Kol Hadash ("New Voice" in Hebrew) was organized in 1987 as the Northern California Chapter of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, by a handful of individuals who were looking for a way to celebrate their cultural Jewish identity without theism or supernatural belief.
Our members were raised in every branch of Judaism, here and abroad, families of mixed religious backgrounds, singles, Holocaust survivors, those raised unaffiliated, and those who became Jews by choice. If it were not for Humanistic Judaism, most members would remain unaffiliated.
There are many good reasons for joining a Jewish community. Are you seeking a community to share celebrations as well as difficult times? Looking for a place to observe the New Year and Passover, a place where you don’t have to choose between your intellect and your heart?
Humanistic Judaism is a nontheistic alternative in contemporary Jewish life, begun by Rabbi Sherwin Wine and his small break-away congregation during the 1960s in a suburb of Detroit. Over time, in addition to the proliferation of local communities, the Society for Humanistic Judaism was formed, followed by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism which ordains rabbis. Humanistic Jews use reason, science, commitment to justice, and compassion to mold our Jewish practices, and as guides for living.
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Berkeley, CA 94702