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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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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.

image of mountain upside downShavuot with FTJC 

This year at Shavuot, the second of the pandemic, we stand again at the cusp of change, uncertain where our journey will take us and how we will be changed. Yet we recommit to a life of learning Torah and building community.

Sun, June 20 2021 10 Tammuz 5781