Where is my light?
My light is in me.
Where is my hope?
My hope is in me.
Where is my strength?
My strength is in me, and in you.
The Humanistic Jewish Havurah of Southwest Florida (HJH) welcomes Jews who value their Jewish identity and who seek an alternative to conventional Judaism. Humanistic Judaism affirms the right of individuals to shape their own lives independent of supernatural authority.
Organized Humanistic Judaism began in 1963 with the founding of the Birmingham Temple in Michigan by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine. The Humanistic Jewish Havurah of Southwest Florida was formed in the late spring of 2008 and received its 501(c)(3) status in the summer of 2009. In December 2010, HJH became an affiliate of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, the central body for the Humanistic Jewish movement in North America. Over half of our membership resides in Southwest Florida year round while the rest are seasonal. Our organization is a member of the Jewish Federation of Collier County and the Florida Humanist Association.
Humanistic Jewish Havurah offers a variety of programs including a monthly community meeting, potluck Shabbat dinners, adult study, Yom Kippur and Yom HaShoah commemorations, and Chanukah, Passover and Purim celebrations. Our community meeting is held in the David G. Willens Community Room of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, generally the third Sunday afternoon during the months of December, January, February, March, April and May. These programs are devoted to topics of interest to humanists and Jews alike. The public is always invited to attend these functions.