Who is this site for?
This site is for
anyone who wants to engage with their Jewish heritage and culture. It is for grandparents who want to invite
their children and grandchildren over on Friday nights For parents who want to celebrate with their own
children For neighbors with or without children. Students. Teens. Adults. For anybody who thinks they might
not important what you believe about God. Many people believe in a personal God. Provided people do not hassle
other people about their belief in God, it is irrelevant to the members of the Good Shabbos
You can discuss the question of 'Who is a Jew?' ad infinitum and never
get close to finality. The subject is a waste of time because you are unlikely to be in a position where you will
take notice of the Rabbonim who worry about just how kosher you are. If you are not religious it simply does not
matter. You will make your own rules.
The best policy is to accept the idea that Jews are people who want to be Jews. They can be born Jewish, have a Jewish mother OR father; be the partner
of a Jewish person; or just feel they want to be Jewish. As long as you accept
the history and the destiny an culture of the Jewish people and are happy to say that you are Jewish, then
join the club.
There are probably more than ten million Jews
just like you.
If you don't want to be Jewish, then this is the wrong site for
Why be Jewish? What's in it for you?
Your identity is very important –
to you. You make friends when you share similar interests with other people with a shared identity – if you grew
up in a Jewish family it is likely that you celebrated the rhythm of a Jewish family with births, Bar Mitzvahs,
weddings, deaths and family reunions with grandparents and cousins and machatanim – relatives on the other side.
It is widely accepted that home and family are central to Jewish family life. Being among people with a similar background makes life much less
complicated than having to try and establish what your common ground is. If you are Jewish and you meet someone
Jewish you are immediately more likely to be on the same page.
The idea of this website is a
response to the notion that the organised religious Jewish community have done a good job perpetuating their own version of being Jewish but they have ignored the
huge numbers of Jews not interested in that type of identity. The established secular community has done a great
job establishing the intellectual legitimacy of secular Judaism but has not succeeded in sharing those notions
with the vast majority of secular Jews who are looking for another type of Judaism. If you live in a city with a
Jewish community it is likely that the established religious community is the only lighthouse with a strong
beacon. The secular and unaffiliated can only find their lighthouse with great difficulty or not at all – it
probably does not exist. That is why you are likely to make your community from people who live locally or from people you meet or who contact you via social media
As you go through the material on
the WEEKLY CONTENT you will read about the rich tapestry of the Jewish people through the centuries. This is
your people. Only by doing things together and joining in with others to have fun and meet regularly can you
make a difference.
I want to suggest that you support local
secular Jewish organisations. Only by making them strong can
the strength of the Jewish Secular Humanistic community be a force
within the Jewish world and get the recognition it deserves. Their existence lends credibility to your
decision to be Jewish in a way that suits you.