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Congregation for Humanistic Judaism

Humanistic Judaism embraces a human-centered philosophy that combines rational thinking with a celebration of Jewish culture and identity. Humanistic Jews value their Jewish identity and the aspect of Jewish culture that offers a genuine expression of their contemporary way of life. Humanistic Jewish communities celebrate Jewish holidays and life cycle events with inspirational ceremonies that draw upon but go beyond traditional literature. Humanistic Judaism affirms that human beings possess the power and responsibility to shape their own lives and that ethics and morality are not divine in origin but are human responsibilities.

Society for Humanistic Judaism was organized in 1969 by Rabbi Sherwin Wine. The Society's mission is to mobilize people to celebrate Jewish identity and culture consistent with a humanistic philosophy of life.

The Sarasota Congregation offers services on a regular basis, often with a dynamic speaker on today's issues. We schedule study groups (films, books, music, bible, wine), social action activities and social events for members. We celebrate the High Holidays and Passover as well as other traditional Jewish festivals and holidays. Our group was founded in 1996 and now has more than 325 members. We welcome all people in the Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice area and beyond who feel they want to share a Humanistic Jewish way of life within a warm, friendly congregation. We are recognized by and affiliated with the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation. We are also members of the Synagogue Council.

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