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  COMING EVENTS 

 

 

 

HIGH HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE

 

THE SECULAR HUMANIST JEWISH CIRCLE WILL HOLD IT'S ANNUAL HIGH HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE ON

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND

A JOINT CELEBRATION OF ROSH HASHANAH AND YOM KIPPUR

 

This year we are honored and delighted that Rabbi Miriam Jerris will conduct the service and lead the afternoon discussion.

 

Rabbi Jerris is the rabbi of the Society for Humanistic Judaism and serves as president of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis.

 

She has been committed to the philosophic principles of Humanistic Judaism for more than 40 years and is one of the leaders in the field.

 

The High Holiday program will take place at St Francis in the Foothills Church.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!

 

Complete Information will be Available Shortly

 

 

 


URGENT NEED FOR THE HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICE

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SHOFAR AND SHOFAR BLOWER

 

Contact Becky Shulman

296 - 3762

 


YOU ARE INVITED

SALAD POTLUCK

for

Members and Prospective Members

Sunday, August 12,  5-7:30 p.m.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO RSVP

 

CONTACT:Cathleen:293-3919 or

Becky:296-3762 or

Jacqui:722-5652

 

RSVP by August 7th

 

Calendar
   
 

Salad Potluck

Sunday, August 12

Members and Prospective Members

 

High Holiday Celebration

Saturday, September 22

Open to the Public

 

Faith vs Reason

Saturday, November 3

Gilbert Shapiro

Open to the Public

 

Chanukah Party

Saturday, December 8

Members Only

 

Arid Lands

Saturday, January 26

Robert Varady and Sharon Megdal, University of Arizona, Udall Center

Open to the Public

 

Annual Meeting

Sunday February 10

Members Only

 

Purim Party

Saturday, February 23

Members Only

 

Passover Seder

Saturday, March 30

Open to the Public

 

Monthly Board Meetings

To Be Scheduled

 

 

A FEW WORDS FROM OUR PRESIDENT 

 

 

 These past few months have been exciting for SHJC.

 
The Internal Revenue Service has granted our 501C3 status retroactive to July 18, 2011!! SHJC is now a nonprofit organization. This means that your membership and

 

donations are tax deductable. I want to acknowledge our Treasurer, Hal Safron, our  National Office and Keenan Law Office for all the hard work required to obtain this designation. 

 

SHJC has been accepted as a Liaison Organization of the Secular Coalition of Arizona (SCA). The purpose of the SCA is to be the "legislative voice of the Arizona nontheistic community. Anyone interested in additional information about SCA should contact me directly.

 

New Board Member: Recently Irene Sattinger joined our Board of Directors. There is space for one additional Board member.

  

SHJC has sponsored a number of exciting programs these past months. Several of them were oversubscribed and unfortunately space limitation required us to close down reservations.

 

Marshall Rubin, Board President

 
RECENT EVENTS
 

PURIM PARTY

 Purim 2 2012

For a few hours on March 3, Pami and Guy Keenan's backyard was transformed into the ancient city of Shushan where all kinds of amazing things took place. Queen Vashti (played by Hafez Ward) stood her ground for women's rights! King Ahasuerus (Kent Barrabee), adorned in a colorful chenille robe, showed his wisdom in bending to Queen Esther's wishes. Haman (David Sattinger) was duly booed as our storyteller (Elizabeth Jackson) led us all to participate in a fun play. The highlight was a beauty contest when Stu Schwartz was crowned Queen Esther!!

     Of course, hamantashen and other yummy foods added to our enjoyment!

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 WHAT A FUN AFTERNOON!Purim party 2012
 
 

SHJC Seder: A Festive Gathering

  Everyone left smiling. SHJC's second annual Seder was a success. SHJC members and those from the general community gathered on Saturday, April 14 at the Atria Campana del Rio, to observe the milleniums-old Jewish celebration. The service recognized both our Jewish history and our secular philosophy; a service that views Passover as a time to celebrate the modern, as well as the ancient, quest for freedom.

A highlight of the gathering were the participatory portions of this Haggadah that offered the opportunity for table discussions and an exploration of modern life and modern plagues. An orange on the Seder plate represented the inclusion of women's equality in Jewish leadership.   

Kent Barrabee led the service, There was music in abundance, followed by an equally abundant and delicious meal. A warm and socialable atmosphere pervaded the room as old and new friends enjoyed one another's company.

 

A generous amount of nonperishable food was collected and later that week delivered to the Community Food Bank.

 Passover singers 2012Passover group at table 2012

Kent at 2012 seder
 

FUN GATHERING AT SHLOMO AND VITO'S

   On Monday, April 30, members and guest gathered at Shlomo and Vito's for a fun time and to support Mobile Meals. The restaurant/delicatessen automatically donates 5% of its Monday sales from Happy Hour and dinner to Mobile Meals.

 

All agreed it was a delightful few hours and a great way to support an excellent local non-profit.

 

 

TORAH AS MYTH

Miri TAlk 2012  It was standing room only at Rabbi Miri Fleming's talk, "Torah as Myth." Fleming gave many examples showing that the stories in the Torah are definitely myths, "traditional stories serving to explain some phenomenon or custom, " stories in which supernatural forces do things that we humans cannot do. Fleming stressed that the Torah does not hold up as "history" or "science."

She suggested that a reading of the Torah be done on several levels: first, a literal level, the mythical stories and metaphors; second, a deeper level dealing with universal human truths represented in the stories; third, a new story level explaining what the original story means; and finally, for some people, a mystical level.

An active question and answer period followed her presentation. The afternoon ended with general socializing and sampling the yummy snacks people brought. Audience for Miri 2012

 

JEWISH MEDICAL ETHICS

Robert Meren When Dr. Robert Beren, a longtime Tucson geriatric physician, led "A Jewish Secular Humanist Conversation about Medical Ethics", he addressed a subject of increasing concern both to his large audience and to the public at large. The event took place on June 23 at the River Library.

What is the "code of right behavior determined by rabbis"? Who owns the right to make decisions on matters of giving or withdrawing treatment? How does a doctor's religious and moral philosophy affect the care given to patients? How are all of these affected by advance legal documents executed by individuals? What about organ donation?

Audience for Beren The spirited discussion included the place of triage, cost/benefits related to limited resources and relationship between the preservation of human life and the control of pain and suffering. Is it always appropriate to preserve life in the absence of pain?  The discussion continues.

 
WECOME TO NEW MEMBERS
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Herb Boskin - returning
Maria McCabe
Kilian Metcalf
 
NEWS
Wishing you a speedy recovery!
Speedy recovery  

 SUSAN RUBIN

Susan, a member of the Board of Directors and one of the founders of SHJC,

Recently she tripped at home and injured her knee.  Susan is home, recovering from surgery, but will have limited mobility for some time.

 

HAFEZ SUSAN WARD

A SHJC member and involved with the program planning committee, Hafez is being treated for a gastric-intestinal difficulty.   

 
  INFO ON THE SECULAR HUMANIST JEWISH CIRCLE
 

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

 

Become a part of a caring, compassionate community reflecting the values of secular humanist Judaism

 

Help build a new organization that meets your needs and interests.

 

Minimal financial costs.  Members pay reduced fees for those events that have an admission cost.

 

Opportunity to join a committee

 

Affiliation with the national organization opens up a wealth of resources to individual members and the chapter as a whole.

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

 

For 2012, dues are $80 for one member for the calendar year.  The rate is $130 for a 2 member (adult) household.  This includes the member payment for affiliation with The Society for Humanistic Judaism, the national organization.   

 

For more information about membership, please contact Cathleen Becskehazy, 293-3919 or cathbaz@gmail.com. Members who join July 1, 2012 or after will receive a discounted rate  and will  be charged $25.00 membership fees plus the full annual National fee for the rest of the year.  Renewal for everyone will be January 1.

 

 


SECULAR HUMANIST JEWISH CIRCLE

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

 

Name or Names _____________________________________________________________

Address           ______________________________________Zip______________________

Phone  ___________________________Email ______________________________________

 

Types of Programs which interest you _____________________________________________

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Talents or skills you would be willing to use on behalf of SHJC (e.g. lead a discussion, art or graphic design, music/singing, desktop publishing, etc.)_______________________________________

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Comments or suggestions_______________________________________________________

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Make your check payable to Secular Humanist Jewish Circle and mail to :  

SHJC

c/o 930 S Goldenweed Way
 

Tucson, AZ 85748

 

Amount Enclosed $______________________Date_______________

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Board of Directors

Marshall Rubin  

President

577-7718

mrubinaz@comcast.net  

Judy Teitler

Vice President

529 0595

judy31143@yahoo.net  

Hal Safron  

Treasurer

722 5652

halsaf@cox.net  

Jacqui Saltz

Secretary

723 5652

jacsaltz@cox.net  

Susan Rubin

 

577 7718

srubinaz@comcast.net

Irene Sattinger

 

229-6166

davidsattinger@gmail.com   

Becky & Martin Schulman

 

296 3762

schulmb@aol.net   

Cathleen Pintek Becskehazy

 

293 3919

cathbaz@gmail.com

Kent Barrabee

 

609 6103

tucsonkent@comcast.net  

 

Comittees

Chairperson(s)

Celebration/ Holiday/

Educational Events

   Susan and Becky

Publicity/Communications

Judy

Organizational Structure

   Marshall, Hal

Membership

 

Cathleen

 

 

The Newsletter was prepared by the Publicity Committee:
Judy Teitler and Kent Barrabee.

Additional content was provided by Becky Schulman and Carolyn Simon.