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We welcome all who are interested in Jewish history, culture, and tradition independent of supernatural explanations. We believe human beings are responsible for their own choices and making the world a better place through science and reason. Join us for discussions, lectures, cultural events, and holiday celebrations using a Humanistic lens. Questions? Contact us at hjtbinfo at gmail dot com.

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Humanistic Jewish High Holiday Services-September 2020-What's happening & where?

.The Humanistic Jews of Tampa Bay (HJTB) have collaborated with sister communities in Florida to offer several opportunities for you to experience the High Holidays humanistically. We have joined with the Gainesville Humanistic Judaism group and Congregation Beth Adam in Boca Raton to share in each other’s “live” celebrations. Beth Adam will be conducting five services (two Rosh Hashanah, three Yom Kippur) and Gainesville will conduct an afternoon Rosh Hashanah service. HJTB is also participating with the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Sarasota. Their services will be pre-recorded and available for viewing. We will provide more information on these services and how to attend in an upcoming notice. HJTB will be conducting a special Yom Kippur Service on Sunday afternoon, September 27 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. While we will have some traditional readings, HJTB will focus our celebration on the theme of connection. We will explore how we connect to the holiday, to our Jewishness, to our past and to our future – and, most importantly, how we connect with each other. And we connect with each other through the sharing of our stories, by opening up a part of ourselves to others so that we may all see how much alike we are, not how different. Stay tuned for more information on how you can actively participate in HJTB’s Yom Kippur service!

REMINDER-REGISTER FOR OUR HUMANISTIC YOM KIPPUR SERVICE-SEPT 27-2:00 PM EDT

Have you ever celebrated the Jewish High Holidays humanistically? If not, we hope you will join us for a most unique experience. If you are familiar with Humanistic Jewish High Holidays, please join us to participate in a slightly different approach to the Yom Kippur Service. HJTB will be conducting a special Yom Kippur Service on Sunday afternoon, September 27 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. While we will have some traditional readings, HJTB will focus our celebration on the theme of connection. We will explore how we connect to the holiday, to our Jewishness, to our past and to our future – and, most importantly, how we connect with each other. And we connect with each other through the sharing of our stories, by opening up a part of ourselves to others so that we may all see how much alike we are, not how different. We want to hear from you. Will you share a few minutes telling us what Yom Kippur means to you or talk about a special Yom Kippur you remember? There will also be a portion of the service devoted to “Remembrance” or Nizkor-“Let us remember”. There will be time set aside for you to share your memories of a person who has died and the significance of that person in your life. There are three ways for you to let us know in which commentary section (Yom Kippur or Remembrance) you would like to participate. 1) Send us a quick email at [masked]. 2) Go to the Comments section of our Meetup group and tell us there. 3) Use Contact Organizers to Message us directly. Please keep your commentary to about three minutes. Our community will bond and grow through shared experiences. We hope you will join us on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT. You must register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpdO6spzsoHdHprrvZhctqGE5t8AWLDSut After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We hope you will join us for this unique way to celebrate Yom Kippur humanistically.

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