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Paul Golin, Executive Director
Paul Golin is executive director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism. For nearly two decades, Paul has helped Jewish organizations and movements better understand the key trends affecting North American Jewry, including intermarriage, engagement, disaffiliation, and inclusion. Paul’s writing has appeared in the Forward, the New York Jewish Week, Tablet, and elsewhere. He co-authored the books: 20 Things for Grandparents of Interfaith Grandchildren To Do (And Not Do) To Nurture Jewish Identity In Their Grandchildren (2007) and How To Raise Jewish Children…Even When You’re Not Jewish Yourself (2010). Paul previously served as associate executive director of Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute where he helped pioneer and refine effective engagement techniques. Paul is the white Ashkenazi half of a “Jewpanese” (Jewish/Japanese) Jewish multiracial household. He maintains the Jewpanese page on Facebook and tweets sporadically at @paulgolin. Click here to reach Paul by email.
Miriam Jerris, Rabbi
Rabbi Miriam Jerris has been a member of the Society for Humanistic Judaism and committed to its philosophic principles since 1970. As the Rabbi of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, she provides philosophic, liturgical, ceremonial and organizational support for its affiliates and members. Rabbi Jerris is the 2006 recipient of the Sherwin T. Wine Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a former president of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis, the rabbinic association for Humanistic rabbis. Rabbi Jerris holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies with a specialization in Pastoral Counseling from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio, a Masters’ Degrees in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, and a Masters Degree in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. She was ordained by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in 2001 and is the Associate Professor for Professional Development, serving as a mentor for its students. Rabbi Jerris specializes in serving multicultural families and couples, and has officiated at intermarriage ceremonies since 1985. Click here to email Rabbi Jerris.
Jennifer Grodsky, Information Manager
Jennifer holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Michigan (Dearborn), and a Bachelor’s in Human Resource Development from Oakland University. She has been employed by SHJ for more than ten years. Currently, she serves as SHJ’s Information Manager. Jennifer’s family are members of the Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, and her two daughters celebrated their Bat Mitzvahs there. Married by Rabbi Sherwin Wine in the early 1990s, Jennifer and her husband have been long term members and supporters of Humanistic Judaism. Click here to email Jennifer.
Kathy Tschirhart, Administrative Assistant
Kathy Tschirhart is the administrative assistant of the Society for Humanistic Judaism and very happy at SHJ. Kathy graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Click here to reach Kathy by email. She will gladly assist you.
Rabbi Jeremy Kridel, Editor — Humanistic Judaism Magazine
Rabbi Jeremy Kridel is the co-editor of SHJ’s Humanistic Judaism magazine. He is also the rabbi at Machar, the Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism in Washington, D.C. Rabbi Kridel was ordained by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in 2017 and holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Religion from Florida State University, where he focused his studies on Jewish history and biblical interpretation. He also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Click here to email the co-editors
Anna Goldberg, SHJ HuJews Youth Conclave Coordinator
Anna Goldberg has been a part of the Humanistic Judaism community since elementary school. She attended Sunday school at the Birmingham Temple from elementary school, through middle school and her Bat Mitzvah, and continued in high school where she then became an active student in the youth group. In high school and college she attended Conclave for several years. In the 2015–16 school year she became a Sunday school teacher for the 1st/2nd grade class at the Birmingham Temple and the Kindergarten/1st grade class at Kol Hadash. Anna then attended conclave once more in 2016 but as a chaperone. She has since been a chaperone for the 2017 and 2018 conclaves.
Anna received her Bachelor of Integrative Studies with a focus in Communication in Leadership from Oakland University in Rochester, MI in the spring of 2015. She is also a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and is an avid traveler.