The Society for Humanistic Judaism

The City Congregation is an affiliated community of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, a non-theistic Jewish denomination established in 1969 by Rabbi Sherwin Wine. SHJ comprises more than 30 secular Jewish communities in the United States and Canada.

SHJ’s mission is to mobilize people to celebrate Jewish identity and culture in a manner consistent with a humanistic philosophy of life. It assists in organizing and supporting congregations throughout North America. SHJ publishes a quarterly magazine, Humanistic Judaism, available to its members and by subscription. SHJ’s social justice initiative “Jews for a Secular Democracy” calls for religion out of government.

HuJews is the teen and young adult division of SHJ. It provides secular Jewish resources for college students and hosts an annual Teen and College Conclave.


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humanistic judasim promotes separation of church and state

An initiative of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, this project seeks to mobilize Jews to support the secular governance institutions that protect all us.  Sign up to stay in touch with the Society on this important issue.

Directory of Humanistic congregations in North America

The City Congregation has sister congregation relationships with Kol Hadash in the Chicago area and Kol Haverim in Ithaca, New York.

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The International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ)

IISHJ is the intellectual and educational arm of the Humanistic Judaism movement. It was established in 1985 to train rabbis, leaders, teachers, and spokespersons for the movement. The Institute’s biennial Colloquium program brings together scholars, writers, and artists to investigate issues of Jewish identity and Jewish survival in the contemporary world. IISHJ’s publishing arm produces scholarly and popular books on secular humanistic Judaism.

The Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations is an umbrella group of independent organizations that promote a secular expression of Jewish heritage with particular emphasis on the culture and ethics of the Jewish people.

The Association of Humanistic Rabbis is a professional association that provides rabbis in the Humanistic movement with fellowship, collegial support, and educational resources.

The City Congregation is registered with, which provides resources and support for people in interfaith relationships.

Cary and Andrea, both board members of SHJ, talk about their relationship to Judaism