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Who We Are

Victoria Society for Humanistic Judaism provides a home for cultural Jews who want to retain identity with their Jewish heritage, culture and customs within a non-theistic environment.

VSHJ is an integral part of the Victoria Jewish Community. We take part in all community events and are represented on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Victoria & Vancouver Island, the Victoria Jewish Community Centre and the Victoria Jewish Burial Society.

Secular Humanistic Judaism is committed to maintaining Jewish culture and traditions. We celebrate traditional Jewish holidays and life ceremonies in many meaningful ways. Through the year, our members are able to feel the power of the High Holidays, the uniqueness of Chanukah, the significance of the Seder, the coming together in marriage, the joy of naming a baby, the nachas of the B’nai Mitzvah and the close connection when loved ones are interred or cremated with dignity and respect.

Our community meets once to twice a month usually on Saturday afternoons at the JCC in Victoria, for discussions on a variety of relevant topics, honouring of life cycles as well as celebrations of Shabbat, Havdalah, and major Jewish holidays. We create rich programs for Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Chanukah, Succot, Tu B’Shevat, Purim, Passover, Yom Hashoah and Shavuot.

Click the following link to download our brochure. VSHJ Brochure (17-07)