Being Jewish

I know I’m Jewish, because I’m told that I am. I have no religious background and don’t believe in a god. How can I meaningfully connect to the Jewish world? How can I express that part of me that is Jewish?

Humanistic Judaism has answers to these questions.

Throughout Jewish history, observing Shabbat, holidays and special events in our lives has been a boundless source of joy, comfort, and strength. Our secular Jewish services bind us to Jews through the ages while meeting our contemporary spiritual needs as atheists, agnostics, or believers in a non-interventional higher power. We preserve those traditional rituals, songs, and practices that are still meaningful to us as humanists. We adapt others so that they speak to us more appropriately. And we create new ones specifically for our present and future generations.

This is what I ask for in a synagogue: to understand all the words I say and to only say words I really believe. — Lisa

As Humanistic Jews we affirm that we have the responsibility to shape our own lives. We also teach that we are responsible to one another. We need one another to celebrate our joys, to endure our sorrows, and to become partners together in making the world a better place for all people. And so we form communities, like The City Congregation, to share in these common purposes and goals.