TORAHnyc, established in 2007, is an outreach organization devoted to traditional Judaism from a Reform-Liberal perspective. Our goal is to invite all unaffiliated Jewish and interfaith individuals & families to our Shabbat & Holiday celebrations as well as Jewish study
TORAHnyc was conceived, developed and led by Rabbi Ari Fridkis with the help and love of Karen Strauss - who for many years lead us in song and prayer with her beautiful voice.
In 2014, TorahNYC became a Reform Outreach Project of The Temple of Universal Judaism (TUJ), a URJ: Union for Reform Judaism Congregation on the Upper East Side. Rabbi Fridkis joined TUJ as Rabbi in July 2012. TUJ will help TorahNYC expand its programming and extend its Open Doors in new and expansive directions.
Ari Fridkis, LCSW, Rabbi has been a Reform rabbi for twenty-five years. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, he has studied at Brandeis University (Boston), The University of Judaism (Los Angeles), UCLA, Hebrew University (Jerusalem), Wurzweiler School of Social Work (New York), Family Institute of Westchester and most recently Hebrew Union College-NY. He holds a BA, BLitt, MA, MSW, Certificate in Jewish Education and Rabbinic Ordination.
Rabbi Ari Fridkis is a member of the CCAR: The Central Conference of American Reform Rabbis.
In addition to being the Director of TORAHnyc, Rabbi Fridkis is also the Rabbi of Congregation Da'at Elohim: The Temple of Universal Judaism - a Union of Reform Judaism congregation - on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
A congregational rabbi for many years, Rabbi Fridkis was aware that far too many individuals and families - who were not part of synagogues and congregations - lacked access to Reform/ liberal/ progressive Jewish life. Rabbi Fridkis thus created TORAHnyc: a new organization devoted to shedding the light of Torah onto all who are in search of a deeper connection to Judaism.
As a pioneer working with interfaith couples and families, Rabbi Fridkis has been a long time proponent of providing access to all interested Jews and others in our Jewish community.
Rabbi Fridkis is also a Psychotherapist in Private Practice. He received his clinical MSW/LCSW from Yeshiva University. He specializes in couples coaching and counseling in his private practice on the Upper West Side.
In the Winter when others are hibernating, you can often find Rabbi Fridkis via his mobile phone while snowboarding on the slopes. At other slow times of the year he enjoys spending time studying Architecture and Interior Design and other Creative Arts. (Do not, however, ask him to sing for you.) While hardly an expert, he can fix or build most things at home. Usually :).
TORAHnyc reaches out to the unaffiliated Reform-Liberal Jewish community of NYC with High Holy Day meals & services, our Passover Seder, Shabbat at the home of Rabbi Fridkis and Torah study designed to unlock the ancient mysteries of the Jewish experience and "The ONE Who Is ALL."
TORAHnyc...is a "place" and a "home" - not a location. A place where those who are alone at holiday time ... on the Sabbath ... anytime ... "can find a Jewish home."
TORAHnyc...is open to ALL - young and older, singles & couples, children & families, gay men & lesbians, the interfaith, BOTH those who are born Jewish & those who are not.
TORAHnyc...can be your "home" when you need us - a "place" for all who are searching for a deeper connection to Jewish life, learning & the Jewish people.
Come for the New Year... Come for Shabbat... Come study Torah...