The following list is compiled by James M. Branum as a supplement to our quarterly community news section in Humanistic Judaism magazine. The information from the list is taken from congregational newsletters, websites, and social media. All events are happening in the month of July 2022. For online events, please check with the congregation to see if events are open to members only or if they are open to the public at large. All dates and times listed below are based on local time zones, so if attending remotely, please double-check the time.
From our congregations:
AZ, Phoenix –Or Adam Congregation for Humanistic Judaism is having its regular current events discussion from 7-9 pm on July 15.
AZ, Tucson – Secular Humanist Jewish Circle will be hosting “Kent’s Salon,” a discussion of current events, at 1 pm on July 24th via zoom.
CA, Berkeley – Kol Hadash, Northern California Congregation for Humanistic via zoom at 2 pm on July 18 to discuss the book Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man who rescued a million Yiddish books by Aaron Lansky. — Also, the monthly Cultural Literacy for Religion class (taught by Professor Mark Berkson of Hamline University) will be looking at the “Five Pillars of Islam” via zoom on July 24 at pm.
CA, Encino – Adat Chaverim, Congregation for Humanistic Judaism will be having “Shabbat and a movie” via zoom from 6-8 pm on July 22.
CA, Orange County – Pacific Community of Cultural Jews will be having their “Philosopher’s Café” (a friendly discussion group) on July 8th at 7:30 pm. Please RSVP to jrbythec(at)aol.com if you plan to attend.
CO, Boulder – Beth Ami, Colorado Congregation for Humanistic Judaism will be discussing “Shabbat and Democratic values: What is patriotism for Humanistic Jews” at 6 pm on July 8th via zoom. — There will also be a Shabbat hike from 9-11 am on July 23rd starting from the Flatirons Vista trailhead in South Boulder.
CT, Fairfield County – Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Fairfield County will be celebrating Havdalah at Compo Beach in Westport on July 9th at 6 pm. Both members and non-members are welcome.
DC, Washington – Machar, The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism is having a Community Picnic Brunch from 10 am-1 pm on July 10th at Cabin John Regional Park. — Machar is also having a “Game Day for All Ages” from 11 am-3 pm on Sunday, July 25th at the Washington D.C. Table Tennis Center.
FL, Boca Raton – Congregation Beth Adam, South Florida Center for Humanistic Judaism will be hosting a community Shabbat celebration on July 15 from 6-8 pm at the South County Civic Center (16700 Jog Rd, Delray Beach, FL).
IL, Deerfield – Beth Chaverim Humanistic Jewish Community – The book club will be discussing Ridley Road by Jo Bloom at its regular zoom meeting on July 18th.
IL, Deerfield – Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation Paul Golin (SHJ Executive Director) will be speaking in-person at the Shabbat service on the theme of “Present and future challenges of Humanistic Judaism” on July 15 from 7:30-9 p.m.
MA, Boston – Kahal B’raira, Congregation for Humanistic Judaism is hosting their summer BBQ on July 10 from 11 am-2 pm.
MD, Baltimore – Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah is having an outdoor picnic and short hike in the Patapasco State Park, Hilton Area on July 10 from 5-7 pm.
MI, Detroit – Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Metro Detroit Rabbi Falick will be speaking about “What’s next for reproductive rights” as part of the July 8 service at 7 pm (both in-person and via zoom)
MN, Minneapolis – Or Emet, Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism is celebrating Havdalah with a picnic, on July 30 from 4-7 pm at Crosby Farm Regional Park (2595 Crosby Farm Rd, St Paul, MN)
NC, Asheville – Jewish Secular Community of Asheville will be discussing the book Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland on July 28 at 3:30 pm via zoom.
NY, New York – The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism the rabbi’s half-hour online class “Reading Biblical Stories through a Humanistic lens” is happening at 10:30 am on Tuesdays (July 5, 12, 19, and 26) and on Thursdays (July 7, 14, 21, and 28).
NY, Westchester County – Westchester Community for Humanistic Judaism is working with the Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration (WJCJ) in providing support for Ukrainian refugees who may be coming to the US soon. If you can help in this effort, contact info(at)wjci.org
OR, Portland – Kol Shalom, Community for Humanistic Judaism is holding its monthly online Shabbat service on July 22 at 5 p.m.
Canada, Toronto – Oraynu Congregation — Ron Gomes Caseres will be presenting “Armchair travel: A journey through Curacao’s Jewish History” via zoom at 7:30 pm on July 27th.
Online (EST-based) The Spinoza Havurah * will be having its regular zoom Shabbat services on July 9 and 23 at 10 am. All are welcome.
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