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PRESIDENT: RABBI MARY RASKIN
Rabbi Mary Raskin is the rabbi of Cultural Synagogue serving Portland, Oregon and Southwest Washington. She was ordained by the IISHJ and holds a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from Spertus Institute in Chicago. Rabbi Mary has been enthusiastic about Humanistic Judaism since 2006. She has served as a director on the SHJ Board since 2014 and as president since 2020.
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 Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Metro Detroit 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.
AT LARGE: EVELYN GOLDSTEIN
Evelyn Goldstein is currently a member of Oraynu Congregation in Toronto, Ontario. She is the SHJ Chair of the Humanistic Jewish Role Model Committee. While living in San Jose, California, she was a former principal of Congregation Sinai’s Religious School and is also a past-President of that congregation. Prior to retiring, she taught high school level history in San Jose, CA.
AT LARGE: SUSAN HERSCHMAN
Susan Herschman grew up at the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Metro Detroit, founded as 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: SHEILA MALCOLM
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. Although a long-time Board Member, Sheila is a newcomer to the Executive Committee of the SHJ.
AT-LARGE: BILL PARSONS
Bill Parsons is the president of Or Adam Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Phoenix, AZ and a newcomer to the Executive Committee of the SHJ.
AT-LARGE: SUSAN RYAN
Susan Ryan is on the Humanistic Jewish Role Model Committee and is the Secretary of the City Congregation in New York City. She and her family have been members of The City Congregation for over 25 years, and her son grew up with Humanistic Judaism. Susan has served on City Congregation’s board since 2009 and on the SHJ board since 2012.
Darlene Basch is a past president of Machar and current rabbi committee chair. Retired from the State Department, where she worked as a Russian Foreign Policy analyst, she now enjoys volunteering at an animal shelter and traveling.
Paul Caradonna is past president of the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Metro Detroit in Farmington Hills, MI.
Suzie Friedman is a member of the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Metro Detroit 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 and Jewish Cultural School Director.
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. Living in Florida, he is organizing one of SHJ’s communities in formation, the Gainesville Humanistic Judaism Community. He also is organizing Jews for a Secular Democracy Florida.
Allen Gorrelick is a member of Congregation Beth Adam in Boca Raton, FL. 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 on the board of the Pacific Community of Cultural Jews in Orange County, CA for over 2 decades.
Jeremy Kridel is the rabbi and director of the Machar, Congregation for Secular and Humanistic Judaism and its Jewish Cultural School in Washington, D.C., a member of the board of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, past president of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis, and former editor of Humanistic Judaism magazine.
Karen LaMorticella is a member of Kol Shalom, Community for Humanistic Judaism in Portland, OR.
Allan Malkis is the president of Or Emet, Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. Allan is a retired social researcher, a cat lover, an avid reader of ancient history and has been an Or Emet member for nearly 30 years.
E. Ronald Milan, a member of the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Metro Detroit 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.
Cathy Moore has become a repeat President of Kol Haskalah, a Humanistic Jewish Congregation in Durham, NC.
Jerid Morisco is an IISHJ rabbinical student who currently lives in Atlanta. He will retire from teaching in Georgia this May and will be moving to Seattle in June.
James McDevitt-Phelps is currently studying theatre at Florida State University, working on entrepreneurial projects, and trying to revise his small stack of novel drafts.
Libby Otto is the former Chair of the HuJews Leadership Council and a lifelong member of the Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, and lives in Washington, DC.
Dana Preis is 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 more than 20 years, serving as President and Treasurer. His true passion, wife and daughters aside, is the guitar.
Susan Rubin, a social worker, married to Marshall Rubin, has spent the majority of her professional life working for the Jewish community. The Rubin’s are members of the founding group of the Secular Humanist Jewish Circle in Tucson, AZ.
Carolyn Schneyer is a member of Kahal B’raira in Massachusetts where she previously served on the Sunday School Committee. She grew up at CHJ of Metro Detroit.
Alana Shindler is a member of Kol Hadash, Northern California Congregation for Humanistic Judaism and its ritual leader. She is a former member of the Board.
Barry Swan is a Madrikh and Sr. Leader in the Secular Humanistic Jewish Movement, serving Beth Haskalah, Rochester, NY. A retired social studies teacher and teacher’s union advocate, he represents his union and Beth Haskalah in the Labor Religion Coalition.
William Thompson is the founder of the Spinoza Havurah and author of The Jewish Humanist Siddur. He lives with his husband in Tennessee.
Jeffrey Treistman is a member of the Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound, WA and enrolled in the IISHJ Leadership Training Program.
Aaron Zober works in production for documentary and reality television series in Los Angeles, CA. He is a member of the Or Adam Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, which is based out of Phoenix, AZ and reaches everybody globally via its Zoom platform. Aaron has been involved with Humanistic Judaism for over 10 years.
Miller Gentry-Sharp is an independent member of SHJ.
Jennie Morris is a member of Oraynu Congregation in Toronto, ON.