Havdalah service at Compo Beach Saturday, Aug. 20

Congregation for Humanistic Judaism will hold a free family-friendly evening on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m., at Compo Beach in Westport. The evening begins with socializing and ends with a service as the sun sets. Havdalah is the concluding celebration of Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. The traditional symbols of wine, braided candle, and spice box will be used in a brief humanistic ceremony.

This annual membership event is open to the public. Prospective members, current members and guests all mingle in the warm, communal atmosphere provided by good company and a beautiful outdoor setting. Families are welcome.

To attend, RSVP to 203-293-8867 or [email protected] Guests are asked to pack their own picnic dinner and supplies. The Congregation will provide dessert.

For directions to Compo Beach, Google Compo Beach Westport, or leave a message at the above number and your call will be returned. Mention the Havdalah event at the gate for a temporary parking pass. Meet at the CHJ banner on the beach; drive straight after gate until you can’t go any further, then turn right and look for the banner on the left. The service begins at sundown on the beach. Flashlights and chairs or blankets are recommended. Rain date is Aug. 27.

Humanistic Judaism emphasizes personal responsibility in fulfilling the Jewish ideals of loving kindness, justice, and good deeds, ethical ideals that are shared by Jewish tradition and humanist philosophy. Humanistic Jews practice in personally meaningful ways, consistent with a modern understanding of the world. CHJ offers a Sunday School for school children from kindergarten through Bar/Bat Mitzvah, as well as adult education.

Because the Congregation is a warm and welcoming community, interfaith couples also find it to be the right place for their families. An Open House is scheduled for Sunday morning, Sept 11, at Bedford Middle School in Westport 9:30-11:45.

Humanistic Judaism is the most recent group recognized as a major branch of Judaism by the United Jewish Communities. Our local CHJ Congregation was founded in 1967. Humanistic Judaism is now active in many countries throughout the world. For more information about the Open House, Sunday School, and CHJ, call 203-293-8867 or visit humanisticjews.org.

Congregation for Humanistic Judaism's 2014 Havdalah service .

Congregation for Humanistic Judaism’s 2014 Havdalah service .

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