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Over the last several weeks, we have all tried to keep pace with the rapidly changing conditions related to COVID-19. The FTJC Officers and Rabbi Guy Austrian have given a great deal of thought to how we might respond, 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.

Shabbat services and other in-person events continue to be SUSPENDED. We will continue to revisit this decision on an ongoing basis according to guidance from medical and public health authorities. As of August 15, 2020, FTJC began limited, registration-only outdoor services on Shabbat mornings. More information 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. Our daily and weekly 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.

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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colorful drawing of megillah scroll with wine and groggerPurim with FTJC! 

Even while marking a full year of the Jewish holiday cycle during the pandemic, Purim is an exciting opportunity to rekindle happiness and gratitude, and to remember that even the worst scenarios can be turned upside-down and transformed for the better.

black lives matter - in the image of GodJuneteenth Statement 

FTJC marked Juneteenth with a statement that Black Lives Matter and commitments to action on behalf of racial justice and Jews of Color.

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