Zoom opens at 6:30pm just to kibbutz. At 7pm we light candles with a short service. We listen to music and short lectures. Watch for the Zoom link on the listserv Friday afternoon.
As a member of local community and religious groups whose goals and values we share, we volunteer where help is needed.
The shofar is heard at CHJ Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Family Services.
Celebrating nature at the Tu B’Shvat seder is a joyous event filled with music and good food.
Members all play a role in making the congregation work. Read about how CHJ is organized.
We are pleased to present our High Holiday services this year in person atThe Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport, 10 Lyons PlainsRoad, Westport, CT. In addition, we will offer a live stream of our serviceson YouTube. Both the in-person and live-streamed services are open to all,free of charge. CHJ celebrates Rosh Hashanah and Yom… Read More
Sukkot is a fall harvest festival. It is a time for family and CHJ friends to hang out under the sukkah. Children and adults bring harvest items to build and decorate the sukkah. A list of suggested items include: Gourds, Apples, Vines, Mums, Corn Husks, Hand-made Crafts. It is a joyous family event, especially… Read More
Humanistic Judaism offers contemporary Jews an alternative to theistic-based branches of Judaism. At the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ), our services and programs embrace Jewish historical and cultural traditions and its ethical values as applicable to our secular humanistic worldview. In our services, and especially on the High Holidays, we celebrate our Jewish identity while… Read More
Thank you, all CHJ members, for giving me the opportunity to serve as your President. I promise to do my very best to meet your needs. Also, thank you, CHJ’ers, for enriching my life, and for your friendship in difficult times over the past >17 years. CHJ has given me the opportunity to celebrate being Jewish, to enjoy being Jewish, to share being Jewish, to learn more about being Jewish, and to support social/environmental goals. There are as many ways to do these things as there are members of CHJ.
Under the guidance of Steve Getz who is now Immediate Past President, the CHJ Board held special extra meetings over the last year to work on a project Steve called “Envisioning CHJ.” This initiative was successful in many ways. It reconfirmed our commitment to the goals in the bylaws. It achieved the financial review required by the bylaws. It enabled us to update our insurance contract. And it will be ongoing, because it generated a list of multiple ways in which we can act to make sure CHJ can thrive in the future. Among other ideas that have now been implemented is the renewed commitment to the B’nai Mitzvah program. We also had not one but two Havdalahs on the beach last summer. Friday evening programming and Sunday morning Jewish Journeys continue. I am convinced that the more that we enjoy what we do in CHJ, the stronger CHJ will be. Read More