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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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Order your Lulav and Etrog!

manuscript of hebrew words in shape of upside down mountainAs in years past, FTJC is delighted to make available lulav and etrog sets to the congregation and the community at large. This wonderful mitzvah adds joy, fragrance, and beauty to our Sukkot observances, and is especially valuable as a way to give children a tangible experience of the holiday.We pre-order the arba minim (four species: palm, etrog, willow, myrtle) through our friends at West Side Judaica, who get their supplies from growers located near Rehovot and Hadera, Israel.

High Holidays with FTJC!

manuscript of hebrew words in shape of upside down mountainAs 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.

Registration for Rimonim Torah School is open!

manuscript of hebrew words in shape of upside down mountainRimonim Torah School is the newest expansion of Rimonim, the Youth and Family Learning Community at FTJC. Our curriculum focuses on building Jewish skills and learning Jewish values and practices. We engage with Torah and Bible narratives, the Jewish calendar with its holidays and lifecycle events, Hebrew literacy, Jewish identity and diversity, how to do mitzvahs, and justice and ethics.

Elul 5784 with FTJC!

manuscript of hebrew words in shape of upside down mountainIn 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.

FTJC COVID-19 Gathering Policies

manuscript of hebrew words in shape of upside down mountainPlease 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.

Fri, September 29 2023 14 Tishrei 5784