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.

      Nov 7 & 9 This I Believe

      Shabbat Service Nov 7

      Adult Perspectives Nov 9

      Beginning in 1953 on Edward R. Murrow’s radio show, celebrities and ordinary people have participated in an extraordinary conversation about their core values. Continuing this program for the fifth year, a group of City Congregation members will offer their own three-minute reflections.

      The program will be moderated by Carol Sternhell, TCC member and professor at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

      On Nov. 7 join us following the Shabbat service and cultural program for pot-luck dessert. Childcare provided for children 11 and younger.

      This program will be repeated on Nov. 9 at our Adult Perspectives.

      Nov 9 Bar and Bat Mitzvah Year One Orientation

      Just thinking about the Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation process can feel overwhelming. Our parent orientation meeting is designed to help you feel excited about and well prepared for your child’s involvement in this rewarding milestone. We will review the eight steps your child will work on—Family History, Family and Personal Values, Beliefs, Hero/Role Model, Community Service, the Major Project, and Reflections. Also discussed will be the mentor matching process, financial commitment, and time frame. You will receive supportive documents and The Survival Guide, designed to answer questions about the process and the service itself.

      Registration Required

      Nov 21 Jews in the American Labor Movement

      Jews have long participated in the American labor movement by way of the socialist press, Workmen’s Circle, and the Communist Party. What’s the status of Jewish involvement in labor today?  

      Bennett Muraskin, adult education director for the Jewish Cultural School and Society in West Orange, NJ, will explore this critical chapter in Jewish American history. He is a regular columnist for Jewish Currents and Outlook magazines. 

      Our Shabbat services and cultural program will be followed by a pot-luck dessert. Childcare is provided for children 11 and younger.

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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