City Congregation is a welcoming community of secular and culture Jews that has come together since 1991 to share in the common purposes and goals of secular humanistic Judaism and to celebrate or endure the joys or the sorrows that life brings us.
As Humanistic Jews we rely on reason, inner strength, and the support of community to face life's challenges and collectively improve the world. Humanistic Judaism offers secular Jews a philosophy of life that integrates the value of Jewish identity with a belief in the importance of human reason and human power. It declares that reason is the source of truth, and that human intelligence and experience are capable of guiding our lives. It offers an opportunity to practice Judaism in ways that are consistent with our humanistic outlook. Humanistic Jews understand Judaism as the human-centered history, culture, civilization, ethical values and shared fate of the Jewish people.
As a community, we are a diverse group of people of all ages, races, cultures, gender orientation, family configurations and ethnicities --- babies to retirees --- united by our common desire to enrich ourselves through the celebration of our Jewish identity, and by fostering our own Jewish knowledge and that of our children.
We are Jews by birth and Jews by choice. Some of our members are the non-Jewish partners and families of our members. We live predominantly in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and we have growing numbers of members in Queens and the Bronx. Others come in from Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey to be part of the community.