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Chazak Chazak, V'Nitchazek

As 2021 draws to a close, we want to share gratitude to the members and volunteers who have dedicated countless hours and acts of hesed, and financial support this past year to allow us to grow in new ways over the course of the past year. Please join is in giving before the end of 2021.

All about Chanukah!

bowl of dreidels in many colorsLight Up Chanukah with FTJC! 

Cooking & learning, parades & doughnuts, virtual candle lighting, family activities, and more. So many ways to connect with community and light up the night.

Join us for:

  • An online candle lighting on Tuesday, November 30
  • Sufganiyot and shmooze on Shabbat, December 4
  • Share the Light on Sunday, December 5

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.

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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.


Over the past year, we have all tried to keep pace with the many challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FTJC Officers, Rabbi Guy Austrian, and many volunteers have given a great deal of thought to how we should 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 assuring that we are present to support one another.

We currently have an outdoor daily minyan and limited outdoor Shabbat services and other in-person events. We will continue to revisit this decision on an ongoing basis according to guidance from medical and public health authorities.  More information about Shabbat services here.

These difficult decisions are made with deep respect for our community and our neighbors, and the need to stay healthy, save lives, and support our overburdened medical professionals. Our relationships are our greatest strength, and there is much we can do to stay present for one another and to remain in community during the coming weeks.

Our community continues to gather and support one another virtually and in-person. Our in-person and online gatherings are listed on our calendar.


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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.

Thu, December 2 2021 28 Kislev 5782