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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.


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 September 5th Shabbat Service as well as Selihot (pre-New Year’s Penitential Service) on Saturday, September 20th.

Upcoming Services

Selihot Program & Havdalah
Saturday, Sep 20th 2014 at 8:00 pm

8:00 pm Selihot & Havdalah
9:00 pm New Year’s Reception

In Honor of TUJ’s new Cantor, Dana Anesi

9:00 pm Selihot Service
Led by Rabbi Fridkis and Cantor Anesi

Rosh Hashanah Evening Service
Wednesday, Sep 24th 2014 at 8:00 pm

Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, Sep 25th 2014 at 10:00 am

10:00 am      Morning Service
11:00 am      Family-Children’s Service*
12:30 pm      Family/Pre-Tashlich Kiddush-Luncheon
  2:00 pm      Tashlich (East River at 83rd St.)

* On Rosh Hashanah morning, the Family-Children’s Service is in the adjacent Parlor, the Main Service in the Sanctuary.

Both will conclude together in the Sanctuary from 12:15-12:30pm with song and the Sounding of the Shofar by children and adults. We invite families and those joining us for Tashlich (2pm) to join us for our Family Kiddush-Luncheon.

Yom Kippur Kol Ndre / Evening Service
Friday, Oct 3rd 2014 at 8:00 pm

Yom Kippur
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
                      Neila
  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.

Shabbat Sukkot Service
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.

Family Shabbat Supper-Simhat Torah Celebration
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.


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.