Shabbat at The City Congregation

The City Congregation holds Shabbat celebrations once or twice a month on Friday evenings at 7:30 PM at our midtown location. Each Shabbat includes a 30-40 minute service followed by a presentation about a Jewish cultural topic, a pot-luck dessert, and time for schmoozing. Guests are always welcome to attend our free Shabbat celebrations.

To see when and where our next Shabbat service takes place, click here.

Secular Shabbat services

The essence of Shabbat is deeply compatible with our humanistic philosophy: to create a special moment in time when we set aside the work of our daily lives and rejuvenate our spirit for the week ahead. Our services combine modern readings, our own humanistic blessings, and original songs as well as familiar melodies with lyrics that have been adapted to reflect our humanistic beliefs.

Secular Shabbat Service

Jewish cultural programs

The City Congregation honors the Shabbat tradition of Jewish learning by holding presentations and discussions on a wide variety of subjects, from history and the arts to ethics and politics. Whether led by Rabbi Tzemah Yoreh, members of the congregation, or notable guests, these Jewish cultural programs are always fascinating, informative, and fun (and free!)

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Free children’s Shabbat program

Free childcare for kids five and older is available at all our Shabbat celebrations. Young children who don’t wish to join their parents for the adult services or cultural program can head to our kids’ room for singing, games, and simple arts and crafts.

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January
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Midtown Shabbat location
109 East 39th Street Manhattan, New York NY 10016, USA

Shabbat Service and Cultural Program

7:30 service Cultural program: Secular Spirituality – Ernie Rubinstein The word “spirituality” will frighten many a good humanist away. But humanism and spirituality are not necessarily opposed. ...

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February
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Midtown Shabbat location
109 East 39th Street Manhattan, New York NY 10016, USA

Shabbat Service and Cultural Program

7:30 service Cultural program: Who was Saul Alinsky? Saul Alinsky, described by William F Buckley, jr., as  “close to an organizational genius,” remains a brilliant social justice ...

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February
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Midtown Shabbat location
109 East 39th Street Manhattan, New York NY 10016, USA

Shabbat Service and Cultural Program

7:30 service Cultural program: Finding Home:  Recognition and Undoing of Shame In Children of Immigrants - Sandy Farber Sandy Farber is a long-time TCC member who, in the ...

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March
06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
St. John's
81 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

Annual Purim Celebration

Let's make it a festive party! One of The City Congregation's most enjoyable, and well-attended events is our Purim Shabbat, featuring dinner, hamantaschen, games, drinking, and ...

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March
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Midtown Shabbat location
109 East 39th Street Manhattan, New York NY 10016, USA

Shabbat Service and Cultural Program

7:30 service Cultural program: Where is Mengele? The Great Search for an Evil Man - Dr. David Marwell Dr. David Marwell, former director of NYC’s Museum of Jewish ...

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March
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Midtown Shabbat location
109 East 39th Street Manhattan, New York NY 10016, USA

Shabbat Service and Cultural Program

7:30 service Cultural program: CCNY, Corruption and a Scandal that Shook New York City – Matthew Goodman City College of New York was a tuition-free, merit-based college in ...

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April
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Midtown Shabbat location
109 East 39th Street Manhattan, New York NY 10016, USA

Shabbat Service and Cultural Program

7:30 service Cultural program: Yom Hashoah testimony - Rabbi Dr. Aliza Erber This year at TCC’s Holocaust memorial Rabbinic Pastor Dr. Aliza Erber will offer testimony and learning ...

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May
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Midtown Shabbat location
109 East 39th Street Manhattan, New York NY 10016, USA

Shabbat Service and Cultural Program

7:30 service Cultural program: For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World - Sasha Sagan Sasha Sagan joins us to discuss her ...

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May
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Midtown Shabbat location
109 East 39th Street Manhattan, New York NY 10016, USA

Shabbat Service and Cultural Program

7:30 service Cultural program: The A-Z of Intermarriage - book launch by Rabbi Denise Handlarski What if everything you ever heard about intermarriage was wrong? Research and experience ...

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June
06:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Shabbat – End of Year Celebration

Join us at our final Shabbat of the season. Celebrate and thank our volunteers and Volunteer-of-the-Year. Share in our catered dinner—our last gathering until our summer ...

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