Rabbi

Rabbi

Rabbi Ari Fridkis

Ari Fridkis

With the High Holy Days upon us – this year earlier than in decades – I feel privileged to write you as Rabbi of this very special congregation: TUJ.

In our new publicity, we speak of what makes TUJ unique among mainstream Reform congregations: our respect for each individual’s and family’s philosophical and spiritual choices. We embrace interfaith couples, dual religion families, gays and lesbians, singles, people of color, young and old. Anyone – Jew or Gentile – can join our Jewish congregation.

We’re also a friendly congregation where all find a warm welcome: a true community, comprised of caring and supportive people. Now we are beginning to grow again. Our Annual Passover Seder overflowed the Parlor this year. I wish those not present were privileged to witness the energy of so many, the soulful music and the beautifully shared spirit.

One of our Board members recently remarked: “TUJ is NYC’s best kept secret! With modest dues by local standards and an open door policy with no one turned away, we exemplify what a true congregation is meant to be.”

Please help us spread the word. Invite friends and family. Certainly more members are good for TUJ. We have much to offer NYC’s progressive Jewish community.

We live in relatively difficult spiritual times. For whenever a society – its culture,science, philosophy – changes rapidly, individuals find themselves unsure of what ideas to cling to and what institutions to affiliate with. TUJ is well poised to be one of those organizations. I’m sure of it.

I look forward to personally wishing each of you a Shana Tova u’Metuka: a sweet and good new year!

Ari Fridkis