“We believe that it is human beings who have the responsibility for solving human problems. We are committed, in the enduring Jewish tradition of support for social action and social progress, to community service and actions for social justice. We each take responsibility for our own behavior, and all of us take collective responsibility for the state of our world.” —Society for Humanistic Judaism, Core Principles, October, 1999
Humanistic Jews believe that we are our behavior; that words without corresponding behavior do not have integrity.
To this end, SHJ and our affiliated communities regularly participate in a myriad of local projects that provide support for immigrants, refugees, and the homeless; stock food pantries; organize blood drives; raise money for medical research and social service agencies; train for and provide voter registration, raise awareness of social injustice, and address a wide variety of other social issues and community needs.
We enjoy the collective spirit of group community service and know that we accomplish much more when we come together as a force for tikkun olam (improving the world).
The below posts describe some of the community service our members and volunteers conduct: