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"Shared Borders, Shared Waters:

Israeli-Palestinian and

Colorado River Basin Regions"Sharon Megdal    


WHEN:   Saturday, January 26, 2013, 1:30-4


WHERE:     Kirk Bear Canyon Library,

8959 Tanque Verde Rd 


Dr. Varady and Dr. Megdal will talk about their experiences internationally, including their recently published edited volume on Israeli-Arizona-Palestinian and Lower Colorado River Basin water challenges. Implications for the planning and use of water resources in Tucson and the Southern Arizona area will be discussed.


Robert Varady is deputy director and director of environmental policy programs at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at The University of Arizona.


Sharon B. Megdal is Director of The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) and C.W. and Modene Neely Endowed Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Please RSVP by Jan 22:

Irene Sattinger, 229-6166,   or


Becky Schulman, 296-3762, 


Participants are asked to bring a snack to share and a donation of non-perishable food for the Community Food Bank.






As we enter our second year as an affiliate of our national organization, the Society for Humanistic Judaism, I realize that we have had a very busy and productive 2012, filled with stimulating activities and holiday celebrations.  This is due in large part to the hard work of members who have generously volunteered and given of their time. I would like to express special recognition and appreciation to my nine fellow board members who have all consented and been re-elected to serve again. Thank you for agreeing to continue to serve our SHJC community with your exceptional talents.  I encourage our total membership to join us at our Annual Meeting on February 10th to install our board, learn about our plans and have fun socializing.  As always, there will be many opportunities in 2013 to volunteer your own time.  Please feel free to contact me to learn how you might help make our SHJC community grow.  My best wishes for a very happy and healthy new year to everyone.

Marshall Rubin


Board Meeting

Saturday, January 5

Members Only


Oneg/Education/Holiday Planning Committee

Tuesday, January 8th

Contact Becky Schulman

Members Only


Shared Borders, Shared Waters:

Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin"

Speakers: Robert Varady and Sharon Megdal

Saturday, January 26

Open to the Public


Annual Meeting

Sunday February 10

Members Only

Board meeting to follow


Purim Party

Saturday, February 23

Details to follow

Members Only


Board Meeting

Saturday, March 23

Members Only


Passover Seder

Saturday, March 30

Details to follow

Open to the Public


High Holiday Observance

Saturday, September 7

Details to Follow

Open to the Public





ShofarOn September 22nd the Secular Humanist Jewish Circle celebrated Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with Rabbi Miriam Jerris leading the service. Rabbi Jerris is the rabbi for the International Society for Humanistic Judaism.

A truly participatory event, various members from our growing community lit the candles, read poems or text, and directed the singing. A lovely rendition of Kol Nidre and a flower ceremony of remembrance touched many. Stu Schwartz outdid himself as he blew the Shofar, reminding us of its history and awakening our slumbering souls.

After the formal service, a delicious catered meal was enjoyed along with lively socializing among new and long-standing friends. Lunch was followed by a discussion,"The Difference Between Jewish Humanism and Humanism" led my Rabbi Jerris.


Open to the community at large, approximately 80 people shared in this special day.



SHJC is now the proud owner of a rousing Shofar!! Thank you to Phil Abromowitz for donating the Shofar used at our High Holiday event. We will look for more opportunities in the future to hear its inspiring call. 









What a fun Sukkot celebration at a delightful late afternoon gathering in early October. Paula Schlusberg wrote an informative program relating the agricultural harvest feast of ancient times to a contemporary organization called Mazon - A Jewish Response to Hunger. It turns out that many of our party attendees have gardens for themselves and for sharing. By party's end many were inspired to at least think about starting a garden!! The party was a good introduction to SHJC for several new members. Everyone brought yummy foods to share as we chatted and got to know each other better. Elizabeth and Lon Jackson's sunroom provided the perfect "sukkah" for our Sukkot observance. 

Cathy Becky


Dr. Gil Shapiro lecture: "Faith, the Greatest Imposter"

shapiro standingOn November 3rd more than 80 people attended a talk by Dr Gil Shapiro, noted columnist and speaker. His presentation, entitled, "Faith, the Greatest Imposter", focused on the impact of religion on culture and progress. In his talk, Dr. Shapiro defined many terms such as Reason, Faith, Belief, Fact, and Reality. According to Shapiro, one of the main problems with Faith is that it "promotes bad ideas as good" and encourages "willful ignorance."


A lively discussion followed his talk, with numerous questions and comments coming from the audience. Animated discussion continued throughout the remainder of the afternoon as attendees enjoyed potluck refreshments and snacks.shapiro audience



 With the election looming the following week, the discussion after his talk turned to the influence of religiosity in American politics. 






The backdrop for our Chanukah celebration was a park-like setting with a pond and trees. - a special place hidden away in central Tucson.


On the afternoon of December 15th, members and guests gathered for Chanukah festivities - traditional foods and song, fun and laughter and a gift exchange.


Many brought their personal menorahs and we admired their beauty and variety. After the candles were lit, Kent Barrabee officiated over the reading of the Eight Lights of Chanukah. A song fest was highlighted with a solo written and sung by Muriel Morris.


The afternoon slipped by - a wonderful celebration with peaks of sunshine, laughter, humor and stories between old and new friends.gifts2






To those of you who have been ill or have had accidents, we warmly wish a speedy recovery and a health New Year.

Speedy recovery  



SHJC Website


Currently, our website is under development. Susan Rubin has taken the lead with this venture. Several members, including Susan Freud are also involved. We are excited about this project and will and let you know when the site is up and running.




SHJC 2013 Membership dues are currently due. We thank all of you who have already sent in their check. A reminder to those of you who have not yet forwarded your dues to the treasurer, Hal Safron, please let us hear from you at this time. Cathy Becskehazy is chairs the Membership Committee. She'd enjoy hearing from you with ideas and suggestions.


We anticipate that 2013 will be an exiting year for our members and look forward to your involvement.




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.






For 2013, dues are $110 for one member for the calendar year.  The rate is $160 for a family.  This includes the member payment for affiliation with The Society for Humanistic Judaism, the national organization.   


For more information about membership, please contact Cathy Becskehazy, 293-3919 or  Renewal for everyone will be January 1.






Name or Names _____________________________________________________________

Address           ______________________________________Zip______________________

Phone  ___________________________Email ______________________________________


Types of Programs which interest you _____________________________________________


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.)_______________________________________


Comments or suggestions_______________________________________________________


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


c/o 930 S Goldenweed Way

Tucson, AZ 85748


Amount Enclosed $______________________Date_______________



Board of Directors

Marshall Rubin  



Judy Teitler

Vice President

529 0595  

Hal Safron  


722 5652  

Jacqui Saltz


723 5652  

Susan Rubin


577 7718

Irene Sattinger



Becky & Martin Schulman


296 3762   

Cathy Pintek Becskehazy


293 3919

Kent Barrabee


609 6103  




Celebration/ Holiday/

Educational Events

   Irene and Becky



Organizational Structure

   Marshall, Hal






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

Additional content was provided by Becky Schulman, Carolyn Simon,

Cathy Becskehazy, and Irene Sattiinger.