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Tradition and Freedom:
Secular Humanistic Judaism and Jewish Culture

May 17-19, 2019

A weekend experience for anyone seeking to learn more about Secular Humanistic Judaism.
All are welcome: Jewish, Secular Jewish, and 
everyone else!

Have you ever wondered ...

  • How is Judaism relevant in the 21st century?
  • Can I be secular and also Jewish?
  • How does Secular Humanistic Judaism fit with other types of Judaism?
  • Can we create a cohesive community out of Jewish diversity?

Meet our 2019 Scholar in Residence

Rabbi Adam Chalom, Dean
North America International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism

Rabbi Chalom is a leading voice in the national and international movement of Secular Humanistic Judaism. He will lead us in a lively discussion of how we can celebrate our Jewish inheritance in a way that is consistent with a secular, humanistic philosophy of life. Rabbi Chalom, a dynamic and illuminating speaker, is known for his ability to connect with diverse audiences and his disarming sense of humor.

Friday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 801 Charlotte Highway, Fairview, NC 28730

Shabbat Service, Discussion and Oneg: Say What You Believe  (free and open to the public)
Rabbi Chalom will co-lead the service with Cantor Deb Winston, followed by a post-service discussion on how - and why - Secular Humanistic Jewish services and holiday celebrations differ from other branches of Judaism.
Get a map and directions to the Shabbat Service [ HERE ]

Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Ambrose West, 312 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806

The Importance of Words and Deeds
Rabbi Chalom will help us explore traditional Jewish values and practices from the Bible and beyond. What from our Jewish cultural inheritance will we choose to celebrate? How can we approach these traditions in ways that honor both the past and present?

Sunday, May 19, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Ambrose West, 312 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806

Two Jews, Three Opinions: What Do Secular Humanistic Jews Believe and How Can They Create Community in Diversity?
Creating one Secular Humanistic Jewish community from many beliefs, backgrounds and individuals can be like "herding Katzes," but it can also be a wonderful chance to be enriched by diversity.

Friday evening Shabbat service, discussion and oneg are free and open to the public.
Registration required for Saturday and Sunday program: $25 JSCA members; $35 non-members
All members must register seperately. Sorry, registration fees for this event are non-refundable.

Watch the JSCA website - online registration opens in mid-February

Space is limited - register early [ REGISTER ]
Download a mail-in registration form [ HERE ]

Map and directions:
Get directions to Friday Shabbat Services [ HERE ]

Saturday and Sunday Map and directions:

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