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Society for Humansitic Judaism
Resources for Celebrating Jewish Holidays

Guide to Humanistic Judaism, Society for Humanistic Judaism, 1993. The Guide features encyclopedia-like entries on the philosophy and practice of Humanistic Judaism, including information about holiday and life cycle celebrations.

Judaism Beyond God, by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine, (KTAV, Society for Humanistic Judaism 1995). This book discusses humanistic celebrations as well as the many aspects of living a Humanistic Jewish life.

Judaism in a Secular Age, edited by Renee Kogel & Zev Katz, KTAV & International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, 1995. A source book for the original writings of the secular voices the Enlightenment allowed to be heard. Included are Baruch Spinoza, Theodore Herzl, Mordecai Kaplan, Ahad Ha-am, Simon Dubnow, Hannah Arendt, Yehuda Amichai and many others.

Holiday Resource Kits. Our holiday kits are designed for families and communities to enrich their celebration of the Jewish holidays. Each kit includes the story of the holiday, celebrations, a children's section with stories and arts and crafts activities, recipes, and songs. Kits are available for:

The High Holidays
Tu Bi-Shevat

Shabbat Commentaries and Torah Commentaries, by Albert L. Reiner. Two collections of Shabbat presentations on the Torah. Rather than viewing belief in God, practice of ritual, or observance of halakha as the sine qua non of Jewishness, these presentations view Torah as a source of the ideals, humanity, and idiom that are our heritage.

The High Holidays, Humanistic Judaism, Summer 1986, Volume XIV, Number II. This manual for celebrating the High Holidays humanistically presents a short history of the High Holidays and offers ideas for celebrating as a family, with children, and in your Humanistic community.

The Jewish New Year Festival, by Hershl Hartman
This "guide for the rest of us" - those of us who claim a secular, ethnic Jewish identity - explores the dilemma of how to deal with the High Holidays in a meaningful way if you don't pray.

Apples & Honey. Music and Readings for a Secular Humanistic Observance of the Jewish New Year Festival edited by Julie Gales & Pat Martz Highly readable, well-organized information on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Provides history, readings, and songs for inclusion in Secular Humanistic New Year celebrations.

A Hanukka Manual, Humanistic Judaism, Autumn 1983, Volume XI, Number III. This manual for celebrating Hanukka humanistically presents the real story of Hanukka and offers some modern celebrations of Hanukka that will have lasting meaning for Humanistic Jews.

The Hanukka Festival, by Hershl Hartman. A "guide for the rest of us" - those who identify with Jewish culture - imparts a factual understanding of the festival's origins and traditions so it may be celebrated meaningfully and joyously in its own right.

Tu Bi-Shevat: The Jewish Earth Day, Humanistic Judaism, Winter 1993, Volume XXI, Number 1. This celebrational journal issue offers a guide to a humanistic celebration of Tu Bi' Shevat. Included are celebrations and stories, historical information, and earth-friendly ideas.

50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth by the EarthWorks Group (Andrews and McMeel, 1994).

Purim, Humanistic Judaism, Winter 1992, Volume XX, Number I. The Purim manual offers a guide to celebrating humanistically. Included are a history, celebrations, and more.

Passover, Humanistic Judaism, Winter 1984, Volume XII, Number IV. This manual presents the story of Passover, relating it to the many journeys to freedom taken by the Jewish  people throughout their history, and offers suggestions for creating your own meaningful humanistic seder.




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