The name Or Adam, Hebrew for “light of humanity,” reflects our love and respect for Jewish culture and tradition and emphasizes that our destiny is not guided by a supernatural force, but by the human power within ourselves. We practice Humanistic Judaism, which embraces a human-centered, not deity-centered philosophy: We believe in the human capacity and responsibility to create a better world. Our logo is the Humanorah. We embrace the moral values, languages, food, music, literature, art, and traditions of the Jewish people, and their impact on the world.
Or Adam is an active, inclusive congregation that welcomes singles, same-sex couples, and all kinds of families, whether blended, traditional, interfaith, intercultural, or interracial. Our members range widely in age and background. We offer activities to satisfy that variety of interests: Shabbat and other holiday celebrations, Sunday school education for children preschool through bar and bat mitzvah, b’nai mitzvah classes for adult bar/bat mitzvah and adoption, life-cycle celebrations, social action and a variety of enrichment programs that foster and enhance close relations among our members
Or Adam’s vision is to provide an environment for Or Adam families to discover and grow their Humanistic Jewish cultural, spiritual, ethical, and ancestral identities as self-determining individuals in their community and worldwide.
Our goal has always been to bring together Jews in the Phoenix area to express our human connection to Judaism, celebrate cultural aspects of holidays, festivals and life-cycle events, and experience Jewish learning in a secular humanistic atmosphere.
Or Adam is an affiliate of the Society for the Humanistic Judaism.