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It is not uncommon among Unitarian Universalists (UU) to be ethnically, culturally, or spiritually Jewish, and we have become a religious home to many interfaith families. Roughly a quarter of all members of Unitarian Universalist congregations draw inspiration from Jewish theological perspectives. One of the sources we draw upon in our worship and religious education is "Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves."
Unitarian Universalist congregations celebrate some of the major Jewish holidays. You’ll find our practices vary among our diverse and independent congregations. In the fall you might see a Sunday service drawing on themes from Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In the winter, you might hear a reading about religious freedom and Hanukkah. Children might light a menorah in the service, then play with dreidels in Sunday School. In the spring, worship services often tell the story of the Exodus, and some congregations gather around an all-ages all-faiths table to join in a celebratory Passover Seder. A sermon any time of year might include some wisdom from the Bible, some interpretation from the Talmud, a Hasidic tale, or a funny story from Jewish culture.
Unitarian Universalism honors the differing spiritual paths we each travel. Our congregations are places where we celebrate, support, and challenge one another as we continue on these journeys.
"Sabbath: An Ecological Spiritual Delight" from UUWorld
"What Can Jewish Orthodoxy Teach Us?" from UUWorld
Pamphlet text: “Can We Find a Home Here? Answering Questions of Interfaith Couples” (order)
Pamphlet text: UU Views of the Bible (order)
Connect with Jewish UUs: Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness
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Last updated on Monday, November 24, 2014.
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