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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.


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Shavuot 5784

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In smoke and fire, concealed and revealed, the Torah comes to us as a gift from God. On Shavuot, we open ourselves at night to receive the Torah, and enact our presence at Mount Sinai in the morning with Torah reading and celebration. Visit to learn more!

Yesodot 5784

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You are invited to FTJC’s Yesodot gala on June 17 at 6:30pm at the Fort Washington Collegiate Campus. We are thrilled to honor Ami Altzman and R. Jamie Weisbach for their incredible contributions to the FTJC community!

Passover with FTJC 

It's all here! Seder registration, selling chametz, fast of the first-born, kashrut resources, youth & family programs, community picnic, and much more! 

Second Night Seder at FTJC 

manuscript of hebrew words in shape of upside down mountainCelebrate with community at our second night community seder on Tuesday April 23 at 8:00 PM! FTJC and the Y of Washington Heights & Inwood are cosponsoring a joyful seder led by FTJC's Rabbi Guy Austrian, full of discussion, song, learning, and drama. 

P'nei Shabbat 

manuscript of hebrew words in shape of upside down mountainThree times this Spring (Fri March 15, 5:45 PM, Fri April 5, 6:15 PM, Fri May 31, 7:15 PM), we'll sing Kabbalat Shabbat with the energy of acoustic instruments played by members of our FTJC community, as we sit in concentric circles and welcome Shabbat face to face. These services will begin an hour before candle-lighting time so that instruments can be put away before Shabbat begins, and will cover the entire traditional Kabbalat Shabbat liturgy, followed by Ma'ariv. 

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.

Sat, June 22 2024 16 Sivan 5784