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Join us for a Havdalah Under the Stars

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Find out more about Humanistic Judaism and about our congregation! Come to our open house reception
A Havdalah service will be conducted by Rabbi Frank Tamburello

Saturday, August 6, starting at 4:30pm
At the Community Unitarian Church, 468 Rosedale Ave, White Plains

Our community is part of The Society for Humanistic Judaism, which mobilizes people to celebrate Jewish identity and culture consistent with a humanistic philosophy of life independent of a supernatural authority. We are a very welcoming community, and our members are happy to answer questions. Whether you want to know about our congregation’s rituals or where to find a good Jewish deli, we are here to help you. Our Rabbi, Frank Tamburello, conducts life-cycle events and is available for members needs. Whether it’s our Friday night Shabbat bible study get-together programs for members, Saturday afternoon cultural programs, History Buffs study group, Jewish Education School, or our festival celebrations—WCHJ has something for everyone.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is free (donations are welcome: WCHJ is a registered non-profit).

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. The Havdalah ceremony heightens our awareness of the differences we make between days, between meanings, and between people.

Photos from one of our past “Havdalah Under the Stars” meetings

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.