Many Jews Believe in God

True, many Jews do believe in God, but not all of us. Humanistic Jews celebrate the centrality of human reason and responsibility, independent of supernatural authority


of American Jews
consider themselves
or secular Jews,
and not religious.

We don’t expect a deity to answer prayers, nor do we turn to God as a source for wisdom and truth. Our services use non-theistic language that affirms the human-centered orientation of our philosophy.

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Throughout history, Jewish teachings and practices have progressed to fill the needs of an ever-changing world. Because Judaism is not just a religion, but a broad civilization that embodies a wealth of cultural expressions and traditions. Humanistic Jews understand Judaism as the civilization, ethical values, and shared fate of the Jewish people. Encompassing man languages and a vast body of literature, art, dance, music, and food, Judaism is much more than a set of religious beliefs and practices. It is the cumulative cultural and historical experience of the Jewish people.