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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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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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 6-13 Chanukah: 8 Nights of Lights

      Happy Chanukah to all! From The City Congregation to you, we are placing a download for your immediate pleasure and benefit, of Rabbi Peter Schweitzer’s Let There Be Lights: A Secular, Cultural, Humanistic Celebration of Chanukah. Containing historical context of Chanukah, as well as songs, secular blessings, cultural traditions, recipes, and more. Let There Be Lights is a guide to enriching your holiday, however you celebrate.

      Enjoy here.

      Dec 4 Pre-Chanukah Shabbat

      Join us for our annual Chanukah Shabbat celebration. This joyous evening includes singing Chanukah songs, our beautiful community Menorah lighting (don’t forget to bring your menorah and candles), pizza, latkes, and our competitive and fun Trivia Night. Please help us plan accordingly: RSVP by Dec. 2.

      Register/RSVP now.

      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