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What is Secular Humanistic Judaism?
Humanistic Judaism is a movement that emphasizes Jewish culture and Jewish history as the source of Jewish identity. Its rituals and ceremonies do not include prayer or invocation of a deity. 
Humanistic Judaism became established as an organized group in 1963 in Detroit, Michigan, when Rabbi Sherwin Wine started the first Humanist Jewish congregation, the Birmingham Temple. A non-theist alternative in contemporary Jewish life, it seeks a connection with Jewish culture, tradition, and history.

SHJC History
In February 2009, after attending an inspiring lecture about Humanistic Judaism, a group of individuals came together as a steering committee with the purpose of creating a humanistic Jewish community in Tucson. The group became known as the Secular Humanist Jewish Circle. Others joined as members, organizing to plan and sponsor Jewish holiday, educational and social events.

 
 

 

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