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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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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.

      Dec 16 Chanukah Shabbat

      Come to one of favorite events of the year — Bring your own menorah for our special community candle lighting. Enjoy dinner (including latkes and sufganiyot) in the company of your old and new friends. And test your knowledge while playing our annual Jewish Trivia Game.

      RSVP is required by Dec. 14.

      Dec 2 Criticizing Israel?

      Following our Shabbat service, our special program will feature Eric Alterman, Distinguished Professor, Brooklyn College, expert on media bias and the news. He will address the B.D.S. movement on college campuses, anti-Israel criticism vis-à-vis anti-Semitism, and our responses as Humanistic Jews. Discussion will follow, as will our pot-luck dessert after this stimulating program.

      Learn more about the program and Professor Alterman on our calendar.

      Jan 8 Theatre of the Oppressed

      We are proud to present our Sixth Annual Theatre of the Oppressed NYC show, entitled “Homestead Instead: Reclaiming the Dream”, created and performed by members of the Concrete Justice Troupe, addressing issues of homelessness, gentrification and homesteading,
      and based on real-life experiences of the actors and actresses.

      Learn more about this interactive acting methodology and RSVP here. Open to the public.

      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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