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Started by Freethinker31. Last reply by Freethinker31 on Saturday. 2 Replies

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Comment by Ruthe on February 27, 2010 at 10:24am
Have your own secular sedar! Invite other freethinkers!

Resources:
http://www.shj.org/passover.htm
http://www.shj.org/PassoverResources.htm
http://www.culturaljudaism.org/ccj/jlc/C17/
http://citycongregation.org/celebrations/holidays.html
http://www.jbooks.com/secularculture/Chalom.htm
http://www.machar.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=categor...

I am fortunate to have The Birmingham Temple, the Society for Humanistic Judaism and the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in my neighborhood (Metro Detroit). Also Arbiter Ring, Jewish Parents Institute and Shalom Aleichem.

I will compromise and attend a sedar that is not entirely secular ONLY if I can read what I bring of my own choosing :)

HTH!
Comment by Jennifer Kaufman on February 27, 2010 at 9:46am
What do you all do at passover time? My family won't invite me for dinner since my hubby and I won't seder with them.
Comment by Mike Brownstein on January 30, 2010 at 9:12pm
I'm learning hebrew right now, and plan to learn arabic at some point.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on January 27, 2010 at 4:03pm
I see the Israeli Atheists posts are almost entirely in Hebrew. I'm curious as to whether there are any Arab members.
Comment by Eric on January 26, 2010 at 11:14pm
@Ruthe, Thanks for the FB link! I've now joined Israeli Atheists on FB.
Comment by Ruthe on January 26, 2010 at 10:20pm
Matthew...cool! I'll show Daniel.

Ralph...I'm a JAtheist but not 'coming from Judaism' in the sense that I had to deconvert from being a believer. I didn't for a moment think I'd not be welcomed here because I'm a third gen JAtheist rather than deconverted from believing. Why do you think think JA friends aren't welcome here? I didn't get that idea at all.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on January 26, 2010 at 9:55pm
The atheist Mogen Dovid is quite creative. One point of clarification: Black Freethought is not just for black atheists; it's for all interested in the subject. There are non-Jews with an interest in Jewish culture and affairs. The future will not be like the past. People who carry on traditions may not in the long run be exactly the same people who initiated them, esp. in the USA, where each successive generation is radically different from the previous one.
Comment by Matthew F. on January 26, 2010 at 9:53pm
Thank you.. I changed the logo again. Love the StAr of DAvid..
Comment by Ruthe on January 26, 2010 at 9:35pm
Matthew...Daniel De Wit, Israeli Atheists (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=20521790282&re...), gave permission to use his art freely. I get so many compliments on it! I'd love it if you'd use it here. I'd show Daniel :) Anyone else can copy Daniel's art too! Pass it around!
Comment by Matthew F. on January 26, 2010 at 8:34pm
Hello Jewish Atheist group members. I created this group soon after joining Atheist Nexus. I wanted to find other "Jewish Atheists". I was raised in Reform Judaism and wavered between theism and agnotic most of my life. That's until 5+ years ago when.. you know.. I began to question my faith but only started to do so while preparing my on children for Bar Mitzvah. Its funny that I tried to renew my faith by learning what I could to help my children.

It took a few years of painful reflection but I finally settled into being an Atheist. I still consider myself a "Jew".. Just like someone would consider themselves Italian or Greek. It is our cultural background that makes us Jewish.. not our former religious beliefs. You would not expect an Irish man to stop calling themselves Irish just because they become an Atheist? Would you?

I am sorry for not being around. Life gets a head of us sometimes. I went through the wall posts and appreciate the discussion. I don't think I will change the group description. It is exactly what I intended. I do not think it is exclusionary at all. No more exclusionary that the "Black Freethought" or "Atheist Writers" groups. I am not black and I am not a writer.. I don't feel left out. Those groups simply don't hold any interest to me.
The purpose of groups is for people of like interests to socialize. I did change the group logo. Anyone have other suggestions?

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