Rabbi Sherwin Wine founded the International
Federation of Secular Humanistic Jews in 1986. Tragically, Rabbi Wine was killed in Morocco in July 2007, leaving his
cherished global umbrella organization, created to unify world secular and humanistic Jewry, with a void that current management
is hard pressed to sustain as a facsimile, let alone expand from its eleven country base.
The Federation’s objective was not to minister to individuals, causing its name to become a
bit of a misnomer. Thus, on June 14, 2008, its successor was incorporated in Washington, the District of Columbia, as
the International Federation for Secular & Humanistic Judaism (“IFSHJ”). In order to fully grasp the
IFSHJ’s mission, it is recommended that the corporate charter, published herein, be studied by the reader. Since the
definition of secularism is intrinsic in humanism, our rabbis identify themselves, as do most adherents, as members of the
religious denomination, Humanistic Judaism.
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for Everyone ... without Dogma
consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."
"The pursuit of knowledge for
its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice and the desire for personal independence -- these are the features of the
Jewish tradition which make me thank my stars that I belong to it." (The World As I See It,) p.143