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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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 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.

Upcoming January Rimonim Events

Anafim: Sunday, January 21 @ 5 pm: Al Shelosha Devarim

Anafim's monthly experiential learning program for grades 6th-8th is meeting again! Come think, learn and experience what it means to be an emerging Jewish adult! Snacks always provided! Parents--please drop off your kids and enjoy some free time! Please RSVP to Dani Kogan, Youth Advisor, for location.

Family Kabbalat Shabbat Service: Friday, January 26 @ 5:15 pm, HT Penthouse

Anafim: Saturday, January 27 @ 10 am, HT Classroom 3: Monthly Parasha Discussion

Come join Dani Kogan for our monthly discussion of the weekly Torah portion. This month, we will learn about Parashat Beshalach—the action-packed parasha that will get us in the mood for Passover as we continue the story of the Exodus from Egypt!

Teens: Saturday, January 27 @ 10:40 am, HT Classroom 3: Teen Beit Midrash

All high schoolers are welcome to join our Teens’ (Teen Leadership Team Group) monthly Beit Midrash with Dani Kogan, Youth Advisor! The conversation about relationships in Tanakh will continue while munching on yummy snacks!

Zerai'm: Saturday, January 27 @ 4 pm: Seeds of Tu BiShvat

Calling all Zera’im families (children 0-4 and their grown-ups) for a Shabbat afternoon gathering full of Tu BiShvat-themed play, singing, stories and treats among friends. Please bring a kosher snack to share. Hope to see you and your little ones there! For location information, RSVP to Alyssa Schwager, Youth & Family Educator & Community Organizer.


Community Dinner "All Mixed Up" (with Yael and Sisera)

Friday, January 26th, 6:30 pm

Back by popular demand! Meet new FTJC community members and get to know long-time members better at FTJC's ""all mixed up"" Shabbat dinner! The Programming Committee will be assigning seating in order to facilitate the event.

The menu will feature shish kebabs, inspired by Sisera and Yael from the week's Haftorah.

Register here.

Cholent Bowl IV

Friday, January 12th, 8:30 pm

Home Hosted; Please RSVP for address 

If you thought the ‘Bowl Season’ ends on New Years, you’re wrong! Much like college football rankings, choosing the very best cholent is always challenging. We are counting on you, our esteemed FTJC membership, to make a democratic selection of the best cholent in shul!

Sign up here to get your meat or vegetarian cholent on the ballot (or to bring a beer/dessert, enjoy the spectacle, and and take part in a rare opportunity for Friday night cholent). Please RSVP as space as limited. Suggested donation of $10 per person. Vegetarians welcome.

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.

December Programming for Rimonim (Youth & Family)

Check out our upcoming Chanukkah-themed Rimonim programming events! We have programming from all ages 0-18 and their adults! 

Zera'im (ages 0-4): Seeds of Chanukah, December 9 @ 4:15 pm

Nitzanim (PreK-2nd): Chanukah Program with Havdallah with Shorashim, December 16 @ 4:15 pm

Shorashim (3rd-5th): Chanukah Program with Havdallah with Nitzanim, December 16 @ 4:15 pm

Anafim (6th-8th): 

Parasha Discussion, December 16 @ 10:40 am- Kids only; location to be announced 

Dreidel-Off with Teens, December 17 @ 7 pm- Kids only

Teens (9th-12th):

Teen Beit Midrash, December 9 @ 10:40 am- Teens only; located at HT Classroom 3 (upstairs)

Dreidel-Off with Anafim, December 17 @ 7 pm- Kids only

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

Christmas Day Mitzvah Project 

Monday, December 25th, 10:00 am

In town on Christmas morning? Join the FTJC Programming Committee in bringing baked goods and big thanks to those who keep the city running 365 days a year.

Chinese and Movie

Sunday, December 24, 7:00 pm

Join the FTJC community for a time-honored Jewish tradition - Chinese food and a movie, hosted by our members Lindsey and David. $10 per person - meat and vegetarian options available. The movie of choice is "Hidden Figures", Oscar-nominated in 2016. 

Space is limited - please register here.

FTJC's Shabbat Chanukah Tisch! 

Friday, December 15th, 8:30 pm 

Come for a chill social gathering, tisch, and yummy food in honor of our beloved festival of lights!

All About Chanukah at FTJC!

A full menu of community celebrations, youth & family programs, prayer services, and more. Get those dreidels spinning this Chanukah with your community at the Fort Tryon Jewish Center.

Sat, January 20 2018 4 Shevat 5778