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Celebrating Humanistic Judaism by the San Francisco Bay

Most of our large-group events are held at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue at Masonic in Albany, CA; small group meetings held at various locations in the Bay Area.

August 22nd SHABBAT 7:30 PM: Member-led--all are welcome. Community Ctr, Rm l.
Sep 7th, Sunday 11 am - Bagel Brunch on Yiddish Culture with guest speakers Dr. Joel Schecter and Diana Scott.

For more information on these events, our New Year services and other upcoming events, see our Calendar Page.








Celebrate the Jewish New Year HUMANISTICALLY with Kol Hadash

Registration for meaningful secular Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services is now open. We are happy to announce that Erev Rosh Hashanah service on Wednesday evening, September 24th, will be co-lead by adults and children, with song-leading by Ben Brussell, and apples and honey for all. Erev Yom Kippur service will be held on Friday evening, October 3rd, and will be co-led by our members and guest poet and Judaic scholar Marcia Falk. Kol Nidre and other music will be provided by the San Francisco-Munich Trio (Rebecca Rust, cello; Chris Salocks, piano; and Friedrich Edelmann, bassoon). Song-leading will be provided by Ben Brussell. Pre-registration is required -- download our registration form HERE. Download our poster HERE.

Kol Hadash Family Havurah to start this fall!

All families who are raising Jewish secular humanist children and grandchildren are invited to attend and help develop community. With our rich Jewish culture and shared values, and our wonderful children and grandchildren, we will grow a warm, nurturing and imaginative group for friendship, learning and growth. If you would like to be notified of our first meeting and future meetings, please Email us.

We Kol Hadash humanists claim Judaism as our own.

  • Do you appreciate saying what you mean, and meaning what you say at Jewish services?
  • Do you appreciate a community where your intermarried and nontraditional family is welcome to belong?
  • Is being among like-minded humanists a relief and a pleasure to you?

Then perhaps we are YOUR community too. Are you the one-in-five Jewish Americans who is not a believer, as described in the latest Pew Research Center's study? We are proud to observe Judaism in a manner that makes sense to us. We understand Judaism in the context of human history, and we renew our culture in the context of humanism. Please join us! Check out our services and events on our calendar page, and support us with your membership.

Interested in Humanistic Judaism but don't live close enough to Kol Hadash?

If you join Kol Hadash, we can connect you with members in your area, or help you start a Kol Hadash havurah for members who live near you.

For those of you who live in other areas of Northern California who are interested in starting a humanistic congregation, we encourage you to join the (national) Society for Humanistic Judaism, as you will receive technical assistance and support in nurturing the growth of your new community.