Leaders & Staff

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Paul Golin

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.


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Richard Logan, President

Richard D. Logan is a retired Professor of Human Development.  He has a BA in Anthropology from Harvard College and a PhD in Human Development from the University of Chicago where he studied under Bruno Bettelheim and Lawrence Kohlberg. Most of his career was at UW – Green Bay but he also had appointments at the University of Nairobi and Vassar College, and a sabbatical at the University of Kent in Canterbury England.  He has published on adolescent identity, American individualism, the emergence of the self through Western history, and the state of higher education.  He also authored a book on the psychology of solitary ordeals, and another on the true survival story of a young girl lost at sea.  He also chaired the Faculty Executive Committee. Since retiring he has served on several non-profit boards.  


Richard is married to the former Carol Zazove, Russian language and culture specialist. They have two sons, David and Jonathan.  Richard and Carol have belonged to Or Emet in Minneapolis since 2005.  Prior to this they attended Temple Cnesses Israel in Green Bay for a number of years.  Click here to email Richard. 


miriam-jerrisRabbi Miriam Jerris 

Rabbi Miriam Jerris has been a member of the Society for Humanistic Judaism and committed to its philosophic principles since 1970. She is the Rabbi of the Society for Humanistic Judaism and provides philosophic, liturgical, ceremonial and organizational support for its affiliates and members. She is a former president of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis, the rabbinic association for Humanistic rabbis. Rabbi Jerris is the 2006 recipient of the Sherwin T. Wine Lifetime Achievement Award. Rabbi Jerris holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies with a specialization in Pastoral Counseling from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Masters’ Degrees in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan and 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 multi-cultural families and couples and has officiated at intermarriage ceremonies since 1985.  Click here to email Rabbi Jerris.

Jennifer Grodsky

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.

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Kathy Tschirhart, Administrative Assistant

Kathy Tschirhart is new to the Society for Humanistic Judaism and very happy at SHJ. In May of 2015, Kathy graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, MI with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Occupational Safety and Health. Click here to reach Kathy by email.  She will be happy to assist you!

Jeremy KridelJeremy KridelHumanistic Judaism, Co-Editor

Jeremy Kridel is the co-editor of SHJ’s journal Humanistic Judaism. He is a member of the Society for Humanistic Judaism and is a candidate for ordination in the Rabbinical Program of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. Jeremy 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, and serves on the staff of one of Indiana’s appellate courts. Click here to email the co-editors.

Susan WarrowSusan Warrow, Humanistic Judaism, Co-Editor

Susan Warrow is the co-editor of SHJ’s journal, Humanistic Judaism. Currently, she is also studying at the IISHJ to become a madrikha (Leader/ Ceremonialist). Susan and her family are members of The Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism and she has been connected with the secular Humanistic Jewish community for 15 years. Susan has taught high school English and Social Studies since 1998, including Composition and Holocaust Literature courses. Susan has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Teaching, and a Bachelors Degree in History, both from Michigan State University.  Click here to email the co-editors.


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Kate Forest, SHJ HuJews Youth Conclave Coordinator

Kate Forest holds a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has worked with kids and families in a variety of settings, always finding joy in traveling beside young people on the path of self-discovery. She was a member of Kol Haverim in Ithaca, NY. After moving to Philadelphia, she joined Jewish Children’s Folkshul, where she taught 7th grade for eight years and then became the B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator. She is also the Operations Manager at the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. Click here to reach Kate by email.  






SHJ Leaders


adam-chalomRabbi Adam Chalom

Rabbi Adam Chalom’s family background is a microcosm of the Jewish world.  His mother come from an Ashkenazi East European Yiddish Socialist background and was born in the Midwest, while his father comes from the Brooklyn community of Syrian Sephardic Orthodox Jews. Somewhere in between they found their common ground in Humanistic Judaism, and Rabbi Chalom was raised as a Humanistic Jew at the Birmingham Temple. He holds a B.A. from Yale University in Judaic Studies and a Master’s Degree and Doctorate from the University of Michigan in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies. As Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, Rabbi Chalom provides Adult Education weekend seminars for SHJ Communities. Rabbi Chalom writes the blog “Shalom from Rabbi Chalom” He is the rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in north suburban Chicago. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Society’s journal, Humanistic Judaism.



jeff-alickRabbi Jeffrey Falick

Rabbi Jeffrey Falick is rabbi of the Birmingham Temple, the first congregation for Humanistic Judaism. He is the president of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis and serves on the Executive Committee of the SHJ and the Editorial Board of the Society’s journal, Humanistic Judaism. He is chair of the SHJ Communications Committee. He was ordained by Hebrew Union College in 1989.  After thirteen years at Hillel Jewish student centers in Illinois and Miami, he joined the staff of Miami’s Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center, where he served as Assistant Executive Director until 2013. Rabbi Falick believes in the centrality of ceremony and ritual in human life, but he also believes that it must be de-coupled from the supernatural. He believes that the scientific method is the only way to understand ourselves and reality and that humans need to create non-theistic alternatives to theistic religions. Rabbi Falick’s blog “The Atheist Rabbi” expresses his perspective.