Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine Lifetime Achievement Award
The Sherwin T. Wine Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to individuals who have “over the years exemplified extraordinary dedication, devotion, adherence to and activity in the Secular Humanistic Judaism Movement and the philosophical doctrines enunciated by the Movement’s founder, Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine.“
NEWS: Society for Humanistic Judaism
Presents 2014 Sherwin T. Wine Lifetime Achievement Award
to Ruth Duskin Feldman
Farmington Hills, MI, October 24, 2014 — The Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ) presented the 2014 Sherwin T. Wine Lifetime Achievement Award to Ruth Duskin Feldman of Highland Park, IL. She has shown her commitment to Humanistic Judaism since it formed in Illinois in the mid-1960s.
In presenting the award, SHJ Executive Director Bonnie Cousens said, “I have worked closely with her for more than thirty years and count her as a trusted colleague and good friend to me and the Humanistic Jewish movement. She has supported her local community, the Society for Humanistic Judaism, and the movement, showing her understanding and commitment to the interdependence of all organizations that serve Humanistic Judaism.” Ordained as a Madrikha (Humanistic Jewish clergy) in 1993, Ruth Feldman is an active member of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in Lincolnshire, IL. She has served as creative editor of the Society’s journal Humanistic Judaism for more than three decades.
Upon receiving the award, Feldman said, “The journal, like so much of what we do, is a product of the collaborative effort of many people. I accept this award in recognition of that shared effort.”
The award, established by Bert Steinberg, past president of SHJ and of Kol Hadash, Northern California, in 2003 in honor of Wine’s 75th birthday, represents Steinberg’s heartfelt gratitude at finding a Humanistic Jewish community that reflected his lifelong philosophy and unfulfilled need. Steinberg joined SHJ and became bar mitzvah at the age of 72 under Wine’s tutelage.
When the award was first established in his name Wine said, “I feel very honored that it not only is connected to what is most meaningful in my life, but it is an award recognizing other people’s work.”
Recipients of the award are individuals who have “over the years exemplified extraordinary dedication, devotion, adherence to and activity in the Secular Humanistic Judaism Movement and the philosophical doctrines enunciated by the Movement’s founder, Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine.” Past recipients of the award include, —Marilyn Rowens, Southfield, Michigan, Bert Steinberg, San Francisco, California, Rabbi Miriam Jerris, Huntington Woods, Michigan, Lorraine and Ben Pivnick, Franklin, Michigan, Jane Goldhamer, Beaverton, Oregon, M. Bonnie Cousens, executive director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, West Bloomfield, Michigan, Shari Gelber, Newton, Massachusetts, Deb Godden, Charlottesville, Virginia, Louis Altman Northbrook, Illinois, and Bradenton, Florida, and Esther and Ron Milan, Southfield, MI. A permanent plaque bearing the image of Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine is on display at the SHJ’s headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan. A smaller replica is given each year to the recipient, along with a personal gift.
Humanistic Judaism, one of the five branches of Judaism recognized by the United Jewish Communities of North America, combines the Jewish values of loving-kindness (Gemilut Chassadim), charity (Tzedaka), and making the world a better place (Tikkun Olam), with the recognition that the responsibility for putting them in practice lies in human hands. It is a nontheistic movement in which cultural Jews and their families can affirm, celebrate, and enrich their Jewish identity and values. The Society is the central body for the Humanistic Jewish movement in North America.
For more information about Humanistic Judaism, contact the Society for Humanistic Judaism 28611 West 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48334, (248) 478-7610.
- 2004 — Marilyn Rowens
- 2005 — Bert W. Steinberg
- 2006 — Rabbi Miriam S. Jerris
- 2007 — Ben & Lorraine Pivnick
- 2008 — Jane Goldhamer
- 2009 — M. Bonnie Cousens
- 2010 — Shari Gelber
- 2011 — Deb Godden
- 2012 — Louis Altman
- 2013 — Esther and Ron Milan