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.

      Jan.23 Songs of Our People From Around the World

      Following our Shabbat Services, we are happy to present an evening of Jewish music from around the world with Robin Greenstein, singer-songwriter from NYC whose music is a mix of folk, pop, rock, blues, country and jazz. Robin is a familiar visitor to The City Congregation and has performed throughout the United States and around the world.

      All are welcome at this free event.

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      Jan. 25 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Knishes

      Laura Silver, award-winning journalist and our presenter at this Adult Perspectives gathering, has written a cultural history that combines biography, memoir, humor, memories, recipes, and an essential guide to where to buy a great knish!

      Join us!

      Feb.6 Post-Mitzvah Youth Think Back and Look Ahead

      What happens after City Congregation teens complete their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs? Does Humanistic Judaism remain part of their lives? What can our community offer our post-mitzvah teens?

      We welcome a group of young people of varying ages who will share their reflections on these and other questions. We’ll open the floor for discussion, and for further thoughts from adults about their own B’nai Mitzvah a generation or more ago.

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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