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Havdalah Under the Sun

sun Havdalah

Normally, the transition to Havdalah is marked by the visible presence of three stars in the night sky, but, being humanists, we can take certain liberties.
Join WCHJ on Saturday, July 26, starting at 4:30pm for a spiritual humanistic Havdalah ceremony.

At the Community Unitarian Church, 468 Rosedale Ave, White Plains

• Q&A about the meaning of humanism in Judaism
• Enjoying food and beverages with like-minded people
• A chance to explore being a part of a non-theistic Jewish community

There is no charge, but donations are welcome.

Havdalah means “differentiation,” the act of “making a difference.” Havdalah is the ceremony in which we contemplate the distinctions we make between the “special” day and the “common” day, between festival days and the everyday, between Shabbat and the rest of the days of the week. Everyone (read together all the bold text in responsive readings): The Havdalah ceremony heightens our awareness of the differences we make between days, between meanings, and between people.

Why Be a WCHJ Member?


By being a member of the Westchester Community for Humanistic Judaism, one participates in a Community which has a common interest in being with like-minded people, whose goal is to promote continuation and celebration of Jewish history, ethics and ideals within the framework of Humanism in a consistent and committed fashion while developing ongoing relationships with other members. Membership dues ensure that that these values will be continued by ongoing and consistent programs of Jewish themes (music, theater, discussions, study groups, etc.) as well as observance of the major Jewish holidays; support of our Jewish school; and allow for effective publicity so that our congregation may grow. Basically, payment of membership dues indicates commitment to our organization and provides support for our existence.

The Westchester Community for Humanistic Judaism offers a non-theistic alternative in contemporary Jewish life. It is affiliated with the Society for Humanistic Judaism, which was established by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine in 1963 in Detroit, Michigan, and has grown into a worldwide movement. Humanistic Judaism embraces a human-centered philosophy that combines the celebration of Jewish culture and identity with an adherence to humanistic values and ideas. Humanistic Jews value their Jewish identity and the aspects of Jewish culture that offer a genuine expression of their contemporary way of life. Humanistic Jewish communities celebrate Jewish holidays and life cycle events (such as weddings and bar and bat mitzvah) with inspirational ceremonies that draw upon but go beyond traditional literature.