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Madrikha Beverly Zarnow

Soloist Janet Hammer


The Humanistic Jewish Congregation is a compelling option for modern Jewish identity in the San Diego Area. Humanistic Jews understand Judaism as the human-centered history, culture, civilization, ethical values, and shared experiences of the Jewish people. We believe that individuals shape their own lives independent of a supernatural authority. (philosophy)

You may recognize that our humanistic views of Jewish culture, traditions, and observances correspond with the way in which you would like to cherish your Judaism.  Our warm, caring community welcomes anyone who identifies with Judaism, including intercultural families. (about us)

We hope our website will give you an understanding of Humanistic Judaism and we encourage you to visit our congregation.  Please feel free to contact us for more information. 


Upcoming Events


Tikkum Olam
For all of our events, we will be having an ongoing food collection for needy families.
Please bring non-perishable items and we will distribute them throughout San Diego County.

Saturday, April 26 at 10:30am
Annual Meeting & Potluck
Mt. La Jolla Clubhouse
5490 Caminito Herminia, La Jolla

“It’s not easy these days to be a Humanistic Jew.” Rabbi Sherwin Wine, founder of the movement of Secular Humanistic Judaism in 1985, declared this more than twenty years after he formed the first SHJ community in Michigan. Today, fifty-one years later, is this statement still accurate? In order to answer that question, we must assert what we do believe and what value those beliefs hold for us.

Our Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 26 will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a presentation and dis-
cussion centered on what it means to be a secular Humanistic Jew today. This program is a great opportunity for guests to attend and find out more about Kahal Am and the SHJ movement.

This event will be held at the Mt. La Jolla Clubhouse, 5490 Caminito Herminia, La Jolla. There is parking and the clubhouse is handicap accessible. Note the different location and see the directions on the calendar page.

A potluck lunch will follow the program.  We ask our members to please use our sign up form to bring food for the potluck.


Saturday, May 3 at 10:00am
Adult Education Class
North University Community Library
8820 Judicial Dr., La Jolla

This month we will present our fourth class in the series Secular Spirituality: Passionate Journey to a Rational Judaism. We will show a video featuring a lecture by Norbert Samuelson on "Science and Spirituality."

Samuelson is the Grossman Chair of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University in the Department of Religious Studies. He has published seven books and over two hundred articles in the field of Jewish philosophy including, "Judaism and the Doctrine of Creation,” “Revelation and the God of Israel,” and “Jewish Philosophy: An Historical Introduction."

He will explore the idea that Einstein's life may serve as a model for Jewish spirituality in the framework of secular humanistic Judaism. We will discuss questions such as: Was Einstein secular? Did he believe in God? Was Einstein spiritual? Was Einstein a humanist?

Come join us on Saturday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. at the North University Community Library, 8820 Judicial Drive, La Jolla. Admission is free and no texts are required. For information contact Gary Zarnow at info@kahalam.org or 858-549-3088.


Saturday, May 17 at 10:30am
Encinitas Community Center
1140 Oakcrest Park Dr., Encinitas

For  4,000 years Jerusalem has been a precious jewel coveted by millions all over the Western world.  Today Jews, Muslims, and Christians debate over who should possess it. The Jewish experience of exile has inspired poets to write of its majesty, as in psalm 127, "If I forget thee, Oh Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy."

At the May 17 Shabbat celebration, starting at 10:30 a.m., Madrikha Beverly will share stories highlighting the history, culture, and geography of this remarkable site. Join us for a pleasant Sabbath celebration with music, a little ritual activity, and a sharing of Jerusalem memories.  An oneg refreshment will follow the program.


Sunday, May 18 from 11am-4pm
Yom Ha'atzmaut
Nobel Athletic Field, La Jolla

Join us at the San Diego Jewish community fair honoring the independence of Israel  ̶  Yom Ha'atzmaut. Jews will gather at Nobel Athletic Field on Sunday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to enjoy Israeli culture through food, music, dancing, products, and art. There will be many activities such as a petting zoo that children will enjoy. An easy Friendship Walk precedes the festival at 10:00 a.m. (walk registration is at 9:00 a.m. in the same location). WE CAN USE YOUR HELP at the booth for Kahal Am. Call Madrikha Beverly if you are available at 858-549-3088.