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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 worldwide movement.


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Humanistic Jews value their Jewish identity and the aspects of Jewish culture that offer a genuine expression of their contemporary way of life.


Humanistic Jewish communities celebrate Jewish holidays and life cycle events (such as weddings and bar and bat mitzvah) with inspirational ceremonies that draw upon but go beyond traditional literature.

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.

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.

SHJ Condemns Horrific Shooting at Kansas JCC

We mourn the victims of the tragic shooting on Sunday, April 13, at the Overland Park, Kansas Jewish Community Center and Senior Center. Not only is this an act of unspeakable horror and antisemitism, but this senseless shooting further demonstrates the need for us to come together to prevent such horrific gun violence. We offer our sympathy to the families and the community in their time of sorrow.

Humanistic Jews Support Women’s Health Care in Hobby Lobby & Conestoga Wood Specialties Supreme Court Cases

The Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ) has joined other secular and religious organizations in supporting women’s right to contraceptive care under the Affordable Care Act. The SHJ joined the Anti-Defamation League and a broad spectrum of religious organizations in filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of the government in the cases of Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby and Sebelius vs. Conestoga Wood Specialties. The SHJ also joined more than 40 fellow member organizations of the Coalition for Liberty & Justice in a statement denouncing discrimination and supporting real religious liberty for all.


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