The Jewish Cultural Society is the Secular Humanistic Jewish congregation in Ann Arbor.
- JCS was founded in 1965 and is Ann Arbor’s second oldest Jewish congregation (Read more about our history).
- JCS operates as a quasi-coop. There are salaried employees (Executive Director, Madrikha), but most of the program activities are carried out by volunteers from the membership, and all members are expected to volunteer for some activities. Although the Board of Directors is elected by the membership, in practice any member can volunteer to serve on the Board.
- JCS is a congregation, and does what most congregations do: sponsor life-cycle events (baby-naming, weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, funerals), holiday observances, social actions, sponsorships of Jewish community events, adult education, K-8 Sunday School, social events, etc. But JCS is not religious; we do not have prayer services, worship services, Torah reading and the like. (Read more about our philosophy and observances)
- In addition to a comprehensive Sunday school and Bnai Mitzfah program, JCS programs include First Friday Shabbat, Third Friday Havurah (a potluck once-a-month dinner at members’ houses for empty nesters), Rosh Hodesh and adult schmoozes.
- JCS is an active participant in the larger Jewish community. Its members have served as President and Vice-President of the Jewish Community Center, have served on the Board of the Jewish Federation, and in other leadership positions.
- JCS is a tax-exempt 501(C)3 organization under the IRS rules.