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.

      Apr 22 Introduction to Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program

      Have you attended a Humanistic Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Learn what is involved in preparing for and celebrating a Humanistic Bar or Bat Mitzvah service with The City Congregation. Hear about our mentoring match, the steps required to complete the program, and much more. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers with Rabbi Peter Schweitzer and Program Director Isabel Kaplan. Parents and potential students are welcome.
      Learn more. RSVP required.

      Further details.

      Apr 17 Yom HaShoah Commemoration

      Our special Shabbat commemoration for Yom HaShoah will feature Sonia Pilcer, novelist, essayist and screenwriter, who was born in a displaced persons camp to Polish Jewish Holocaust survivors and arrived with her parents in New York City in the 1950s, where they first lived on the Lower East Side. For more about Sonia Pilcer, visit her website.

      Following our Shabbat service and commemoration, join us for potluck dessert and schmoozing.

      Further Details.

      May 3 Annual Town Hall Meeting

      Now is your chance to speak out at our annual State of The City Congregation. Learn about our plans for 2015-2016. What do you, our members, envision for our future? Is there a special program you’d like to see? How is our congregation doing? What do we do “right”, and/or “wrong”?

      Come, participate!

      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
The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism

Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation can focus on self-discovery, critical thinking, values clarification, and reason, in a secular Jewish environment.


Sign up for our informational meeting.