for others.The final moments of these “Yamim Noraim: Days of Awe” and “renewal” is the climax of the Jewish New Year. At nightfall – the close of the fast – we pray figuratively to be “sealed in the Book of Life” as we commit to “return” to our nobler selves and create a better life for our families and all people.As this Yom Kippur comes to a close, may each of us find a safe and proud place in the Book of Forgiveness, in the Book of Kindness and Compassion, in the Book of Sustenance and Health, and especially in the Book of a Good New Year.
Friday, Oct 3rd 2014 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, Oct 4th 2014 at 10:00 am
10:00 am Morning Service
3:30 pm Afternoon Service
4:30 pm Family-Children’s Service*
5:00 pm Yizkor
6:00 pm Havdalah
* On Yom Kippur afternoon, the Family-Children’s Service is in the adjacent Parlor, while Main Services continue in the Sanctuary,
Both will conclude together at 6pm in the Sanctuary with Havdalah and the final Sounding of the Shofar by children and adults.
Friday, Oct 10th 2014 at 7:30 pm
with Lulav, Etrog and Sukkah Reception
Led by Rabbi Fridkis and Cantor Anesi
Note for Families & Children: The Sukkot Service will be adult-oriented, though families are welcome. There will be opportunity for children to participate.
Friday, Oct 17th 2014 at 6:15 pm
6:15 pm Family Shabbat Supper-Simhat Torah Celebration
7:30 pm Main Shabbat-Simhat Torah Service and Hakafot
Both led by Rabbi Fridkis and Cantor Anesi
Note for Families & Children: Both the Main Service-Hakafot and the “Family Supper-Simhat Torah Celebration” will be family-oriented for those who wish to remain.
(includes all High Holy Day services for Member & children under 21)
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.