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About Us

Oraynu celebrates Jewish heritage and culture in a secular humanistic way

Founded in 1969 as the Secular Jewish Association by a group of families, Oraynu is based on the cultural and philosophical ideals of the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah) that originated more than 200 years ago. It has since been active in the establishment and development of both the North American and International movements for Secular Humanistic Judaism. Ideological, ceremonial and educational leadership is provided by ordained Rabbis and Madrikhim (Leaders).

Mission Statement

Oraynu provides, to the broadest extent and highest standards, all the services required of a caring Jewish congregation guided by a secular humanistic philosophy and approach. We offer an inclusive and welcoming environment that encourages the exploration of our personal and communal concerns and interests.

Intermarried Couples

At Oraynu, we honour your choice to spend your life with the one you love. You will be welcomed and respected. At Oraynu, intermarried couples participate in all aspects of our Congregation and bring their own unique and special contributions to our community.

Oraynu Introduction by Rabbi Denise Handlarski

About Oraynu, with Rabbi Karen Levy and Oraynu members

Oraynu events and activities

Oraynu Children’s School