An independent synagogue in Northern Manhattan

As an unaffiliated congregation that has long been an anchor of the Jewish community in Washington Heights and Inwood, we have thrived by evolving with our neighborhood and our membership. Today, the congregation is a diverse mix of families and individuals from many backgrounds. Our egalitarian services and our traditional ritual — spiritual, tuneful and participatory — attract people of all levels of observance.

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All About Purim at FTJC

Purim is an exciting time at FTJC. We celebrate with feasts, fun, retelling and listening to the story of Mordechai, Esther, Vashti, Achashverosh, and the wicked Haman. This year as always we have a jam-packed schedule of programs.

Rimonim Programming: February/March

Saturday, Feb. 24: Nitzanim Sprouting Mitzvot (PreK - 2nd + adult) at 4 pm; RSVP for location.

Sunday, Feb. 25: Shorashim Limud U'Maaseh (3rd-5th) at 2 pm; RSVP for location.

Wednesday, Feb. 28: Zera’im, Nitzanim & Shorashim Pre-Purim Event (0-5th) at 5:30 in the HT social hall, before megillah reading.

Saturday, March 3: Teen Beit Midrash (9th-12th) at 10:40 am in HT Classroom 3 (upstairs).

Sunday, March 5: Anafim Al Shelosha Devarim (6th-8th) at 5 pm, RSVP for location.

Sunday, March 11: YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood's annual Purim Carnival from 12-3 pm at the Y, 54 Nagle Ave.

Saturday, March 17: Anafim monthly parasha discussion (6th-8th) at 10:40 am in HT Classroom 3 (upstairs). 

Saturday, March 17: Teens Times Square Scavenger Hunt (9th-12th) at 8:15 at the Fort Wash/184th A train entrance; please RSVP!

February Community Dinner

Friday, February 23, 6:30 pm

Don't miss the last community dinner of the year! This is your final opportunity to shmooze with friends, partake in a delicious meal, and have a night off from cooking and cleaning. The menu will feature brisket tacos, vegetable enchiladas, and more!

Register here.

Mishloach Manot 5778 

FTJC has set up an easy way for you to send mishloach manot — gifts of food and drink that are sent to family and friends — while supporting your synagogue at the same time.

Click here for more information and to sign up by Sunday, February 25th.

Family Kabbalat Shabbat Service for Nitzanim/Shorashim (PreK-5th and Their Adults

Friday, January 26 from 5:15-6:15 in the HT Penthouse

Welcome the Shabbat Bride as a family at our family-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat before the Community Dinner! All are welcome, whether you attend the dinner or just our service. This service is designed for our Nitzanim and Shorashim families, but all are welcome. 

For more information, email Alyssa Schwager.

Check Out Learning Opportunities at FTJC!

Take a look at FTJC's Learning Opportunities that we have put together for the coming few months. Also take a moment to learn about our  Community Torah Learning Community Torah Learning where we are trying learn 613 hours of Torah by Shavuot!

Launch of Torah Stories for Nitzanim & Shorashim (PreK-5th)

Torah Stories starts on Shabbat Bereishit, Saturday, Oct. 14! Led by Sara Kapps, this learning program will be from 9:40-10:20 on Shabbat mornings in the Penthouse!


Sara will lead the children through investigating the stories, characters, and life applications of the Book of Genesis (Sefer Bereishit) and will meet most Shabbatot. In addition to acting, playing games, having debates, and engaging with Torah in age-appropriate ways, snack time is being moved from the end of Tefillah to the end of Torah Stories.


We hope you can join us! For more information, email Alyssa Schwager.

Fri, February 23 2018 8 Adar 5778