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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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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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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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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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.

      Summer 2015

      The long awaited summer is before us. Your web and email volunteers (the Communications Committee) will be hard at work this summer, updating next year’s calendar and website. We’ll email you when the updates are done so you can begin to plan your calendar around next year’s City Congregation activities. And we’ll remind you to join or rejoin The City Congregation.

      To our fellow City Congregation members and those of you just dropping by, we wish you a safe, terrific summer, and don’t forget that sunblock!

      Sept. 11 First Shabbat

      Our first Shabbat is on a date most of us will never forget. What happens over time to the way we absorb and mark dates? Rabbi Peter Schweitzer will explore and invite discussion about how traumatic events enter our collective memories. Pot-luck dessert and schmoozing follow.

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      Important Dates

      Sept 9 Information Session
      Sept 20 Information Session
      Sept 11 First Shabbat
      Sept 14 Rosh Hashanah
      Sept 20 First Day of KidSchool
      Sept 22 Kol Nidre
      Sept 23 Yom Kippur

      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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