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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.
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.
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.