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Hebrew School Open House


Give your child a contemporary Jewish humanist education! Come to our open house reception.
Join the teacher and pupils’ parents on Saturday, September 6, from 11am to 1pm.

At the Community Unitarian Church, 468 Rosedale Ave, White Plains

Find out how our students learn about Jewish holidays, music, history, heroes and heroines, and prepare for Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Open in 2007, our school offers an open, warm environment where learners can safely express their thoughts and feelings while developing a positive connection to Judaism. It strives to motivate and excite children through experiential learning, and aims to foster critical thinking, love of learning, and a belief in the power of human reason and responsibility, rather than of supernatural authority.

Havdalah means “differentiation,” the act of “making a difference.” Havdalah is the ceremony in which we contemplate the distinctions we make between the “special” day and the “common” day, between festival days and the everyday, between Shabbat and the rest of the days of the week. Everyone (read together all the bold text in responsive readings): The Havdalah ceremony heightens our awareness of the differences we make between days, between meanings, and between people.

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.