A bar or bat mitzvah unlike any other

City Congregation has the meaningful and engaging bar or bat mitzvah experience your child deserves. Our individually tailored program gives secular Jewish teenagers a deep, personal, and lasting link to their heritage.

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Our services speak your language

Tradition and innovation go hand in hand at City Congregation’s joyful Friday evening Shabbat celebrations. Familiar melodies and values. Modern practices you can understand and stand behind. Plus fascinating cultural programs.

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Pass on your heritage and beliefs

At City Congregation's secular Jewish KidSchool, children learn a love of Jewish culture as well as the value of critical thinking in the pursuit of truth. Raise your kids to be part of an ancient civilization and the modern world at the same time.

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Holidays for secular Jews

Join us for beautiful and moving celebrations that express traditional holiday themes while honoring human reason and dignity. We combine familiar passages with innovative language for holidays everyone can share.

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Judaism for the way we live now

Beyond “just Jewish,” the Humanistic movement is an expression of secular Judaism that celebrates human reason and human judgment. It is the continuing evolution of the culture and practices that have sustained and uplifted the Jewish people for centuries.

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Welcome to The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, New York's home for secular and cultural Jews. Join a diverse and vibrant community where you can celebrate your heritage, refresh your spirit, and nourish your mind — without compromising your beliefs.

      Dec 7 Palliative Care and Decision Making in Advanced Illness

      Dr. Nathan Goldstein, associate professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and president of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in Manhattan, will discuss the role of palliative care and explain how it differs from end-of-life care, as well as how to have conversations with your doctor and your family about your health care decisions during serious medical illness.

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      Dec 12 Pre-Chanukah Service and Jewish Trivia

      Free pizza and latkes!!! Yum! Bring the kids. Chanukah Service with candle lighting and Chanukah songs. Be sure to bring your own menorah and candles, so we can light up the space! Our annual and lots-of-fun Trivia Night with Dan Wyman will follow, with pot luck desert.

      ***** A $10 donation would be much appreciated to help defray our costs for this special evening.

      Registration Required

      Dec 14 First Annual Holiday Craft Fair

      The City Congregation is hosting our First Annual City Congregation Craft Fair. This is the perfect opportunity to buy your Chanukah and Christmas gifts in one place! The Craft Fair will be held during the KidSchool Chanukah celebration.

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      Is City Congregation the right place for you?
      • Are you a humanist, freethinker, agnostic, or atheist?
      • Believe in a higher power but not traditional prayer?
      • Want to raise your kids Jewish but not religious?
      • Say what you believe and believe what you say
      • We embrace interfaith and multicultural families
      • An LGBT-friendly community