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The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism provides a welcoming, diverse community for cultural and secular Jews where we can celebrate and preserve our Jewish identity. As Humanistic Jews we rely on reason, inner strength, and the support of community to face life's challenges and collectively improve the world. We welcome everyone: families, singles, unaffiliated Jews, intermarried or interfaith families, single parent families, LGBT community, atheists, and agnostics. All are welcome here. Together, we celebrate our Jewish heritage in humanistic ceremonies such as the High Holidays, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, Shabbat, and many others.

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Open House

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Judaism for the Way We Live Now Find out about our community, our philosophy, and how Humanistic Judaism appeals to secular cultural Jews. Open House is open to all – for those with or without children.

Talmud for Secular Jews

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What is the Talmud? The Talmud, a central Jewish text, is one of the most absorbing and challenging religious reference books in the world. It is the source from which the code of Jewish Halakhah (law) is derived. It is made up of the Mishnah and the Gemara. The Mishnah is the original written version of the oral law and the Gemara is the record of the rabbinic discussions following this writing down. It includes the rabbis’ differences of opinions, and covers ethics, philosophy and customs of ancient civilizations. * From a cultural perspective. The adjudication of interpersonal disputes provides context for understanding the ancient civilization, Jewish and gentile. It provides background that helps us understand the origins of man-made laws governing Jewish rituals which exist today, as well as providing guidelines for living meaningful lives. By studying Talmud, we develop the ability to dissect what it means to be Jewish today. Talmud popularizer, Adam Kirsch, has provided an important source for browsing typical topics and discussions. Connect to his archive at https://www.tabletmag.com/tag/daf-yomi Check out up to two sessions: no fee, no obligation. Further classes require formal association with The City Congregation. Classes are held in member homes in Brooklyn and Manhattan. For more details, write: Michael Witkin at [masked] “…my Talmud study was an engaging session with an intellectually curious group, and a clearly experienced and knowledgeable teacher. As a law student, I appreciated the discussion and found it very thought provoking. It’s also a great way to connect further with fellow members and non-members.” Rachel Manning, member,[masked] http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/judaism/texts/talmud.shtml

Shabbat Service and Cultural Program

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Holocaust and Memory Natalia Aleksiun, Ph.D. Dr. Natalia Aleksiun is the Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Touro College. She has doctorates from Warsaw University and New York University. She has published extensively on the Holocaust and is currently working on a project exploring the daily lives of Jews in hiding in Galicia. On this Yom Hashoah Dr. Aleksiun will talk to us about Holocaust and memory. Stick around after the service and program for pot luck desserts and schmoozing. We’ll provide wine, soft drinks, coffee and tea. RSVP required at https://citycongregation.org/events/shabbat-service-and-cultural-program-10/

Talmud for Secular Jews

Needs a location

What is the Talmud? The Talmud, a central Jewish text, is one of the most absorbing and challenging religious reference books in the world. It is the source from which the code of Jewish Halakhah (law) is derived. It is made up of the Mishnah and the Gemara. The Mishnah is the original written version of the oral law and the Gemara is the record of the rabbinic discussions following this writing down. It includes the rabbis’ differences of opinions, and covers ethics, philosophy and customs of ancient civilizations. * From a cultural perspective. The adjudication of interpersonal disputes provides context for understanding the ancient civilization, Jewish and gentile. It provides background that helps us understand the origins of man-made laws governing Jewish rituals which exist today, as well as providing guidelines for living meaningful lives. By studying Talmud, we develop the ability to dissect what it means to be Jewish today. Talmud popularizer, Adam Kirsch, has provided an important source for browsing typical topics and discussions. Connect to his archive at https://www.tabletmag.com/tag/daf-yomi Check out up to two sessions: no fee, no obligation. Further classes require formal association with The City Congregation. Classes are held in member homes in Brooklyn and Manhattan. For more details, write: Michael Witkin at [masked] “…my Talmud study was an engaging session with an intellectually curious group, and a clearly experienced and knowledgeable teacher. As a law student, I appreciated the discussion and found it very thought provoking. It’s also a great way to connect further with fellow members and non-members.” Rachel Manning, member,[masked] http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/judaism/texts/talmud.shtml

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KidSchool Model Seder

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