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Madrikha Beverly Zarnow

Soloist Janet Hammer


The Humanistic Jewish Congregation is a compelling option for modern Jewish identity in the San Diego Area. Humanistic Jews understand Judaism as the human-centered history, culture, civilization, ethical values, and shared experiences of the Jewish people. We believe that individuals shape their own lives independent of a supernatural authority. (philosophy)

You may recognize that our humanistic views of Jewish culture, traditions, and observances correspond with the way in which you would like to cherish your Judaism.  Our warm, caring community welcomes anyone who identifies with Judaism, including intercultural families. (about us)

We hope our website will give you an understanding of Humanistic Judaism and we encourage you to visit our congregation.  Please feel free to contact us for more information. 


Upcoming Events


Tikkum Olam
For all of our events, we will be having an ongoing food collection for needy families.
Please bring non-perishable items and we will distribute them throughout San Diego County.

Saturday, April 5 at 10:00am
Adult Education Class
North University Community Library
8820 Judicial Dr., La Jolla

This month we will present our third program in the series on Secular Spirituality: Passionate Journey to a Rational Judaism. We will show a video featuring a lecture by Rachel Elior, the Chair of Jewish Philosophy in Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has been a visiting professor at Princeton University, Yeshiva University, and Tokyo University. She is the author and editor of ten books and ninety-five articles. Her research interests include Jewish mysticism, Kabbala, Messianism, Hasidism, Frankism, and Jewish women. The topic for our class will be "Jewish Mysticism-A Secular Perspective." To quote Rachel Elior, "Mysticism belongs to the history of human imagination, creativity, and interpretation, as well as to reconstruct the meaning of the past and to decode and transcend any literal meaning of the human experience." Come join us on Saturday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. at the North University Community Library, 8820 Judicial Drive, La Jolla. Admission is free and no textbook required. For information call Gary Zarnow, 858-549-3088.


Saturday, April 19 at 2:30pm
Passover Seder
Miltonís Deli
2660 Via De La Valle, Del Mar

Passover draws Jews together as no other holiday during the year. At the Kahal Am Seder the warmth of kinship and the zeal for freedom grows as we sit together telling our cultural stories. This holiday fits well with a humanistic philosophy because we set aside the supernatural and tell about people who show their determination to live in freedom. Our haggadah is a unique booklet written each year with thoughtful commentary. We also share the pleasure of live music, friendly conversation, and a delicious meal served at Miltonís Delicatessen in Del Mar.

We are a very welcoming organization, and those who are unaffiliated, single, LGBT, or intercultural families are encouraged to attend.

The 2014 Seder begins at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Advanced reservations are required and should be received no later than April 10.  Prices are $48 for non-member adults, $39 for members, and $18 for all children under 10. Vegetarian meals are also available.


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Please contact if more you need more information at 858-549-3088.


Saturday, April 26 at 10:30am
Annual Meeting & Potluck
Mt. La Jolla Clubhouse
5490 Caminito Herminia, La Jolla

ďItís not easy these days to be a Humanistic Jew.Ē Rabbi Sherwin Wine, founder of the movement of Secular Humanistic Judaism in 1985, declared this more than twenty years after he formed the first SHJ community in Michigan. Today, fifty-one years later, is this statement still accurate? In order to answer that question, we must assert what we do believe and what value those beliefs hold for us.

Our Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 26 will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a presentation and dis-
cussion centered on what it means to be a secular Humanistic Jew today. This program is a great opportunity for guests to attend and find out more about Kahal Am and the SHJ movement.

This event will be held at the Mt. La Jolla Clubhouse, 5490 Caminito Herminia, La Jolla. There is parking and the clubhouse is handicap accessible. Note the different location and see the directions on the calendar page.

A potluck lunch will follow the program.  We ask our members to please use our sign up form to bring food for the potluck.