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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.


Celebrate Chanukah 5783 at FTJC!


Come celebrate Chanukah 5783 at FTJC! Join us for community wide events, classes for adults, Children's Programming, Prayer Services and more! Check out the full list of events at!

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OFEK End of Year Fundraising Campaign


Ofek means horizon.  As 2022 comes to a close, we ask our community to look toward the horizon in order to create a bright future for our sacred community by donating to the Ofek Campaign.  

A generous MATCH will double your impact when you support Ofek!
Donate now:

FTJC COVID-19 Gathering Policies

manuscript of hebrew words in shape of upside down mountainDuring 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.

Please click here to read how FTJC is approaching our in-person gatherings.

Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah

Click here to learn more about Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Programming!

The FTJC Sukkah will be in its usual location on the lawn north of the St. Frances Cabrini Shrine. To find the Sukkah, enter through the northern entrance at 701 Fort Washington Avenue and make a right to the grassy area at the north end of the property (just south of Javits playground).

Pre-order your Lulav and Etrog! until Thursday, October 6, 11:59 PM. If you pre-order a lulav and etrog, pickups will be Sunday October 9, 12:00-4:00 PM, on the Lawn at Cabrini Shrine, 701 Fort Washington Ave., during the construction and decoration of the FTJC Sukkah. Please ask a friend to pick it up for you if you can't be there yourself at that time. We will not be able to hold it for you later or elsewhere.

High Holidays 5783-2022

Click here to learn more about High Holy Day programming

As we read in the Book of Samuel on Rosh Hashanah, Hannah prayed from her heart. At FTJC we too strive to pray with Hannah's intensity and hope on the High Holidays. Together we can create a deep and joyful experience of realigning our lives and our relationships, to help us become the people we aspire to be. All ages celebrate together, with children and youth programming that includes services, activities, and childcare.

Elul 2022: Getting Ready for the High Holidays

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In the month of Elul, we have 29 days before Rosh  Hashanah to start reconnecting with our inner life and realigning with God and with those around us. FTJC offers multiple ways in to this fertile period of time. Let's really use Elul to enter the atmosphere of the High Holidays, to do our spiritual work, and to set ourselves up for a powerful experience of this year's Days of Awe.

Rimonim Torah School Registration is OPEN! 

manuscript of hebrew words in shape of upside down mountainClick here to register for Rimonim Torah School 

We're thrilled to open registration for our Rimonim Torah School, starting this fall! Learn all about our new Tuesday afternoon program for Nitzanim (K-2nd Grade) and Shorashim (3rd-5th Grade), Family Beit Midrash, Hebrew Chavruta Online, and more.

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.

Wed, December 7 2022 13 Kislev 5783