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.

Join with us at the People’s Climate march!

The City Congregation has signed on as a participatory organization and we look forward to marching in strength together as a community. Details will come later, but for now, sign up to indicate that you are saving the date and intend to join us on the People’s Climate March.

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High Holidays 2014
Sept 25, Oct 3 & 4

Join us for beautiful and moving services of music and contemplation that express traditional Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur themes while honoring human reason and human dignity. Our observances combine familiar passages with innovative language so that cultural Jews can mark these holidays in a way that is consistent with humanistic beliefs.

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Fall Open Houses 2014
Sept 7, 10 & 14

Want to learn more about The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism? What do children learn in our school and bar and bat mitzvah program? Come meet Rabbi Peter Schweitzer, chat with City Congregation members, and learn how Humanistic Judaism helps Jews maintain their Jewish identity.

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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