- We embrace a human-centered
philosophy and that combines rational
thinking and scientific inquiry with the celebration of Jewish culture
- As humanists, we affirm the
power of individuals to shape their own
lives, to reason for themselves, to live ethically, and to work
democratically to build a more just and humane world.
- We are
strong supporters of the secular institutions of modern democracy and
the values of individual rights and human dignity that are part and
parcel of that democracy.
- Since Jewish history
chronicles a continuing struggle for human dignity, we have a
special appreciation for others who struggle for dignity.
- We also celebrate the role of
Jewish thinkers such as Baruch
Spinoza, whose intellectual contributions to the Western Enlightenment
helped build our modern world -- a world based on reason, science,
individual dignity and secular democracy.
- We affirm that our
Jewish heritage is an important source for our ethics, as manifest in,
for example, our commitment to tikkun olam ("repairing the world").
- With the guidance of Or
Dr. Harold Londer, we celebrate the major Jewish holidays -- adapted to
our secular and humanist world view -- because they are important to
Jewish culture and identity.
- We create humanistic Jewish
rituals and services that reflect the ethical core of Jewish history,
literature and culture.
programs held twice a month, we honor Jewish thinkers, artists and
activists, we explore current issues from Minnesota to the Middle East,
and we dialogue with diverse communities.
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