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A bar or bat mitzvah unlike any other

City Congregation has the meaningful and engaging bar or bat mitzvah experience your child deserves. Our individually tailored program gives secular Jewish teenagers a deep, personal, and lasting link to their heritage.

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Our services speak your language

Tradition and innovation go hand in hand at City Congregation’s joyful Friday evening Shabbat celebrations. Familiar melodies and values. Modern practices you can understand and stand behind. Plus fascinating cultural programs.

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Pass on your heritage and beliefs

At City Congregation's secular Jewish KidSchool, children learn a love of Jewish culture as well as the value of critical thinking in the pursuit of truth. Raise your kids to be part of an ancient civilization and the modern world at the same time.

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Holidays for secular Jews

Join us for beautiful and moving celebrations that express traditional holiday themes while honoring human reason and dignity. We combine familiar passages with innovative language for holidays everyone can share.

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Judaism for the way we live now

Beyond “just Jewish,” the Humanistic movement is an expression of secular Judaism that celebrates human reason and human judgment. It is the continuing evolution of the culture and practices that have sustained and uplifted the Jewish people for centuries.

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Welcome to The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, New York's home for secular and cultural Jews. Join a diverse and vibrant community where you can celebrate your heritage, refresh your spirit, and nourish your mind — without compromising your beliefs.

      May 17 Flawed Superheroes

      Join us as we welcome Danny Fingeroth, veteran comics writer, editor, and educator, best known for his longtime stint as editor of Marvel’s Spider-Man comics line, who will explore the connection between Jewish comics writers and the characters they created.

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      May 15 What We Wish We’d Known

      When we were younger, would we have taken life more seriously or would we have lightened up? Would we have chosen different career and/or life paths? After a panel of our members present their thoughts, program moderator and City Congregation member Carol Sternhell will invite audience members to join the conversation.

      Pot-luck dessert will follow the Shabbat service and program.

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      May 17 Final Spring Open House

      Rabbi Peter Schweitzer will provide a general orientation to Humanistic Judaism and The City Congregation. How do we celebrate Shabbat and holidays? What distinguishes our secular KidSchool and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program from religious programs? All are welcome at these information sessions.

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      Is City Congregation the right place for you?
      • Are you a humanist, freethinker, agnostic, or atheist?
      • Believe in a higher power but not traditional prayer?
      • Want to raise your kids Jewish but not religious?
      • Say what you believe and believe what you say
      • We embrace interfaith and multicultural families
      • An LGBT-friendly community
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