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  Humanistic Judaism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Humanistic Judaism is a movement within Judaism that emphasizes Jewish culture and history, rather than belief in a supernatural god, as the sources of Jewish identity.
Humanistic Judaism was developed as a possible solution to the problem of retaining Jewish identity and continuity among non-religious, secular North American Jews at a time when other organizational forms of secular Jewish identity were fading, including Jewish cultural nationalism, Yiddishism, and various forms of Zionism.
Humanistic Judaism is egalitarian with respect to gender and gender identification, Jewish status, and sexual orientation.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Humanistic_Judaism   (1003 words)

  
 NationMaster.com - Encyclopedia: Reform Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Orthodox Judaism is the stream of Judaism which adheres to a relatively strict interpretation and application of the laws and ethics first canonized in the Talmud (The Oral Law) and later codified in the Shulkhan Arukh (Code of Jewish Law).
Karaite Judaism is a Jewish denomination characterized by reliance on the Tanakh as the sole scripture, and rejection of the Oral Law (the Mishnah and the Talmud) as halakha (Legally Binding, i.
The classical approach of Reform Judaism towards halakha was based on the views of Rabbi Samuel Holdheim (1806-1860), leader of Reform Judaism in Germany.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Reform-Judaism   (9720 words)

  
 Secular Humanistic Judaism
Humanistic Judaism is a modern way to express Judaism, as valid in our times as the priestly and Rabbinic firms of the religion were in theirs.
Humanistic Judaism is for those people who feel the need for a system of belief that does not rely on supernatural intervention as an answer to life's challenges.
Humanists formulate and evaluate moral principles on the basis of their contribution to improving individual lives and to furthering the progress of humanity.
www.humanist-rites.com /FAQHumanisticJudaism.html   (4323 words)

  
 Or Hadash, Birmingham, Alabama, USA: Main Page
Or Hadash (New Light), the Humanistic Judaism Congregation of Birmingham, Alabama was established in 1998 to respond to the needs of a contemporary and diverse Jewish community.
Secular Humanistic Judaism is a distinct alternative to Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist Judaism.
Humanistic Judaism places complete responsibility for human behavior on humans themselves, with human conduct and spirituality guided by the positive morality and ethics that continue to evolve from the rich worldwide Jewish history and culture.
www.orhadashbhm.org   (536 words)

  
 Society for Humanistic Judaism - Home Page
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 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.
The Society for Humanistic Judaism was organized in 1969.
www.shj.org   (257 words)

  
 Humanistic Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Humanistic Judaism practices a non­theistic form of Judaism in which Judaism is the culture and the historical experience of the Jewish people.
It is a break from both Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism because it does not use theistic language in its liturgy.
Humanistic Judaism acknowledges that it is possible to integrate knowledge of, and respect for, other beliefs into the education of a child being raised in Humanistic Judaism, without confusing or intermingling distinct and different religious traditions, and without mixing or compromising the child's identification with Judaism.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/Judaism/Humanistic.html   (144 words)

  
 What is Secular Humanistic Judaism?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
They may be glad to find a place within Humanistic Judaism, where their Jewish identity is reinforced and that of their children is fostered, through joyous celebrations of Judaism in a manner they find believable and meaningful.
Humanistic Judaism doesn't appeal to all Jews, certainly, but it is the ONLY viable alternative for some of us, who would otherwise be Unitarians or pagans.
Humanistic Judaism is thus a good addition to the "Baskin and Robbins" of modern Jewish life, offering another flavor that attracts more Jews.
www.humanisticjews.org /goldhamer_article.htm   (1341 words)

  
 The Jewish Journal Of Greater Los Angeles
And Humanistic Judaism is a philosophy of life which maintains that the basic power for solving human problems lies within human beings and is enriched by the history and culture of the Jewish people.
SW:  The reason why Humanistic Judaism came into existence was surveys indicated that close to 47 percent of the Jews in North America identify themselves as secular, which means that they don’t find any meaning in a God-oriented Judaism.
Humanistic Judaism believes that Judaism is the historic culture and civilization of the Jewish people.
www.jewishjournal.com /home/preview.php?id=9940   (846 words)

  
 Ethical Diversity Within Humanistic Judaism
Humanistic Jews embrace a wide range of ethical perspectives and moral philosophies: from libertarian to utilitarian, from individualist to communitarian.
Humanists agree that human experience and human needs, rather than divine authority, are the source of ethical wisdom.
The conclusions reached by one Humanistic Jew may differ from those reached by others, but all are committed to rational, free inquiry as the most effective and appropriate means for the discovery of ethical truth.
www.banned-books.com /truth-seeker/1994archive/121_1/ts211h.html   (619 words)

  
 Triangle Society for Humanistic Judaism
For Humanistic Jews, this is an individual ceremony, on a young person's sixteenth birthday, when he or she is given the opportunity to display intellectual and emotional skills as an emerging adult by presenting a research paper on a subject of historical or ethical interest to Humanistic Jews."
Humanistic Judaism views the marriage ceremony as a celebration of the mutual commitment of two equal, loyal, and mutually supportive partners.
A Humanistic funeral or memorial service (where the body is not present) serves two purposes: to celebrate the life of the deceased; and, through the presence and support of family and friends, to help the bereaved accept their loss.
www.hjnc.org /humanistic_judaism/celebrations/life_cycle_events.html   (554 words)

  
 Congregation For Humanistic Judaism of Fairfield County, Connecticut   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Congregation For Humanistic Judaism of Fairfield County, Connecticut
The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism is a welcoming, supportive community, serving Fairfield County since 1967, for secular Jews and their families to affirm, celebrate, and enrich Jewish identity and values.
Humanistic Judaism is one of the five branches of Judaism recognized by the United Jewish Communities of North America.
www.humanisticjews.org   (517 words)

  
 Messianic Judaism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
While many Messianic Jews are ethnically Jewish (and as such would be considered Jews even by Orthodox Jewish standards), Messianic Judaism is not seen as a legitimate form of Judaism by any recognized Jewish organization or leaders, apart from a handful of dissenting voices among the Reform and Reconstructionist Jewish movements.
Some are attracted because they are in a relationship with a Jew and feel the movement is a "compromise" between Judaism and Christianity, but many are devout Christians who feel that the movement is a way to better appreciate the Hebrew roots of Christianity while still maintaining their faith.
Messianic Judaism is held to be non-Jewish by Reform, Orthodox, Conservative, and Reconstructionist Judaism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Messianic_Judaism   (2234 words)

  
 Sherwin Wine: Humanistic Rabbi : religious atheism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Humanistic Judaism was organized by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine, who founded its first congregation, the Birmingham Temple, in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
The Society for Humanistic Judaism is the US affiliate of the International Federation of Secular Humanistic Jews.
An overview of the current status of Humanistic Judaism, written by Egon Friedler, of the Uruguayan Movement for Secular Humanistic Judaism, recently appeared in _Midstream_ (October 1992).
www.darkfiber.com /atheisms/atheisms/wine.html   (761 words)

  
 BBC - Religion & Ethics - Humanistic Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Humanistic Judaism doesn't proclaim that there is no God, but it does do without God.
Humanistic Jews believe that the human moral code comes from people and from the world in which they live.
Humanistic Jews find "spiritual satisfaction" in secular celebrations of Jewish holidays, study and discussion of Jewish and broader human issues, and action for social justice.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions/atheism/types/judaism.shtml   (495 words)

  
 Resources for Humanistic Judaism information
Minnesota, Or Emet is the Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism.
The Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism is the intellectual and educational arm of the Federation, established in 1985 in Jerusalem to serve the needs of a growing movement.
The mission of The Society for Humanistic Judaism is to mobilize people to celebrate Jewish identity and culture consistent with a humanistic philosophy of life.
www.kolhadash.com /judaism/Resources.html   (293 words)

  
 Judaism Reading List: Humanistic Judaism (Pt. VII)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Humanistic Judaism is less well known than Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform.
He prefers the positive definition of Humanistic Jew: The Humanistic Jew is an individual, of either Jewish or non-Jewish descent, who believes in the ultimate value of self-respect and in the principles of humanism, community, autonomy, and rationality.
Additional information on Humanistic Judaism, as well as publications on Humanistic Judaism, may be obtained from: Society for Humanistic Judaism 28611 W. Twelve Mile Road Farmington Hills MI 48334 +1 248 478-7610 [8]info@shj.org The society is internet-accessible; visit [9]www.shj.org (Society for Humanistic Judaism).
www.faqs.org /faqs/judaism/reading-lists/humanistic/preamble.html   (1043 words)

  
 Index
Humanistic Jews value their Jewish identity and the aspect of Jewish culture that offer 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.
www.jewish-sarasota.org /humanistic   (271 words)

  
 FAQ
Humanistic Jews view their Judaism as a family identity--a family they are either born into or choose to become a part of.
Humanistic Judaism is the only Jewish movement that actively welcomes (and performs) intercultural marriage.
Humanistic Jews value the Torah because it is a historical, political, sociological text written by their ancestors.
www.oradam.org /faq.htm   (1037 words)

  
 Religion News Service: Press Releases
The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, which meets in the West Village, was founded in 1991 with six adults and two toddlers.
Humanistic Judaism, founded in 1963, is one of five denominations in Jewish life and has communities and congregations throughout the world.
Humanistic Jews celebrate holidays and life-cycle events with innovative rituals and language that are consistent with their secular humanist values and beliefs.
www.religionnews.com /press02/PR041706A.html   (756 words)

  
 Society for Humanistic Judaism - Staff
In 1969 he helped establish the Society for Humanistic Judaism to serve as the national outreach vehicle for the humanistic movement.
The Humanist of the Year award was established in 1953 to recognize a person of national or international reputation who, through the application of humanist values, has made a significant contribution to the improvement of the human condition.
In addition, he is a principal contributor to Judaism in a Secular Age: An Anthology of Secular Humanistic Jewish Thought.
www.shj.org /wine.htm   (319 words)

  
 International Federation of Secular Humanistic Jews
Secular Humanistic Jews have a strong connection to Jewish history and culture and are committed to the future of the Jewish People.
Secular Humanistic Jews rely on reason, rather than faith, to understand the world and believe that human intelligence and experience are capable of guiding their lives.
Secular Humanistic Jews believe that Jewish history is a human saga, a testament to the significance of human power and responsibility.
www.ifshj.org /continuity.html   (300 words)

  
 FORWARD : FacesForward   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Wine caused eyes to roll 40 years ago when he created Humanistic Judaism, a movement that celebrates Judaism as a culture rather than a religion, and places its faith in people rather than a supreme being.
Humanistic Friday night services — actually, the word "celebration" is preferred — are built around a theme, such as "love" or "courage." The celebrations don't focus on the weekly Torah portion.
Humanistic Judaism, said Wine, allows Jews to develop a meaningful, personal philosophy of life based upon Jewish history and experience.
www.forward.com /issues/2003/03.06.20/faces.html   (1028 words)

  
 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Welcome - Humanistic Judaism embraces a human-centered philosophy that combines the celebration of Jewish culture and identity with an adherence to humanistic values and ideas.
Our celebration of Judaism is secular in approach with the appreciation of Jewish culture, history and identity.
Humanistic Judaism was established in 1963 to provide a humanistic alternative in Jewish life.
bethadam.com /index.php   (230 words)

  
 Judaism Reading List: Humanistic Judaism (Pt. VII)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The first Secular Humanistic rabbi trained at the Institute was ordained in October 1999.
An overview of the current status of Humanistic Judaism, written by Egon Friedler, of the Uruguayan Movement for Secular Humanistic Judaism, recently appeared in Midstream (October 1992).
Judaism in a Secular Age: An Anthology of Secular Humanistic Jewish Thought (Library of Secular Humanistic Judaism).
www.faqs.org /faqs/judaism/reading-lists/humanistic   (2066 words)

  
 religion: judaism: denominations: humanistic Spirit And Sky
The Washington DC Congregation for Humanistic Judaism is a community of secular Humanistic Jews.
Kahal B'raira is the Boston area congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism.
Humanistic congregation with members of all ages ranging from children to seniors.
www.spiritandsky.com /religion/judaism/denominations/humanistic   (278 words)

  
 Humanistic Judaism
The Society for Humanistic Judaism is the North American organization serving and promoting Humanistic Judaism.
The AHA is the oldest and largest organization devoted to Humanist ideals.
Canada's leading Humanist association was formed in 1968 from an amalgam of local groups.
www.humanist-rites.com /links.htm   (255 words)

  
 Humanistic Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Rabbi Wine is one of the founders of the Society for Humanistic Judaism.
To paraphrase the author's conclusions, humanists want to bring their beliefs and their behavior together and are eager to affirm the following:
Humanists want to translate these affirmations and commitments into an effective life-style.
www.humanistsofutah.org /1994/art2july94.html   (159 words)

  
 Chicago Jewish News -- Jewish Chicago's Hometown Newspaper - Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Chalom comes to the Chicago area from the epicenter of Humanistic Judaism: the Birmingham Temple in Detroit, where the movement-which some consider to be the current or future "fifth branch" of Judaism-was founded by Rabbi Sherwin Wine in 1969.
He was raised at the Birmingham Temple, then went on to earn a B.A. in Judaic Studies at Yale University, a master's degree in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies at the University of Michigan, and ordination from the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism.
She serves on the board of the national Society for Humanistic Judaism and organizes its national conferences for teens and college students.
www.chicagojewishnews.com /archives_articles.jsp?id=186532   (733 words)

  
 History
The first Humanistic Judaism community was established in 1963 by Rabbi Sherwin Wine and a number of members who founded the Birmingham Temple in a suburb of Detroit.
In 1969, a North American central organization, the Society for Humanistic Judaism (www.shj.org) was founded to establish and support local affiliates and to provide leadership to the growing movement (which now has 33 communities in the US and Canada).
In 1985 the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism was created, to coordinate the various national organizations and to train rabbi and lay leaders for the local communities.
www.bethami.com /History.htm   (248 words)

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