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Welcome to the
Society for Humanistic Judaism
Humanistic Judaism embraces a human-centered philosophy that combines
the celebration of Jewish culture and identity with an adherence to
humanistic values and ideas. Humanistic Judaism offers a nontheistic
alternative in contemporary Jewish life. Established by Rabbi
Sherwin T. Wine in 1963 in Detroit, Michigan, to provide a home for humanistic, secular, and cultural Jews, Humanistic Judaism is a
Humanistic Jews value their Jewish
identity and the aspects of Jewish culture that offer a genuine expression of their
contemporary way of life.
Nov 28-Dec 5
The Society for Humanistic Judaism was organized in 1969. The Society's mission is to
mobilize people to celebrate Jewish identity and culture consistent with a humanistic
philosophy of life, independent of supernatural authority. As the central body for the Humanistic Jewish
Movement in North America, the Society assists in organizing new communities, supporting
its member communities, and in providing a voice for Humanistic Jews.
Our thoughts are with all those struggling to recover from the devastation in Oklahoma
Please support the Jewish Federation Oklahoma Tornado recovery fund.
The Society gathers and creates educational and programmatic materials, including
holiday and life cycle celebrations. It sponsors training programs and conferences for its members. HuJews, the Humanistic
Youth Group, offers programs for teens and young adults, including an annual
conclave. The Society for Humanistic Judaism publishes a
quarterly topical journal, Humanistic Judaism,
available to its members and by subscription.
Our Hearts and Thoughts Go Out to the Boston Marathon Bombing Victims
Our hearts and thoughts are with the people of Boston in the wake of the Marathon bombing. We all share the pain and heatbreak of those experiencing this horrific act. We send our condolences to those who suffered losses in this terrible attack. May we be there for one another providing comfort and support as we face the reality of this senseless act of violence.
SHJ Joins Humanists
Voicing Need for Inclusivity in Community-Wide Healing Services
The Society for Humanistic Judaism has joined with other Humanist and secular organizations in efforts to ensure that future gatherings like the Interfaith Healing Service after the Boston Marathon bombing include all Americans.
SHJ Supports Ban on Assault Rifles
The Society for Humanistic Judaism, urges support for federal legislation banning assault rifles and high capacity magazines as well as increased efforts to prevent people from buying guns through unlicensed dealers without a background check.
We also ask that individuals boycott retailers that sell assault rifles and high capacity magazines