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 write this on a late January day, the inches of snow and ice have mostly melted and the near 50 degree temperatures are tempting me outside after the crazy cold and ongoing snow. It’s not quite the right weather for this time of year, but the draw of spring gives me hope for the turning season somewhere ahead. Therefore I am looking forward to our Tu B’shvat Seder, both for its promise of spring and new growth and the wonderful feeling of community it always engenders. Each year as I sing with Adam and the congregation, I forget my own troubles and allow myself to simply be with all of you.
It’s an interesting evolution from a date that had early significance simply for calculating the age of the trees for tithing. Trees were not harvested for the first few years in order to allow them to mature. The fact that a fiscal marker became a celebration over time speaks to both the need of humans to find reasons to celebrate and look to the future, and the ability of Jews to adapt and change our practices as circumstances evolve. Therein is the heart of our own humanistic practice, finding what is right for us as secular Jews in the modern world. I look forward to seeing you
at Tu B’shvat and other upcoming events.