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Havdalah stars

Join us for a “Havdalah Under the Stars” led by Rabbi Frank Tamburello
on Saturday, July 18, starting at 4:30pm

Enjoy refreshments and drinks

Find out about Humanistic Judaism

Find out about our congregation and its activities

Participate with like-minded Jews who are comfortable with an unconventional, human-centered interpretation of the Jewish tradition

There is no charge for admission, but $5 donation is suggested.

Address: Community Unitarian Church, 468 Rosedale Avenue, White Plains

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: This year, in addition to the current section for students who have had a few years of Jewish education,
our Hebrew School will have a new section for younger and beginning students.

Why Be a WCHJ Member?


By being a member of the Westchester Community for Humanistic Judaism, one participates in a Community which has a common interest in being with like-minded people, whose goal is to promote continuation and celebration of Jewish history, ethics and ideals within the framework of Humanism in a consistent and committed fashion while developing ongoing relationships with other members. Membership dues ensure that that these values will be continued by ongoing and consistent programs of Jewish themes (music, theater, discussions, study groups, etc.) as well as observance of the major Jewish holidays; support of our Jewish school; and allow for effective publicity so that our congregation may grow. Basically, payment of membership dues indicates commitment to our organization and provides support for our existence.

The Westchester Community for Humanistic Judaism offers a non-theistic alternative in contemporary Jewish life. It is affiliated with the Society for Humanistic Judaism, which was established by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine in 1963 in Detroit, Michigan, and has grown into a worldwide movement. Humanistic Judaism embraces a human-centered philosophy that combines the celebration of Jewish culture and identity with an adherence to humanistic values and ideas. Humanistic Jews value their Jewish identity and the aspects of Jewish culture that offer a genuine expression of their contemporary way of life. Humanistic Jewish communities celebrate Jewish holidays and life cycle events (such as weddings and bar and bat mitzvah) with inspirational ceremonies that draw upon but go beyond traditional literature.