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.

      Sept 10, 13, 24 Open Houses

      It’s not too early to sign up for one of our three Fall Open Houses. Rabbi Schweitzer will provide a general orientation to Humanistic Judaism and to The City Congregation. At our two Sunday Open Houses (Sept. 10 & 24), you and your child/children can also attend our KidSchool program.

      Learn more about these information sessions. and sign up for your preferred date.

      Sept 21 Rosh Hashanah

      Join us for a beautiful and moving service of music and contemplation that expresses traditional Rosh Hashanah themes, with a secular message. Our celebration combines familiar passages with innovative language, allowing cultural Jews a way to mark this holiday in a way honors human reason and human dignity.

      You can find more details here, and register for the Rosh Hashanah service and/or all three of our Holiday services.

      Sept 8 Shabbat

      It’s time to begin the year by celebrating our first Shabbat of the season. Following our service, Rabbi Peter will moderate a discussion about what kinds of resolutions we might be making for the Jewish New Year. We’ll also catch up with each other about what we did over the Summer. A delicious pot-luck dessert will follow (a dessert will be appreciated, but certainly not required).

      All the details are here. Registration is requested but not required.

      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