Secular Jewish Ceremonies
for cultural Jews, their partners and their families
About Rabbi Schweitzer
Joining the Jewish People
Rabbi Peter's Writings
Purim Update 2018
How Can I Help?
Purim Passover Resources
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?
High Holiday Talks 2017
(Rosh Hashanah 2017)
"The People, Places and Things We Have Cast Aside"
(Yom Kippur 2017)
"Journey to Judaism"
(Yom Kippur 2017)
Presentation by Matt Rand, City Congregation member
Introduction by Rabbi Schweitzer and Opening Talk from Heather Theiss
A Time to Preach, A Time to Impeach: A Meditation for the High Holidays, 2017
to download a PDF version of this article that was originally posted to Huffington Post.
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?
What does it mean to be pro-Israel today?
Are Jews still expecting the messiah?
Will it make a difference to Jews if there is a Mormon president?
Are we hard-wired for belief in God?
Is democracy a Jewish idea?
When did you realize you were a 'real' rabbi?
Does Jewish anxiety have a theological basis?
What Jewish principles are most valuable in counseling people about end-of-life care?
What are our duties as Jews towards our animals?
Should Jews be for or against the right to bear arms?
Are there times when a rabbi must express his or her political opinion from the pulpit?
In what ways, if any, do science and Judaism conflict?
Does Jewish law or tradition offer any guidance on contraception?
What does the Torah teach us about addiction?
Should Jews strive to be happy?
Do Jews have a different sense of sin from other people?
Are there aspects of Judaism that encourage arrogance or that help guard against it?
How do you decide when a candidate for conversion is ready to become Jewish?
Does Judaism impose limits on what art can, or should portray?
Is it permitted to invite a non-Jew to your Seder? And is it a good idea?
(March 31, 2015, on-line edition)
If you had to pass on just one nugget of Jewish wisdom to your children, what would it be?
Is whistleblowing a Jewish obligation?
Should rabbis talk to their congregants about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement?
What is our responsibility as Jews toward Syrian refugees?
Is there a ‘Jewish’ way to parent?
Is it appropriate for Jews to advocate for their religious choices in conversation with Jews who have chosen differently?
Are we commanded to vote?
A lost book of the Bible is discovered. What's in it?
Is it a serious moral failing for a politician to lie?
What guidance does Judaism offer to transgender people or those who are gender-noncomforming?
Is it the job of rabbis to fight intermarriage?
In our communities, how should we balance the demands of civility with the disapproval we may feel for someone's politics?
What should your congregants know about the Muslim faith?
What is the Jewish relationship to time?
What is the most important prayer we'll say this High Holidays season?
What does Jewish tradition say about becoming a single parent by choice?