Jewish Secular Community’s Philosophy
Human beings have the power and responsibility to shape their own lives independent of supernatural intervention.
- Life should be directed to human growth and self-fulfillment.
- We have a responsibility to work toward the achievement of freedom, dignity, and happiness for all people.
- Judaism is the continually evolving culture and civilization that the Jewish people have been creating throughout history.
- A Jew is an individual who identifies with the history, culture, struggles, triumphs, and future of the Jewish people.
- No single Jewish ideology or lifestyle will be relevant and meaningful to all Jews. Only Jewish pluralism will guarantee the continuity of the Jewish people.
- Jewishness is an integral part of our lives and we strive to make our choices consistent with our Secular Humanistic Jewish beliefs.
Jewish Secular Community’s Purpose
The Jewish Secular Community provides a warm and supportive community where we can:
- Celebrate the rhythms of life and the Jewish calendar in a meaningful and secular humanistic manner
- Learn about Secular Humanistic Judaism
- Meet to discuss issues of universal and Jewish importance
- Socialize with friends and family
- Belong to a world-wide movement of Secular Humanistic Jews
Our Secular Jewish Identity
A Jew is a person of Jewish descent or any person who declares himself or herself to be a Jew and who identifies with the history, culture, civilization, community, and fate of the Jewish people.
Our Social Action Positions
As an affiliate of the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations (CSJO), the Jewish Secular Community has taken positions on a variety of social action issues including: the environment, sexual orientation, Israel, intermarriage, and women’s rights.
JSC supports an ongoing dialog between Israel and the Palestinian people so that each national group can live in mutual peace and cooperation.
JSC strongly affirms the right of all Jews to choose their own marriage partners. It is the responsibility of all Jews to welcome the non-Jewish partners of Jews into the Jewish family circle and to offer them acceptance and respect. For more information on what the Jewish Secular Community has to offer, visit our Life Cycle Events page.
For more Social Action Positions see the CSJO Social Action Page.