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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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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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.

      Oct. 19 Adult Perspectives

      Humanistic Judaism, Reconstructionism, and Ethical Culture: How are they similar? Where do they differ? Learn about these similar yet unique American-born philosophical/religious movements. What are their principles? What are their practices? What are their missions?

      Ed Klein, one of the founders of the Queens Community for Cultural Judaism and the Madrikh of the QCCJ and the Long Island Havurah for Humanistic Judaism, will explore these different ideas and unravel the differences. Ed is a longtime member of the Society for Humanistic Judaism and will celebrate his rabbinic ordination from the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism this November.

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      Oct. 24 Parenting Humanistically

      Is it easier to parent if God is part of the equation? Easier for whom? The kids or their parents?  If we don’t rely on the concept of a watchful God in our lives, how do we instill in our children a sense of accountability and conscience?  If we don’t rely on a caring God to help us through hard times, how do we teach coping skills?  If we don’t believe in a heaven and a world to come, what do we teach about death and dying? Also, as we raise our children with secular humanistic values, how do we prepare them to go out into a world that is permeated by religious culture and language?

      This interactive program will be led by City Congregation member Jennifer Naparstek Klein, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist practicing in Bronxville, NY, specializing in child and family psychology.

      This Shabbat will be celebrated at the Society for Advancement of Judaism (SAJ) on the Upper West Side.

      Oct. 26 Satmar Williamsburg: An Insider’s Tour

      Frieda Vizel, a licensed New York City tour guide, will lead a small group tour of Satmar Williamsburg for The City Congregation. Frieda, a former member of the Satmar community, has intimate knowledge of this group of Hasidism.

      On this 2 ½ hour walking tour, we will learn about the history of the Satmar Hasidism, how and why they came to Williamsburg, their lifecycle events, and much more. There will be ample time to ask questions and have conversation.

      Our first fundraiser of the year, this tour is limited to 15 people.

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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