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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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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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.


      The Communications Committee, that is, Michael Witkin, Marty Shore and Devera Witkin, wish you all a happy Summer. We will be mostly offline during the summer. We are happy to report that this Fall, City Congregation member Amy Goldin and Amy Stein, our long serving office administrator, will take over the reins.

      Fall Open Houses

      Join us for one of our Fall 2016 Open Houses/Info Sessions (September 1, 21, 25). Rabbi Peter Schweitzer will provide a general orientation to Humanistic Judaism.

      Discover our engaging, meaningful secular KidSchool (our Sunday School) and unique cultural Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program. Learn how we celebrate Shabbat, the High Holidays, and other Jewish holidays in a manner that is consistent with our secular Jewish identity.

      Please RSVP for one of these sessions here.

      Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah

      Maybe you never had a bar/bat mitzvah. Or you did, but it wasn’t exactly a memorable experience, except for the party. Now is the time to think about an Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah and doing it The City Congregation way. Let Rabbi Peter know if you are interested in such an endeavor and together you will craft a program that will be meaningful, inspiring, and especially memorable!

      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