Kol Haverim is a community for Humanistic Judaism in Ithaca, New York. Together since 1999, we explore and celebrate what it means to be Jewish from a Secular and Humanistic perspective. Kol Haverim provides a welcoming approach to Jewish celebrations for all people who value Jewish identify by birth, by choice, or by association and desire to express their connection to Jewish heritage and culture consistent with a humanistic philosophy of life. We engage in self-reflection and take responsibility for working toward “Tikkun Olam” – repairing the world. We are an inclusive congregation that welcomes all kinds of families, whether blended, traditional, interfaith, intercultural, or interracial, and people of all races, genders, and sexual orientations.
Specifically, we offer:
Celebrations of Jewish holidays – the High Holidays, Hanukkah, Passover, etc. for the whole family
Social, cultural and educational programs and experiences for adults and kids
A non-traditional way to affiliate with the Jewish community
An affirmation of our contemporary Jewish identity while preserving our connection to the past and linking us to the future