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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.
Kol Nidre Friday, October 3rd at 7:30 PM
Yom Kippur Saturday October 4th at 10:30 AM
Reduced prices for students and the children's service, Register here.
Humanistic Jews observe Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, as a time for self-reflection and self-examination. Traditionally a period of divine judgment and divine terror, the Days of Awe are for us a powerful opportunity for assessment, repair, change, and growth. Services are led byRabbi Peter Schweitzer with participatory readings from members and are followed by an optional community meal. Get registration information about our Sept. 25, 2014 Rosh Hashanah program. Read a passage from our secular Rosh Hashanah service. Print a booklet of our secular Rosh Hashanah blessings for use at home.
There will be an optional, informal community meal, organized by a City Congregation member, at a local restaurant. This is available to anyone who is interested in attending. Learn more and sign up.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is traditionally a time for confessing sins and seeking repentance. In Humanistic Judaism, Yom Kippur guides us to seek and offer forgiveness among ourselves. In recognizing the wrongs we have done and confessing before one another we affirm our belief in human responsibility for our own lives, behavior, and future. Our Yom Kippur observances also include the personal reflections of members who are chosen to prepare presentations on a relevant theme. Past subjects have included tolerance, skepticism, memory, anger, and forgiveness. Also on Yom Kippur all members and guests are invited to speak aloud the names of their deceased loved ones for a moving memorial service and the recitation of a modern secular kaddish. Get registration information about our Oct. 4, 2014 Yom Kippur program. Read a passage from our secular Yom Kippur service.
The services honored what I honored and didn't sound one false note. And the communal meal and conversations afterward have especially made the holidays something to look forward to. — Claire
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The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
The City Congregation is a diverse and welcoming community serving secular and cultural Jews throughout the New York City area.