Welcome to City Congregation!
With gatherings in both the West Village and Upper West Side, The City Congregation was founded in 1991 as the New York City affiliate of the Society for Humanistic Judaism. Our membership is as diverse as it is widespread, connecting secular Jews of all ages, races, and sexualities from across the tri-state area, banding together in search of something cultural, spiritual, intellectual, or social. Our shared secular values, connection to Jewishness, and support for one another bind us together as a community.
What we do
City Congregations offers a variety of Shabbat services and holiday programs for Chanukah, Passover, and the High Holidays, as well as a number of traditional and non-traditional social gatherings and activities. In addition, our religious education program spans preschool to elementary school to Bar & Bat Mitzvah preparation in middle school. We also hold Adult Perspectives classes, where we make connections between Jewish history, stories and ideas, and our everyday lives.
What we believe
Humanistic Judaism is a secular Jewish denomination that celebrates the centrality of human judgment and human power from a uniquely Jewish perspective. As humanists we believe that reason, rather than faith, is the source of truth, and that human intelligence and experience are capable of guiding our lives. As Jews we express these beliefs through the culture and practices that have evolved over centuries of Jewish history.