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The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of non-theistic humanism.
CDHS is a member organization for individuals who share humanist values and who reside in the Capital District region of New York State and neighboring areas. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.
The Society provides various activities including monthly speakers, socials, book discussions, and a newsletter.
For more information please see our website: humanistsociety.net
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- What is Humanistic Judaism?Link visible for attendees
Most Jews in the United States don’t believe in the God of the Bible, yet still consider themselves Jewish. How does this work? We’ll talk about the trend in general, then focus on how Humanistic Judaism offers a non-theistic alternative to contemporary branches of Judaism, by defining Judaism as the cultural and historical experience of the Jewish people and removing God and the supernatural from holiday and lifecycle rituals.
We will also discuss wider implications for secular and humanistic people of all backgrounds, such as acknowledging the familial and cultural pull toward tradition and history; the benefits and pitfalls of ethnic and cultural identity that may continue after secularization; how rituals can enhance life; and what meaning might still be found in religious practices or teachings. Must secular people reject traditional religion wholesale, or might we be throwing the baby out with the bathwater?
![img]()Paul Golin is the executive director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism (www.SHJ.org), the community-organizing umbrella of a 60-year-old congregational denomination of American Jewry. He also serves as lead staff for SHJ’s pluralistic social justice initiative, Jews for a Secular Democracy, mobilizing Jewish voices to defend the separation of religion and government. Paul is a writer, speaker, advocate, and consultant on issues including secularity, intermarriage, disaffiliation, and inclusion. He co-authored two books and his writing has appeared in the Forward, Jewish Week, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. He is the white Ashkenazi half of a “Jewpanese” (Jewish/Japanese) multiracial household and administers the Jewpanese page on Facebook.
This program begins at 1:00 PM, both in-person and via Zoom. The in-person event will be held at Pinnacle Living, 45 Forts Ferry Road, Latham, NY. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available starting at 12:30 PM. Please bring your own beverage.
If you wish to attend via Zoom and are not a current member of CDHS, email your request to CDHS.Albany@gmail.com several days prior to the event. Or use the RSVP on this page, and the link will be available.
The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of non-theistic humanism. CDHS is a member organization for people with humanist values. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.
To learn more about us, please go to www.humanistsociety.net