What we're about

Humanistic Judaism is coming to the Gainesville area. The Humanistic Judaism movement combines attachment to Jewish identity and culture with a human-centered approach to life. It affirms that human beings are independent of supernatural authority and responsible for themselves. Humanistic Jews are committed to freedom, dignity, and self-esteem. At meetings, we discuss the philosophy of Humanistic Judaism, adapt Jewish traditions for those whose needs are not being fully met by other Jewish institutions, and identify opportunities to support social justice. Meetings provide opportunities to meet other atheist, agnostic, secular humanistic and questioning Jews and to exchange experiences as Jews with humanistic values.

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Muslim and Jewish? The Jewish Heritage of Muslims in Africa

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Humanistic Judaism defines a Jew as a person of Jewish descent or any person who declares himself or herself to be a Jew and who identifies with the history, ethical values, culture, civilization, community, and fate of the Jewish people. In North and Sub-Saharan Africa, many practicing Muslims are the descendants of Jews who converted, either on their own or under duress, from 150-1,000 years ago. Some of them, such as those living in Timbuktu Mali, celebrate their Jewish ancestry, while others, such as those in Morocco, socialize among themselves but do not admit their Jewish heritage publicly. Rick Gold, who lived in Mali and Morocco and met Muslim descendants of Jews, will lead a discussion on the contributions these groups are making to current perspectives on Jewish identity.

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Celebrating Hanukkah without Myth

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