The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ) 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. CHJ believes in personal responsibility to fulfill the Jewish ideals of loving-kindness, justice, and good deeds.
Humanistic Judaism is one of the five branches of Judaism recognized by the United Jewish Communities of North America. We are affiliated with the Society for Humanistic Judaism and the International Federation of Secular Humanistic Jews, active worldwide.
Humanistic Judaism Defined Humanistic Jews accept that a Jew is a person of Jewish descent or any person who declares himself or herself to be a Jew and who identifies with the history, ethical values, culture, civilization, community and experiences of the Jewish people.
Humanistic Jews believe that each person, whether or not they believe in God, is responsible for leading a moral, ethical life that will add to the greater good of humanity, without reliance on supernatural forces or theological authority. Belief in God is a matter of personal definition, personal conviction and personal practice.
As Humanistic Jews, we seek...
To increase the well-being of others (Tzedakah)
To perform acts of loving kindness (Gemilut Chassadim)
To pursue justice, counter oppression, and make the world a better place (Tikkun Olam)
To use my reasoning power to understand the world about me, applying this knowledge to advance ethical and moral goals
To treat adversity, not as divine punishment for wrongdoing, but as a challenge to be overcome with all the personal strength and community support I can muster
To build a community of Humanistic Jews and like-minded people
To reflect personally on my own behavior, its motivations, expression and consequences, and to commit to improving myself, throughout the year, with renewed emphasis at High Holidays
To recognize and celebrate the role of the Jewish people and culture in living these values
To support Israel in its search for peace
To foster understanding of Humanistic Judaism in the broader community so that beliefs such as ours can be expressed without fear of prejudice
To live my life, so that at my death, I may live on through my positive impact on others’ lives.