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West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations North American Conference

May 24, 2013 4:00 PM-May 27, 2013 10:00 AM

The Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations (CSJO) will hold its 2013 North American Conference on the campus of West Chester University over Memorial Day weekend.

The annual Conference of CSJO is a highlight of the year for this multi-generational and diverse community that celebrates Jewish identity and culture consistent with a humanistic philosophy of life.   

The public is invited to join the Conference on Friday evening, May 24, 2013, 7:15 PM for an innovative and interactive Shabbes program led by Philadelphia area teens and young adults who are affiliated with the Jewish Children’s Folkshul.   Following the program, those gathered will share delicious treats at the Oneg and will be entertained by Klezmer musicians, led by David Kutzik and his local group of jazz-influenced musicians.

In keeping with the tone of the retreat, teen participants will experience their own supervised post-Shabbes program, while adults will create camaraderie through song, led by Art Miron, a well-known Philadelphia guitarist and balladeer. Friday night events are free and open to the public.

The Conference continues with break-out sessions held on-campus on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 & 26, 2013.  Participants might have difficulty choosing among the interesting lectures and workshops, including topics such as “The Jewish Stake in Immigration Reform,” “Jewish Genealogy,” ”The history of the Jewish Labor Movement,” and “The Jewish connections evident in the work of Marc Chagall”.  Saturday and Sunday evenings will feature dinner and entertainment.  For registration info and fees, visit

 The 2013 program is hosted by the Kehillah for Secular Jews in the Delaware Valley, an umbrella organization that integrates six secular Jewish organizations under one “big tent” – a “tent” that allows people to fulfill their need for community with like-minded fellow Jews, without requiring a belief in God.  As described by Joseph Kemp in a recent edition of Inside Magazine, the Secular Jewish movement  “…creates and uses non-theistic Jewish rituals, services, and celebrations that evoke the ethical core of Jewish history, literature, and culture…” 

For those interested in exploring the West Chester area by bicycle, several local secular cyclists will lead a 15-30 mile tour on Monday morning, May 27th, beginning at 10am.  This adjunct activity is open to casual and serious riders; it is not a part of the official Conference. Those interested should plan to BYO-Bike and helmet and confirm their interest in this activity by contacting Karen & David at [email protected]

Please contact one of the Conference Co-Chairs for more information, or register directly for the conference via the CSJO website, <>. Accommodations are limited; participants can save money by registering before May 5, 2013  (Check-out the Conference on Facebook: <

Press Contacts:

Karen Katz

PR/Publicity 2013 CSJO Conference       

[email protected]   215-860-6869

Terry Waslow

Co-Chair, 2013 CSJO Conference  [email protected]   267-312-7635     

Sarah Waslow

Washington, Co-Chair, 2013 CSJO Conference  [email protected] 


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