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About the Society for Humanistic Judaism

The Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ) is the congregational and community-organizing arm of the Humanistic Jewish movement in North America.

SHJ offers a way to celebrate Jewish life for those who identify as cultural, secular, humanistic, atheist/agnostic/freethinker, “just Jewish,” “spiritual not religious,” “recovering from religion,” Jew-ish, Jew-curious, part-Jewish…and our friends, family, and allies.

Established in 1969, SHJ is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has helped tens of thousands of households across multiple generations find meaning in Jewish culture, holiday celebrations, lifecycle events, ritual, and community.

We welcome all who are interested in exploring an interest in Secular Humanistic Judaism.

On this website you can learn how SHJ:

You can also connect with us on our Facebook page and Facebook group, Twitter, and YouTube.


More About Us

  • Mission Statement: Our purpose as an organization and our core principles.
  • Calendar: Upcoming events, presentation, and meetings.
  • Opportunities: Come work or volunteer for SHJ and help grow our movement!
  • Support Our Work: As a non-profit organization we rely on generous donors and members.

Who We Are

  • Board of Directors: Volunteer leaders and designated representatives of affiliated congregations.
  • Staff: Meet the folks working to keep our movement moving.
  • Contact Us: Phone, address, email, be in touch!
This is for YOU: Join the Movement
Proud to be Jewish/part of a Jewish family — yet not comfortable with religion? Welcome to the majority! Most Jews do not believe in God as described by the Bible. Secular Humanistic Judaism is honest about it.

We keep the best parts of Judaism — meaningful lifecycle events, rituals to foster connectedness to the natural universe and to humankind, learning, laughter, ethics, holiday celebrations, and so much more — while only ever saying what we believe and never saying what we don’t believe.

Become a part of this honest expression of Judaism that has worked for tens of thousands of households over the past 50 years, and help amplify Humanistic Judaism’s voice to 21st Century Jewry and the world.

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