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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.
Nov 28-Dec 5
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.
SHJ Joins the world in remembering Nelson Mandela
We honor the wisdom and courage he exemplified in his lessons for leadership:
1. Courage is not the absence of fear — it's inspiring others to move beyond it.
2. Lead from the front — but don't leave your base behind.
3. Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.
4. Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport.
5. Keep your friends close — and your rivals even closer.
6. Appearances matter — and remember to smile.
7. Nothing is black or white.
8. Quitting is leading too.