At Kahal B'raira, we celebrate Jewish holidays with secular humanist values.
Our holiday celebrations include:
Rosh Hashanah: We start the Jewish year with a thoughtful evening adult service and a morning family service, including separate activities for young children.
Yom Kippur: As Humanist Jews, we affirm the right of individuals to shape our own lives independent of supernatural authority throughout the year. At this time of year, we reflect on asking for human forgiveness, forgiving ourselves and others, and taking responsibility for self improvement. Our observances include:
- Evening Kol Nidre service
- Morning family service
- Mid-day adult/teen service
- Adult/teen and family break-fasts (we all enjoy the food even though many of us don't fast!).
We interviewed some KB members to get their views on how we practice Yom Kippur here at Kahal B'raira:
Sukkot: We celebrate the fall harvest holiday with a family service and community sukkah building, while we consider the meaning of home and wandering in Jewish history.
Simchas Torah: We discuss the torah's contribution to world literature and have a chance to view a torah scroll.
Chanukah: Emphasizing the human struggle for freedom, we celebrate Chanukah with a family service and rockin' party with activities for kids.
The Sunday School kids sang some songs for Chanukkah (or Thanksgivica) this past winter. We recorded it:
Tu B’Shvat: Adult and Sunday School education focuses on environmental protection, including a community Tu B'Shvat seder.
Purim: We celebrate this story of human heroes with a Purim Spiel by our Youth Group, a raucous Purim carnival for kids with costumes, games, groggers, and lots of fun.
We recorded the Youth Group's most recent Purim Spiel:
Passover: We hold a community seder using a secular Haggadah, which celebrates human freedom and dignity with the Passover story and traditional holiday symbols.
Yom Hashoah: We hold a moving Holocaust memorial service.