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The Society for Humanistic Judaism
, founded in 1969 by Rabbi Sherwin Wine
Sherwin Theodore Wine was a rabbi and a founding figure in Humanistic Judaism. Originally ordained a Reform rabbi, Wine founded the Birmingham Temple, the first congregation of Humanistic Judaism in 1963, in Birmingham, Michigan, outside Detroit, Michigan .In 1969...
embraces a human-centered philosophy that combines the celebration of Jewish culture and identity with an adherence to humanistic values and ideas.
The Society for Humanistic Judaism is the central body for the Humanistic Jewish Movement in North America and assists in organizing new communities, supporting its member communities, and in providing a voice for Humanistic Jews. The Society gathers and creates educational and programmatic materials, including holiday and life cycle celebrations. It sponsors training programs and conferences for its members. HuJews, the Humanistic Youth Group offers programs for teens and young adults, including an annual conclave. The Society for Humanistic Judaism publishes a monthly e-newsletter and a biannual topical journal and member newsletter.
The Society participates in both the Jewish and the Humanist worlds as a Hillel partner, a participant in the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America and as a member of the Secular Coalition for America.
The Society for Humanistic Judaism has 10,000 members in 30 congregations spread throughout the United States and Canada.