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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.

      May 6 Yom HaShoah Program

      Join us as we observe Yom HaShoah with our Memorial Candlelighting Ceremony.

      Shirley Ranz, child of Holocaust survivors and member of our Congregation, will talk about righteous gentiles. What is it about their character that enabled them to risk their lives and the lives of their own families to save strangers? Rabbi Schweitzer will lead a discussion following Shirley’s talk.

      More information here.

      Spring Open Houses

      Join us for one of our Spring 2016 Open Houses/Info Sessions (May 1, 11, 15). 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.

      Kindly RSVP for one of these sessions here.

      May 6 Honoring James Ryan

      James Daniel Ryan was “born into” our Congregation. He had his naming ceremony at our Congregation, attended and graduated KidSchool, was a Bar Mitzvah, teacher’s assistant, song leader, youth leader, go­to childcare provider, and our musician, all under the roof of The City Congregation. Following his graduation from high school, James will be attending McGill University.

      On May 6, we will acknowledge and thank James for sharing his talents and his caring through the years, and wish him well.

      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