We All Fall Down
by Lila Rose Kaplan
A seder might be all about order, but you wouldn’t know it when the Stein family gets together for Passover. Maybe the chaos stems from no one knowing why they’ve suddenly been summoned home for the holiday. Or maybe it’s because no one in the house has done anything even remotely religious for decades. In between group yoga, phone calls with the Ellen show, and plague finger puppets, the Stein family will have to decide if they can come together as a family – or if this age-old tradition will finally tear them apart.
Oct 22nd and 23rd at: Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road in Penn Valley
Oct 29th and 30th at: Kaiserman JCC, 45 Haverford Rd, Wynnewood
Stagebill and casting information coming soon!
Secular Judaism - What's it All About?
WHO ARE SECULAR JEWS?
According to a 2020 study by the Pew Research Center, 27% of American Jews identify as “Jews of no religion”: “Jewish ethnically, culturally or by family background… describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or ‘nothing in particular’ rather than as Jewish.”
JewBelong - an organization dedicated to fighting antisemitism and encouraging participation in Jewish holidays, rituals, and thought – prefers to refer to “Jews of no religion” as “Disengaged Jews”.
WHAT ARE SECULAR JUDAISM'S ORIGINS?
Some secular Jews like to trace their origins back to Baruch Spinoza who, despite being excommunicated for his scientific beliefs, remained interested in Jewish thought and ideas. In fact, Spinoza became a hero for early Zionists, themselves socialist and secular.
The assimilation of Jews that became possible in some nations in the late 18th and 19th centuries encouraged secular Judaism, relegating religion to a private enterprise or making religious expression seem incongruous with the newly adopted state.
WHAT DEFINES SECULAR JUDAISM?
Two tenants from the International Institute of Jewish Secular Humanistic Judaism state: “Judaism is the culture of the Jewish people, which includes many religious and secular traditions” and “a Jew is any person who chooses to identify with the fate and culture of the Jewish people.”
Or, put more succinctly by writer and media personality Bob Garfield, “We don’t necessarily believe in God, but we believe deeply in bagels and lox.”