Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Morris CountyHumanistic Judaism focuses on non-theistic aspects of Jewish culture and is based on the belief that it is the responsibility of each of us, as human beings, to be ethical, kind, and compassionate and to use reason and rational thought to solve problems. It is the actions of people that have influenced the course of human history. Therefore, we concentrate on what we can do in the “here and now” to relieve suffering and make the world a better place for all people. Instead of waiting for miracles, we believe we must take it upon ourselves to be ethical people now, apart from any supernatural forces.
CHJMC is a community of 40 families. We hold services for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and have a Passover Seder and a Hanukkah party. Shabbat services are once a month and are hosted in the homes of our members (and are usually pot-luck dessert). We are affiliated with the Society for Humanistic Judaism.
At CHJMC, we link our values with our actions in our extensive social action activities, fascinating adult education programs, beautiful services, and thriving Sunday school with B’nai Mitzvah program. We welcome young families, interfaith families, empty-nesters, and singles.
Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine founded the Humanistic Judaism movement and first congregation in 1963. This movement of secular and non-theistic Jews asserts that cultural expressions of Judaism, without prayer, are a viable approach to modern Jewish identity. Humanistic Jews emphasize Jewish culture and history rather than focusing on a supernatural being. The movement hopes to attract nonreligious Jews who do not feel that their needs/beliefs could be met by other Jewish organizations.
CHJMC's ultimate goal is to provide members with a sense of community and all of the services that are provided by congregational life, but in a manner consistent with a non-theistically centered belief system. Humanistic Judaism also seeks to unite Jews by their shared culture and inspires a moral life outside of faith.
CHJMC was founded in 1999 by three families who were looking for a congregation where they could celebrate their Jewishness with an emphasis on culture, where there would be continuity with their religious beliefs and the way they led their everyday lives.
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