Rosh Hashanah eve service ends with a blessing and an Oneg.
The shofar is heard at CHJ Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Family Services.
Teen Tzedakah Group shows off backpacks ready for Mercy Center school kids.
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.
Celebrating nature at the Tu B’Shvat seder is a joyous event filled with music and good food.
CHJ celebrates the High Holidays with beautiful and contemplative services incorporating elements of Jewish tradition that are consistent with our humanistic perspective. Each year the services are written anew or edited by members of the congregation. The Rosh Hashanah evening service reflects both the joy and solemnity of the Jewish New Year. Included are readings,… Read More
Sunday School at the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism offers instruction for grades kindergarten through Bar/Bat Mitzvah. In small classes, and through art, music, technology, texts, and games, students learn about Jewish culture, history, and holidays, receiving a rich Jewish experience from a humanistic perspective. Read about What’s Happening at Sunday School this year here. Humanistic… Read More
Humanistic Judaism offers contemporary Jews a true alternative to the other branches of Judaism. Our services reflect a bold, creative approach to Judaism as a cultural, historical affiliation. On the High Holidays we take pride in celebrating and reflecting on our Jewish identity, in examining who we are as Jews in the modern world. As… Read More
“I am a born again Humanistic Jew.” That’s what one attendee at the Society for Humanistic Judaism’s (SHJ) Board Meeting said to me over dinner. After the meeting, I feel the same way. Humanistic Judaism and our Congregation can help us deal with life’s big issues: how to live with and engage our fellow human beings (chesed), how to treat our planet (Tu B’Shevat), how to raise our kids (tikkun olam, chesed and tzedakah), how to deal with the loss of a loved one (sitting shiva) and how to strive for peace in the world (tikkun olam) and even find peace in our over-booked lives (shabbat). This Board member, who is studying to be a madrikh (lay leader) at the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, reminded me that answers lie in our Jewish heritage and our humanistic philosophy.