Humanistic Judaism community to hold open house

Wednesday, Sept. 13 @ 7pm • Jewish Council of North Central Florida • 3835 NW 8th Ave., Gainesville

Secular and progressive Jews have long been part of the Jewish people. A movement known as Humanistic Judaism (HJ) combines attachment to Jewish identity and culture with a human-centered approach to life.

HJ defines Judaism as the historical and cultural experience of the Jewish people. It affirms that human beings are independent of supernatural authority and responsible for themselves. Humanistic Jews seek solutions to conflicts that respect the freedom, dignity, and self-esteem of every human being.

We are committed, in the enduring Jewish tradition of support for social action and social progress, to community service and actions for social justice. You can find information about the movement and its 26 communities at

As a Society for Humanistic Judaism board member, I am seeking like-minded Jews to begin organizing a Humanistic Jewish group in North Central Florida.

The Organizing Committee for a Humanistic Judaism Community will have an Open House in September.

The program begins at 7 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Jewish Council of North Central Florida Office, 3835 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville.

Enjoy snacks/dessert while meeting other atheist, agnostic, secular humanistic and questioning Jews. For any questions, contact Rick Gold at or 571-337-8018. D

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