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Message from the President of CHJ

As a congregation, we have decided to tackle the difficult issues of Israel and antisemitism, which are intertwined. Our positions fall across the spectrum and are often at odds, but we share a desire for facts in context and education. We also share humanistic values, which cause us to care about the dignity of all people, whether they are Israelis or Palestinians, or other members of our Congregation.


This combination of intellectual discipline and compassion came across in our initial discussions. Members were asking for more detail and choosing their words carefully to maintain an environment of mutual respect. I am proud and honored to be part of this group, having reasoned and balanced conversations about volatile and emotional issues.


The more difficult discussions lie ahead, however. We have only begun to explore how we want to educate ourselves and vet our feelings. As humanists we look to facts, reason, and each other in the face of difficult situations. Remembering these principles, we can let down our guard with each other. Instead of defending our own positions, we can refocus our energies on empathizing with the experiences and positions of others.


Initial discussions show signs of this constructive attitude and earnest search for answers. The results of the recent survey of our members indicate that we all want a deeper understanding of the facts and issues and want to talk with each other about what we are feeling. Further discussions will bring us together and satisfy our need to address the troubling headlines we read daily.


Please join me in the hard work of educating ourselves and addressing these issues in a humanistic way.

Steve Ulman


What's Happening

Sat Dec 20, 10:00 am
Book Club -A Tale for the Time Being
Home of Libby Miller
Sun Dec 21, 9:30 am -11:45 am
Sunday School/Adult Ed- Jewish Genetics
Bedford Middle School 88 North Ave. Westport
Sat Dec 27, 10:00 am
Women's Rap
Home of Mona Unser
Sun Dec 28, 9:30 am
Men's Rap
Home of David Shafer
Sat Jan 10, 7:00 pm
Pizza and Movie Night
Home of the Ulmans
Sun Jan 11, 9:30 am -11:45 am
Sunday School and Adult Ed
Bedford Middle School 88 North Ave., Westport
Sat Jan 17, 10:00 am
Book Group -A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
Home of Joann Heimann
Sun Jan 25, 9:30 am -12:30 pm
Sunday School/Mitzvah Day /Adult Ed
Bedford Middle School 88 North Ave. Westport
Sat Jan 31, 10:00 am
Women's Rap
Location TBD
Sat Jan 31, 6:00 pm
Tu B'Shvat Seder
Southport Congregational Church 524 Pequot Ave, Southport
Sun Feb 01, 9:30 am -11:45 am
Sunday School and Adult Ed
Bedford Middle School 88 North Ave., Westport
Sat Feb 07, 6:00 pm
Darwin Day Dinner Celebration
Norwalk Inn & Conference Center, 99 East Ave.,Norwalk
Sun Feb 08, 9:30 am -11:45 pm
Sunday School and Board Meeting
Bedford Middle School 88 North Ave., Westport
Fri Feb 20, 7:00 pm
Wine Tasting
Location TBD
Sat Feb 21, 10:00 am
Book Group- All the Light We Cannot See
Home of Ilene Ginsburg
Sat Feb 28, 10:00 am
Women's Rap
Location TBD