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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.
former Israeli cabinet member,
leader of left-wing Meretz Party
and champion of civil liberties
May her example be an inspiration to us all.