Established in 1994, the Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound has offered a meaningful, non-theistic alternative for a Jewish life. A vibrant Jewish community, the SJC is affiliated with a global movement, Humanistic Judaism. The SJC honors Jewish traditions independent of theistic influence, preferring to focus on individuals that uphold the values of reason and justice, personal choice and action. Judaism thrives through the celebration of heritage, community, and lifelong learning.
Cultural Heritage: the SJC's monthly Shabbat potlucks are highlighted with cultural programs. Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Tu B'Shevat and Purim are traditional holiday celebrations with readings and rituals that reflect SJC's secular beliefs. The annual Passover Seder is a festive event with over 100 members and guests.
Community: Tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (social action) are integral aspects of the SJC. Members regularly volunteer with the Jewish Family Service and the Jewish Coalition for Homelessness in King County, and actively advocate for the separation of church and state. Lifelong Learning: Adults and youth have unique opportunities for Jewish learning and self-expression.
Adult programs are often lively forums that include discussion groups, films, lectures, and cultural development. For families and children, Shalom Sunday school teaches Jewish history, culture, traditions, holidays and community. Children explore and strengthen the connection to their Jewish heritage and the world around them, while positive values, self-esteem, and ethical choices are encouraged. We focus on family gatherings and bi-monthly classroom programs for grades K-7, and B'nai Mitzvah preparation for grades 6&7.
The intergenerational community includes Jewish individuals and couples, multicultural and mixed-faith families, and gay men and women. All secular individuals who identify with and value the history, culture, and future of Jewish people are welcome!