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
In last month’s “Letter from the President” column I invited members and particularly newer members, to become actively engaged in CHJ’s cooperative model by volunteering to support or initiate program events. I noted the hiring of Emily Shufrin as CHJ’s new part-time program coordinator who will be available to you to provide support to ensure successful events. Also in the July Newsletter was Emily’s survey which included a request for program ideas and her contact information of CHJCTPrograms@gmail.com or 860-707-9808, for members interested in becoming involved. I am pleased to acknowledge that even during the vacation days of summer some members stepped up and contacted Emily. Thank you to those concerned. As the year progresses I will continue to ask that you look at your schedule and determine when and how you too, will be able to support CHJ’s cooperative model and become a CHJ volunteer.
I am also pleased to note that despite the usual distractions of summer, CHJ continues to offer programs thanks to the volunteers who organize events, open their homes and the members and prospective members who attend those events.
Throughout the summer CHJ members continue to enjoy stimulating programs and the opportunity to socialize with one another through events such as Men’s Rap, Women’s Rap, and Book Club as well as ongoing social action opportunities.
Don’t Miss “Havdalah@ the Beach”!
As most members know the annual “Havdalah@ the Beach” event and service is a very popular CHJ program held each summer and typically attracts both members and prospective members. It is an opportunity to combine the warmth of a relaxing summer evening by the sea with the warmth and comfort of a caring community of all ages brought together by the shared philosophy of Humanistic Judaism.
Organized this year by the membership committee co-chaired by Mitch Tilkin and Myrna Retsky, they and other CHJ volunteers have been working on this event during the course of the summer to bring you another meaningful “Havdalah@ the Beach” experience.
Longer-term members hardly need an introduction to this event but for newer members who have never attended and prospective members considering attending please know that this free event is meant for all ages, with young families especially encouraged to attend. Various age appropriate activities are planned along with time for dinner and a Havdalah service.
CHJ members are encouraged to attend and where appropriate, to bring friends who may be looking for a Jewish community, a congregation that more aligns with their philosophy or, a source to provide a Humanistic Jewish education to their Sunday School-aged children. All are welcome.