The PCCJ is a small secular Jewish community in Orange County which serves its members with High Holiday services, social activities, holiday celebrations, and fun and food.
PCCJ has historical roots from the 1970’s. It is product of small groups that have formed and broken up over time. The Jewish Secular Association (JSA) was formed in the 1970’s by a few liberal Jewish families living mostly in southern Los Angeles County. The JSA ran a Jewish Sunday school, called the Kindershule.
Another group, The Pacific Congregation for Humanistic Judaism was formed in the early 1990’s. The Pacific Congregation also ran a Jewish Sunday school, called the Jewish Culture School.
In the late 1990’s, the Jewish Secular Association and the Pacific Congregation merged.
The resulting “Secular/Humanistic” organization ended up being called the Pacific Community of Cultural Jews (PCCJ). PCCJ is affiliated with the national movements SHJ and CSJO. PCCJ ran a Jewish Sunday school until 2007.
PCCJ has a membership of around 40 households, as of 2018. PCCJ does not own any building, and is entirely volunteer-led. Its events, including High Holidays, are held at community centers and members’ houses. We strive to be an open and welcoming community for secular (non-religious) Jews.