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PRESIDENT: MARY RASKIN
Mary Raskin Mary is an Independent Member from Portland, Oregon who fully embraced Humanistic Judaism in 2006. Mary has served on the SHJ Board since 2014 and was instrumental in planning SHJ’s at 50 initiative. Mary was certified as a Madrikha in 2014 and is currently enrolled in the rabbinic program.
VICE PRESIDENT: VICTORIA RATNASWAMY
Victoria Ratnaswamy, an active long-time member of Kol Hadash, IL, serves as the chair of a KH group called String Theory and is on their Steering and Youth Education committees. She is the parent of three children, who have attended Sunday School, two of whom are current HuJews participants. Victoria is a former high school history and social studies teacher and is involved in a variety of volunteer efforts including voter registration.
TREASURER: ARTHUR LIEBHABER
Arthur Liebhaber, a retired librarian, is currently administrator/moderator of the SHJ Discussion Facebook group and the Birmingham Temple Facebook page. His volunteer work keeps him busy and fulfilled.
SECRETARY: MARLENE COHEN
Marlene Cohen is a long-time member of Machar and serves as chair of the SHJ Youth Education Committee. She is a retired professor of Communication and was director of the International Education Center at Prince George’s Community College, Maryland. She is currently a part-time professor at University of Maryland.
PAST PRESIDENT: RICHARD LOGAN
Richard D. Logan is past president of Or Emet, Twin Cities, MN. He is an author and retired professor of Psychology. He also serves on the Board of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism.
CHAIR – JEWS FOR A SECULAR DEMOCRACY: SHEILA SEBOR
Sheila Sebor of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in Lincolnshire, IL, is a past Chair of the Kol Hadash Steering Committee and currently serves as Membership Committee Chair. She has 25+ years’ experience managing a non-profit membership organization and is the chair of SHJ’s Jews for a Secular Democracy initiative.
AT-LARGE: ANDREA FRIEDLANDER
Andrea Friedlander is a past president of SHJ and a founding member of Kol Hadash, in suburban Chicago, where she served as chair of the Steering Committee and a long-time chair of the Membership Committee. She is the 2018 recipient of the Sherwin T. Wine Lifetime Achievement Award. Andrea is a retired attorney.
AT LARGE: EVELYN GOLDSTEIN
Evelyn Goldstein is currently a member of Oraynu Congregation in Toronto, Ontario. She is a former principal of the Religious School and Past-President of Congregation Sinai in San Jose, California. Prior to retiring, she taught high school level history in San Jose.
AT LARGE: SUSAN HERSCHMAN
Susan Herschman grew up at the Birmingham Temple and was married by Rabbi Wine. Once she had children, she realized that only a Humanistic congregation would be the right fit and helped to found Kahal Chaverim, Morris County, NJ.
AT-LARGE: SUSAN RYAN
Susan Ryan is co-chair of the SHJ Community Development and Enrichment Committee and the secretary of The City Congregation in New York City. She and her family have been members of The City Congregation for over 20 years, and her son grew up with Humanistic Judaism. Susan has served on City Congregation’s board since 2009.
Darlene Basch is a past president of Machar and current rabbi committee chair. Happily retired from the State Department where she worked as a Russian Foreign Policy analyst, she now enjoys volunteering at an animal shelter and local arts venue.
Stephanie Blum, a member of the Birmingham Temple, is an attorney for the Transportation Security Administration, where she defends the agency in personnel and EEO matters.
William N. (“Bill”) Brostoff, PhD, Kol Hadash, Berkeley, CA, is a recently retired research ecologist/environmental manager striving to improve scientific literacy and ethics in the environmental management community.
Karen Century is the president of Kol Haskalah: A Humanistic Jewish Congregation in Chapel Hill, NC.
Scott Chazdon is the president of Or Emet, Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. He is happy to have found a home with Humanistic Judaism after trying most of the other branches of Judaism during his lifetime.
Jeffrey Friedman, resides in Leawood, Kansas, a Kansas City suburb. He has lived in the KC area all of his life and experienced his Bar Mitzvah at a “conservadox” synagogue in 1970. He has always cherished Jewish traditions and practices but not without asking why. Jeff is organizing a community in his area.
Suzie Friedman is a member of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Temple, Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Farmington Hills, MI.
Lisa Gardner-Springer has been a member of Or Emet, Minnesota’s congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism since 2008 and has served on SHJ’s board since 2016. Lisa has served in several leadership roles at Or Emet, among them as its co-president, as an at-large member on Or Emet’s Executive Committee, and as director of the Cultural School. Her day job is in foundation fundraising for Public Radio International, and she spends her free time playing tennis, cycling, running, and reading.
Rick Gold, an international democracy assistance specialist and former Machar president, led the congregation’s adult education and social action programs and guided b’nai mitzvah parents. He is organizing the Humanistic Judaism Community of Gainesville, Florida.
Allen Gorrelick is a member of Congregation Beth Adam in Boca Raton, Florida. He grew up in New York, spent most of his adult life in Maryland and now lives in Florida. Prior to retiring, he was president of an actuarial consulting firm specializing in the pension field. He also worked a number of years on Wall Street as a security analyst.
Lee Jacobi has served for two decades on the board of the Pacific Community in Orange County, CA, most recently as vice president.
Jeremy Kridel is the Rabbi at Machar, The Washington congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism and former editor of SHJ’s Humanist Magazine. Jeremy has been part of the SHJ board for many years.
Rob Lasker, a past president of the Birmingham Temple, has served as an SHJ at-large board member for several years and has been BT’s designee. He’s been in the movement since 1967, when his family joined the Birmingham Temple.
Jon Levine, an active member of Kahal B’raira and SHJ, has experience as both a child and parent of an interfaith family. His two children were active in KB and HuJews Conclave. He is the co-chair of the Community Development and Enrichment Committee.
Sheila Malcolm wears many hats at Beth Ami – Colorado Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, including as a Madrikha, ceremonial officiant, Adult Ed facilitator and Program Committee member.
E. Ronald Milan, a member of the Birmingham Temple for many years, also served as treasurer of the SHJ for several years. He maintains the Library for Secular Humanistic Judaism. A life-long secular Jew, his Milan Press has published numerous works with the SHJ and the IISHJ.
Libby Otto is the chair of the leadership council, a senior in college and a member of the Secular Jewish Circle, Seattle, WA.
Bill Parsons is a member of Or Adam in Scottsdale, AZ. Bill is a native New Yorker, raised in the Chicago area, who lives in Scottsdale with his wife and little boy. Bill is a small-business owner, with 40 years of IT and social-work background. An avid reader, occasional writer, and political junkie, Bill came to Or Adam from the Reform tradition, where he serves on the Finance Committee, holds the Security/Public Safety portfolio, and is incoming board Vice President.
Dana Preis, a lifelong Connecticut native, he and his wife Deirdra are the parents of 3 wonderful daughters. He is a financial advisor and has been on the CHJ Board of Directors for 14 years, serving as president and treasurer. His true passion, wife and daughters aside, is the guitar.
Susan Rubin, a social worker, has spent the majority of her professional life working for the Jewish community. She is married to Marshall Rubin, who is also a social worker. They are members of the founding group of the Secular Humanist Jewish Circle in Tucson, AZ.
Amy Schneider, a retired software engineer, has been an active member of Kahal B’raira in Boston for over 25 years. She and her husband, Ed Sciore, raised both children, Leah and Aaron, in the Jewish Humanistic tradition.
Barry Swan is a Madrikh serving Beth Haskalah, Rochester, NY. A retired social studies teacher and teachers union advocate, he represents his union and Beth Haskalah in the Labor Religion Coalition.
Jeff Treistman is a member of Secular Jewish Circle in Seattle, WA. He is a board member at SJC, and a teacher.
Serena Bernstein is a member of of Kahal B’raira, Cambridge, MA.
Aliza Kopans is a member of Kahal B’raira, Cambridge, MA.
Ari Lazar is a member of the Secular Jewish Circle, Seattle, WA.
Jennie Morris is a member of Oraynu Congregation in Toronto, ON