Your donation helps strengthen Humanistic Judaism

Private philanthropy facilitates our ability to carry out our vital mission. Your commitment supports programs for Humanistic Jewish congregations, families, and individuals, young and old, providing a meaningful option for cultural, secular and Humanistic Jews.  If you are already a member of a local SHJ-affiliated congregation (see list here), you are also automatically a member of SHJ nationally and we thank you for any additional contributions you might make to SHJ below. 


Become an Independent Member of SHJ

If you are not a member and do not live near one of our affiliated congregations, you can become an independent member for $95/year by completing this form (discounts for students), or by making a gift of $95 or higher on the donate page linked to below. 


The Society’s key programs and services that benefit from your contribution include:


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  • Serving the unaffiliated or marginalized;
  • Creating SHJ communities, congregations, and havurot and providing programs and resources for them;
  • Training for rabbis, leaders, and educators;
  • Creating programs and resources for teens and college students;
  • Providing a connection to Israel;
  • Connecting us with Humanistic Jews across North America and around the world;
  • Publishing the magazine Humanistic Judaism and online newsletters;
  • Sharing curricula and offering teacher-training;
  • Offering seminars, conferences, and colloquia;
  • Acting as a voice for the values and beliefs of Humanistic Jews.


Make a gift to support the Society for Humanistic Judaism today. A contribution in any amount is deeply appreciated.


If you live outside the United States and would like to make a donation, please contact the SHJ.


The Society for Humanistic Judaism is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law.


Note: IRA Charitable distribution now permanent

Donors 70 ½ and older may transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to qualified 501(c)(3) charities such as the Society for Humanistic Judaism as part of the donor’s required minimum distribution. The law, which first passed in January 2014, was passed permanently in 2015 through the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. Rollover distributions are not “tax deductible” per se — rollover contributions are excluded from taxable income.


GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Award Winner

We have been honored with one of the first Top-Rated Awards of 2019 from GreatNonprofits! We appreciate all of your contributions!  Read inspiring stories about SHJ, and add your own here.



GuideStar Silver Participant

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The Society for Humanistic Judaism has been recognized as a GuideStar Silver Level Participant. GuideStar connects donors and grant makers to non-profit organizations.  GuideStar’s mission is to revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.



SHJ Awarded Seal of Excellence


The Society for Humanistic Judaism has received the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence. This seal is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed government these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.


Plan for the Future – Join SHJ’s Heritage Circle

Humanistic Judaism is built on Jewish traditions: culture, values, holiday and life-cycle celebrations, community, and learning. You can help carry on these traditions and ensure the future of Humanistic Judaism by joining the SHJ’s Heritage Circle. Include the Society for Humanistic Judaism in your estate plan. We would be pleased to discuss ways in which you can have a lasting impact on the future. You can name the Society for Humanistic Judaism in your will. Other ways include participating in the Society’s charitable gift annuity, creation of a charitable remainder trust, gifts of life insurance, creation of a living trust, income gifts and a variety of tax-saving gift opportunities.


Contact us today for more information about joining the Heritage Circle.


cfcDonate to the SHJ through the annual Combined Federal Campaign if YOU work for the U.S. government or are in the U.S. military

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the Federal government’s annual charity workplace campaign, encourages Federal employees, including civilian, postal, and military employees, to support charities that improve our quality of life. For nearly a decade, the Society for Humanistic Judaism has received donations through the CFC that benefit our programs and initiatives. Please search for the Society for Humanistic Judaism, CFC#12504 on your CFC Charity List, and support the cultural programs that provide a meaningful Jewish community for cultural, secular and Humanistic Jews.


Thank you for your support!


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