Humanistic Judaism embraces a human-centered philosophy that combines rational thinking with a celebration of Jewish culture and identity. 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.
Kol Haskalah: A Humanistic Jewish Congregation is a lay-led community, which means our members determine the focus and essence of celebrations, services and activities in accordance with the tenets of Humanistic Judaism. In addition to a dynamic Sunday School for children ages 2-12 (leading to B'nai Mitzvah), we offer adult discussion groups, a book club, occasional Shabbat services and evening programs, fun-filled holiday programs and celebrations (with great potluck dinners) and plenty of opportunities to practice our core values of social justice, tzedakah (giving) and tikkun olam (repairing the world).
Interfaith families make up a significant part of our congregation, and we welcome all who identify with humanistic and Jewish values to visit us and learn more about what it means to be a Humanistic Jew.