Celebrating the 50th year of the congregation in 2017….
Teen Tzedakah Group shows off backpacks ready for Mercy Center school kids.
Rosh Hashanah eve service ends with a blessing and an Oneg.
The shofar is heard at CHJ Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Family Services.
Members all play a role in making the congregation work. Read about how CHJ is organized.
Members meet for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Sherwood Island State Park.
Tu B’Shvat, the New Year of Trees, falls on the fifteenth day of the month of Shvat. It originated in a pagan festival honoring Asherah, goddess of farmers and fertility. Her chief festival took place at the end of the rainy season, when the sap begins to rise in the fruit trees of Israel. –… Read More
Our Congregation celebrates Passover together each year with a humanistic seder for families on the second night, as well as a children’s model seder during Sunday School. Although Passover began as a nature holiday, celebrating new life, it became a commemoration of the biblical exodus and the escape from slavery in ancient Egypt. Jews today read… Read More
Families are the future of CHJ. Our inclusive, warm, welcoming Congregation includes families of all stripes coming together to celebrate Judaism and being Jewish. From Baby Naming to Sunday School to Bar & Bat Mitzvah to the Teen Tzedakah Group to Adult Ed, you’ll find a community for families and kids of all ages. Humanistic… Read More
As I near the end of my term, I keep thinking about what matters to me about CHJ. All of us came to this congregation via different routes, and as individuals, we all have different experiences with the group and goals for what we want to get out of it. This is an ongoing struggle as we seek to grow our membership, as it can be difficult to project what will bring others in and what they will want — it is so much easier to assume the prospective members will be just like us.
I know that SHJ has been struggling with the same issues, and has begun some new initiatives like Jews for a Secular Democracy in order to have more of a political voice for those who are looking to participate in this kind of action. As a congregation, we will soon have a new Program Coordinator to enable us to continue to have vibrant, cross generational activities that celebrate Humanistic Judaism.
While I will refrain from making assumptions about what others might want, I will say what has been important to me. I came to the congregation because it gave me a way to express my Judaism in a way that was comfortable for me, and likewise has allowed me to raise my son with a knowledge of what it means to be Jewish — in other words, the “Judaism” part has been hugely important. Second has been a community of kind, caring individuals that are open to diversity. I am happy and proud that we have participated in social action as a group, but will readily admit that I have other outlets for those activities.
I look forward to continuing to care and share with CHJ and to bringing more individuals and families into our community.