Humanistic Jews are believers. We believe in ourselves and in others. Ours is a faith of optimism and hope…that things can and will get better through human intervention. We believe in the hereafter through the generations that will follow us. Our spirituality is the intrinsic appreciation of life, both the explained and unexplained, from the wings of a butterfly to the surge of overwhelming love we feel for our children. Our beliefs are a seamless part of our lives, reflected in both our congregation services and how we act in the world.
Humanistic Jews 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 symbols and liturgy. We find meaning in the celebration of life through the historic Hebrew calendar and seek to interpret this calendar in a naturalistic way. We rarely use worshipful or prayer-like language, and do not name any supernatural force in our services. When we make blessings over wine and bread at our services, we thank those who bring forth the fruit of the vine and bread from the earth. We derive our sense of spirituality from the accomplishments of people. In our services and celebrations, we say what we believe and believe what we say.