Secular Jewish Ceremonies
for cultural Jews, their partners and their families
About Rabbi Schweitzer
Joining the Jewish People
Rabbi Peter's Writings
HOW CAN I HELP?
Talks and Writings by Rabbi Peter Schweitzer
Hear What Rabbi Peter Schweitzer Has To Say (on Youtube)
What is the place of Torah in Humanistic Judaism?
What is the Humanistic Jewish approach to the Memorial Service on Yom Kippur?
Do Humanistic Jews embrace or reject intermarriage?
What is The Future of Judaism?
How are we welcoming in Humanistic Judaism?
Rabbi Schweitzer's Thoughts on the Attack in Nice, France
A Secular Humanistic Response to Crisis
(July 17, 2016)
Rabbi Schweitzer's Approach to Secular Cultural Weddings
New Ways To Say "I Do"
(Jewish Currents, January-Febuary, 2008)
Rabbi Schweitzer is quoted on the need for a uniquely secular approach to grieving.
Grief without God is a challenge for nonbelievers
(Washington Post, Feb. 17, 2012)
Rabbi Schweitzer explains that Humanistic rabbis do not require circumcision for welcoming a child into the Jewish people.
New York Magazine
(Oct. 18, 2009)
Rabbi Schweitzer's OP-ED Article in the New York Times, October 13, 2008
People of the Button
Rabbi Schweitzer's Personal Journey
A Rabbi's Journey to Secular Humanistic Judaism (Shma, 2000)
Rabbi Schweitzer's Collection of Jewish-Americana
The Making of a Collection
"On Becoming Rabbi of The City Congregation"
(May 5, 2006)
Letters to the Editor
A welcoming statement on intermarriage.
(Jewish Week, July 13, 2007)
Intermarriage Seen Roiling Reform Ranks
(June 15, 2007).
On marriage in Israel.
(New York Times, March 16, 2008)
How Do You Prove You're a Jew
(March 2, 2008).
Memorial to September 11
Fifth Anniversary Memorial to the World Trade Center Tragedy
(Rosh Hashanah 2006)
"A Modern Lamentation"
(September 7, 2002)
Eilu v'Eilu Discussion
, March 2008
Under the auspices of the Union for Reform Judaism
Can a person consider her or himself to be a good Jew and not believe in God?
Rabbi Schweitzer's Opening Statement
Rabbi Schweitzer's Second Statement
Rabbi Schweitzer's Responses to Questions
Rabbi Schweitzer's Closing Statement
High Holiday Talks
"Make Us a King"
(Rosh Hashanah 2016)
"The Scourge of Gun Violence"
"Not That Kind of Faith"
(Yom Kippur 2016)
"Hubble at 25"
(Rosh Hashanah 2015)
"The Time is Now"
(Rosh Hashanah 2014)
(Yom Kippur 2014)
"Responsibility and Accountability"
(Rosh Hashanah 2013)
(Yom Kippur 2013)
"Abraham and Me"
(Rosh Hashanah 2012)
(Yom Kippur 2012)
"Facing the Bad Things of Nature and Human Hands"
(Rosh Hashanah 2011)
"Anthony Weiner and the Challenge of Confession"
(Yom Kippur 2011)
(Rosh Hashanah 2010)
(Yom Kippur 2010)
(Rosh Hashanah 2009)
"Destiny and Dignity"
Yom Kippur 2009)
"The Great Jewish Day of Personal Global Positioning"
(Rosh Hashanah 2008)
"Politics, Politicians, Yom Kippur and Ourselves"
(Yom Kippur 20008)
"Thinking About My Own Mortality"
(Yom Kippur Memorial 2008)
(Rosh Hashanah 2007)
"In Search of Serenity"
(Yom Kippur 2007)
"A Eulogy for Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine"
(Yom Kippur Memorial 2007)
"LIfe in a Falling Rock Zone"
(Rosh Hashanah 2006)
"What does Pluto have to do with it?"
(Yom Kippur 2006)
Haroset Recipes from Around the World
Ten Modern Eco-Plagues
(2003) PDF Version
Liberation, Then and Now
(2016) (Jewish Week article about my Seder experience and the development of my haggadah)
"New Jewish Rituals" column in Jewish Currents magazine
Secular Jews and Jewish Ritual
Secular High Holidays: Opportunities for Innovative Expression
Secular Jewish Weddings: New Ways to Say "I Do"
The Evolution of New Holidays
The Morris U. Schappes Centennial Lecture and Performance Series
Sponsored by Jewish Currents and The Workmen's Circle
"Varieties of Jewish Secularism"
(December 19, 2007)
"Ask the Rabbi"
Rabbi Peter Schweitzer provides a Humanistic Jewish perspective in
's "Ask the Rabbi" column. Here is a selection of some of the responses.
Is there ever a time to tell a lie?
Should Jewish children be allowed to take part in Christmas caroling?
What does Judaism have to say about life after death?
What does Judaism have to say about organ donation?
How should we view unmarried pregnant women?
How should we seek forgiveness?
Should Jewish children Trick or Treat?
When, and how, should parents start discussing sex with their children?
What healing alternatives to modern medicine does Judaism offer?
Why are Jews called the
What does Judaism say about being a workaholic?
What does Judaism say about gossip?
How does Israel help Jews be Jews
Who cares what women wear (or don't wear?)
Does politics belong on the bima?
What is your favorite Jewish book?
Should the U.S. have a Chief Rabbi?
What ethical lessons can be learned from the Bernie Madoff scandal?
Are tattoos and body piercings taboo?
When does life begin?
What is a self-hating Jew?
What is a rabbi's role today?
What does Judaism teach about envy?
What does it mean to be Jewish today?
Do Jews ask too many questions?
Who is your favorite Biblical character?
What new commandment should be added to the existing ten?
What guidance would you give your child if he or she told you s/he was gay?
Do Jews believe in an afterlife?
What is the greatest sin for which the Jewish community should make atonement?
Are there fundamental human rights in Judaism?