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.
The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ) is a welcoming, supportive community, serving Fairfield County since 1967, for secular Jews and their families to affirm, celebrate, and enrich Jewish identity and values. CHJ believes in personal responsibility to fulfill the Jewish ideals of loving-kindness, justice, and good deeds. History In 1963, Rabbi Sherwin Wine, originally ordained… Read More
For over six decades, the CHJ’s bar and bat mitzvah program has offered highly meaningful opportunities for secular Jewish families to celebrate a traditional milestone in their children’s lives while remaining faithful to their humanistic beliefs and values. Uniquely tailored to the interests of the student and family, the mitzvah program allows each young participant… 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 in the past 5 months 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 will also have not one but two Havdalahs on the beach this summer. We will continue Friday evening programming through the summer… no more “school year only” schedule. Other plans are in the works…The Board will hold regular meetings in the summer months, and I will update the congregation in the President’s letter. I am convinced that the more that we enjoy what we do in CHJ, the stronger CHJ will be. Read More