What we're about

Welcome! This group is for individuals and families who want to come together and celebrate Jewish holidays and events in a secular and cultural manner. I am starting this meetup group and plan to organize events because it is what I want to myself and my family. My husband and I discovered Humanistic Judaism years ago when we were planning our wedding. It was the perfect blend of cultural Judaism for me and rational thinking for him and it has worked well for us as we have grown our family. We belong to Beth Ami Colorado Congregation of Humanistic Judaism (also on meetup!) but the majority of events are in the Boulder area. I live in Highlands Ranch (South Denver) and would really like to have some events in this area with like minded individuals and families. Here is a little more about Humanistic Judaism:

Are you a secular Jew who wants to share Jewish culture and identity with your family? Do you want to enjoy Jewish holidays and celebrations without the supernatural underpinnings? Humanistic Judaism offers cultural and secular Jews a non-theistic alternative in contemporary Jewish life. It defines Judaism as the cultural and historical experience of the Jewish people.

Humanistic Judaism embraces a human-centered philosophy that combines rational thinking with a deep connection to the Jewish people and its culture. Humanistic Jews value their Jewish identity and the aspects of Judaism that offer a genuine expression of their contemporary way of life. Humanistic Jews celebrate Jewish holidays and life cycle events (such as weddings and bar and bat mitzvah) with inspirational ceremonies that draw upon but go beyond traditional symbols and liturgy.

And here is some information about our sponsoring community, Beth Ami Colorado Congregation for Humanistic Judaism:
Beth Ami provides a place where secular Jews can find a comfortable home. We appeal to those who respect and love our Jewish heritage and want to affiliate with others with similar viewpoints. We are Jews who want Jewish studies for our children and ourselves, who want to observe Jewish holidays, appreciate Jewish culture, and express a connection with the Jewish people and Israel in a non-theistic setting.

Beth Ami Colorado Congregation for Humanistic Judaism is a warm, welcoming community that gathers to deepen our connections to each other as well as embrace our shared Humanistic Jewish identity. We celebrate major holidays, Shabbat/Havdalah, and life cycle events, including baby namings, bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings and memorial services. For more information visit bethami.com.

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Havdalah - Humanistically

Online event

Beth Ami's brief Havdalah presentation will include readings from Dr. Malkin and share insights on his life from his daughter, Rabbi Sivan Maas of Israel.

Saturday Jan. 29 at 6 pm MT

Who is Dr Malkin and why should I care? I hear you ask.

The Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ) has chosen Yaakov Malkin (1926–2019) as the most recent Humanistic Jewish Role Model. Professor Malkin worked closely with Rabbi Sherwin Wine in the creation and international development of Humanistic Judaism in Israel and N. America.

Yaakov Malkin was the provost of Tmura, the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism based in Jerusalem. He was an educator, writer, literary critic, and professor emeritus in the Faculty of Arts at Tel Aviv University. Professor Malkin taught comparative literature, aesthetics, theater, and film criticism, and co-founded the Department for Cinema and Television at Tel Aviv University. He was a founder of the Jewish Center movement in Israel. He also founded and directed two Jewish-Arab community centers in Haifa, the first of their kind, and published several texts on community, education, and public speaking.

Hop into our Zoom to learn about and discuss the life of this interesting and influential person.

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This event is cross listed as a Beth Ami Colorado Congregation for Humanistic Judaism meetup.

Beth Ami is a welcoming community where we connect to Jewish past, celebrate Jewish present and link to Jewish future through a humanistic philosophy.

Let's do Jewish together - Humanistically!

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Tu B’Shevat - Sustainability and Humanistically

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