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Yesodot: Strengthening our Foundations

Join us for our first in-person Yesodot celebration in two years honouring our longtime members Dr. Joseph and Naomi Skop Richter! Click here to learn more and RSVP.

An independent traditional egalitarian community in Northern Manhattan

As an independent 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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manuscript of hebrew words in shape of upside down mountainShavuot with FTJC 

Overnight learning indoors, and afternoon learning outdoors, plus Yizkor, the Book of Ruth, and our 2nd day community picnic!

FTJC Windows Project

In 1938, Fort Tryon Jewish Center (FTJC) was founded by Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. By mid-century, FTJC, then located in a handsome building at 524 Fort Washington Avenue, was no longer the fledgling synagogue of its inception. An ever-growing, vibrant community, FTJC now demonstrated with each simcha a people’s resilience following the devastations of the Shoah.

Yet, FTJC needed a prayer and celebration space to meet the ever-increasing needs of an expanding shul, and congregants soon mounted a fundraising drive to renovate and redesign 524 Fort Washington’s main sanctuary and ballroom.

Check out the full history of our stained-glass windows here.

How We Gather in the Pandemic

During the pandemic, we have all tried to keep pace with the many challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FTJC Board, Rabbi Guy Austrian, and many volunteers give a great deal of thought to how we adapt and act, with the goals of preserving the health of our congregation, protecting our community’s most vulnerable members, being conscious of an overburdened medical community, and ensuring that we are present to support one another.

Prayer services are currently held indoors, with numerous safety precautions. We will continue to revisit this decision on an ongoing basis with guidance from medical and public health authorities.  More information about our indoor services here.

Additional programming continues to be held either outdoors or virtually. Please see our winter programming page and our calendar for more information.

manuscript of hebrew words in shape of upside down mountainCovid-19 Resources 

City and local neighborhood resources are compiled here, including public health information, social services, and end of life planning.

Mon, May 23 2022 22 Iyyar 5782