Society for Humanistic Judaism
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The Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ) is an organization which was formed in 1969 by formerly-Reform Jewish rabbi Sherwin Wine (1928-2007), who had experienced a drift away from theistic views during his university years but subsequently became a rabbi for a number of congregations and a chaplain for the U.S. Army, only to then make the fateful decision in 1963 to eliminate any reference to "God" in future services for his congregation in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The resulting concoction, a tradition which focuses on Jewish history, culture, and ethical values without any supernatural references, was deemed by Wine as "Humanistic Judaism".
The society also has an "academic and intellectual" arm called the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism.