really me at this moment. I hope in the future that I can add some more names and it really is us. My name is
Ian Bersten and I live in Roseville, Sydney, Australia. For almost thirty years I have been involved on the fringes
of organised Secular Humanistic Judaism and I wondered for a long time why such a great movement had not captured
more adherents around the world. I have spoken with lots people involved in trying to bring Judaism to those who
didn't believe in the establishment religious version of Judaism. Those people included Rabbi Sherwin Wine of
Detroit, Rabbi Eva Goldfinger of Toronto, Bennett Muraskin of Morris Plains, NJ, Myrna Baron of NYC, Franco
Piazzese of Turin, Italy, and many others. None take any responsibility for what appears on this website - they may
even disapprove but they have been part of the evolution of ideas to make something to attract the millions of Jews
who cannot be bothered to join in the existing Jewish community.
I came to the conclusion that the congregational model was
the problem – people in general do not want to join organisations as they did in the past. Synagogues, Churches,
Rotary, Lions and other clubs have been facing declining numbers because we live in modern times. We have to adapt
to the fact that people can download information on a host of devices and interact with each other with mobile
phones. If you are in doubt about this read 'Bowling Alone' by Robert D. Putnam. The simple fact is that a
minuscule number of non-religious Jews have bothered to form their own congregations but they want to remain in
contact with their roots.
It is a fact that people no longer want to conform and so
what is on this site is just a suggestion. Do whatever you want. My only suggestion is that when you meet, that you
do something on a regular basis. Singing is very important. A little bit of ritual will appeal to
I think there should be a separate site for younger people
and perhaps versions for different age groups. That is to come. Do you want to help?
If you have constructive comments to improve the concept or
want to make a suggestion please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org