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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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Save the Date: Yesodot Gala on June 7, 2023

Shavuot 5783 with FTJC!

manuscript of hebrew words in shape of upside down mountainJoin us for overnight and daytime Torah learning, festival prayers, joyful and song-filled Hallel, and chanting of the Ten Commandments. Hear the once-a-year sacred poetry of “Akdamut.” And how can you miss the four-chapter, four-handkerchief love story of Ruth? Yizkor will be held on Day 2 to honor and bless the memory of our deceased family and friends.

P'nei Shabbat

manuscript of hebrew words in shape of upside down mountain Our newest expansion of spiritual experiences on Shabbat! Three times this Spring, 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 (March 17, May 12, June 9) 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 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.

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

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, May 27 2023 7 Sivan 5783