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The Birmingham Temple is the first Humanistic Jewish congregation. It was founded by the late Rabbi Sherwin Wine in Birmingham, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit), in 1963. It would later relocate to its present location on Twelve Mile Road in Farmington Hills.

As being part of the Humanistic Judaism movement, the Birmingham Temple observes holidays, traditions and rituals focused on the humanistic and cultural aspects of Judaism, rather than the religious aspects. For example: for Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the Jewish boy or girl picks a hero in Judaism that he or she connects with and writes a thesis, which is ultimately given to the congregation. The person works with a mentor, a senior member at the temple, in studying many different heroes before finally choosing one to write the paper on. The paper highlights important contributions the individual makes/made in his or her life to humanity, and why and how the hero was humanistic. Unlike other Bar Mitzvah services where there is usually silence throughout, at the Birmingham Temple there is usually a round of applause at the end of Mitzvah presentation for recognition of his or her achievement.

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