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Natural Awakenings Sarasota / Manatee / Charlotte

Judaism Beyond God

Sep 01, 2016 12:19AM

Feeling a sense of connectedness to a community of like-minded people is of optimum importance to most people. Sarasota local Edith “Edie” Kaplan is no different. She describes her spiritual experience in this way, “Born and raised in a Jewish household, I was brought to synagogue, watched my mother light candles on Friday evening, and attended the Passover Seders and Rosh Hashanah dinners prepared by my grandmother. After I became a wife and mother, I began sowing the seeds of faith in my children, but when attending religious services, I always felt like an outsider. Somehow, I never felt a connection to the words, ideas or deeper meanings of my faith. 

Today, however, I feel connected as a member of the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Sarasota where we all celebrate our humanness. This organization is comprised of individuals who identify as citizens of the universe, skeptical of untested claims to knowledge and open to novel ideas to seek new departures in our thinking. They believe in optimism rather than pessimism, hope rather than despair, learning rather than dogma, truth rather than ignorance, joy rather than guilt, tolerance rather than fear, love rather than hatred, compassion rather than selfishness, and reason rather than blind faith. Come experience a service for yourself to learn and grow from this wonderful philosophy. You don’t have to be Jewish to attend 


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