Intermarriage between someone who is not Jewish and someone who’s Jewish is good, period. Humanistic Judaism is the only Jewish denomination that can say so with no strings attached.
We celebrate love. All love. Our rabbis and celebrants do not have restrictions on the type of people for whom we will officiate at Humanistic Jewish lifecycle events.
We believe in full LGBTQ equality.
We believe that diversity is a positive value and a strength, whether racial, gender, financial, or neurodiversity.
Our inclusivity does not emerge from a need to make accommodation to demographic trends, it stems from our strongly-held convictions about full equality and the dignity of all people.
While we honor the Jewish past by learning about it and drawing any wisdom that can still inform our lives today, we also acknowledge that the Bible was written by men, in the Bronze Age, and they were wrong about lots of things.
By determining what is right for us today, we are not breaking with Judaism but rather continuing the ongoing Jewish tradition that’s existed for thousands of years, of grappling with what came before and modifying it to meet current interests and needs.
- Read our understanding of “Who is a Jew”
- Learn about our Cultural Conversion (Adoption) program
Judaism is always what the Jews make of it. By recognizing that Judaism has been a culture all along — by, for, and about people — we no longer need to claim a divine imprimatur to act on what we know is right. To some that might seem a radical inclusion. We just call it Humanistic Judaism.