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.

      Read Rabbi Peter’s Plagues

      What’s a Passover Seder without frogs, pestilence, and darkness? This year we need to update the list to include xenophobia, assault on human rights, outright lies, and more! Please “share” Rabbi Peter Schweitzer’s new list of plagues with your friends. See all ten contemporary plagues here.

      Apr 8 Pre-Passover Seder

      Bring your family and friends and enjoy a full Seder with a delicious catered meal. Rabbi Peter will lead our service, using as our text his historically accurate “Liberated Haggadah: A Passover Celebration for Cultural, Secular and Humanistic Jews.” All are welcome to experience our unique but familiar Jewish secular Seder.

      Click here for further details. Registration is required by April 4.


      Mar 24 Sharing Our Stories

      Following our Shabbat service, Dan Wyman, our co-president, will guide us in participating in our Congregation-wide Interviewing Campaign, where we get to know each other better, learn what worries and inspires us, and helps point us toward future work that best reflects our priorities and values.

      All are welcome. Please register here

      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