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December 2015 E-Newsletter

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SHJ Vision Project Continues Forward Progress - by Faith Oremland, Project Chair

The SHJ Vision Project is moving along on schedule.  The Vision Project Committee (VPC) is eagerly awaiting the delivery of the final report and recommendations from our consultant, Alan Levy of Goaltrac, early in January.

Alan presented his findings from the survey, interviews and focus group at our October Board meeting.  Following his presentation, the Board participated in a working session identifying the most significant issues of concern and ideas for resolving those issues.  Alan is using the information from the Board meeting work along with discussions with organizations similar to the SHJ such as Unitarian-Universalists, Sunday Assembly and the Secular Student Alliance and other research to compile his final report. 

A Transition Team has been established to take the project to the next steps.  The VPC will work closely with the Transition Team in January discussing the final report and suggestions.  A full Board teleconference will be held to expand the discussion.  In February, the VPC will disband.  The Transition Team will then develop recommendations and considerations for implementation which will be distributed to the Board prior to the April Board meeting.  The major focus of the Spring Board meeting will be to establish priorities and begin the implementation of the new vision for the Society.

Stay tuned for more information on SHJ's new directions.  As our president, Larry Lawrence stated, "We are committed to expanding the base of involvement, as well as creating more transparency at SHJ."  The SHJ is your organization and we will succeed going forward with your active participation and dedication to the principles of Secular Humanistic Judaism.
Did You Participate in the SHJ Online Survey? Thank you!

We are grateful to those of you who completed the SHJ Vision Project Survey. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, ideas, and questions. Some of you asked specific questions of us in the comment section of the survey. Because the survey results were anonymous, we do not know who you are. If you had specific questions, please direct them to  Rabbi Miriam Jerris She will be happy to answer you.
Humanistic Jewish Leaders Share Ideas and Opinions

Interested in what is going on in the minds of some Secular Humanistic Jewish Leaders?  You can find them and their ideas and musings in the blogosphere:

Rabbi Susan Averbach, San Francisco, CA: musings of an agnostic rabbi (http://rabbijubu.com/)
Rabbi Adam Chalom, Highland Park, IL:  Shalom from Rabbi Chalom  (https://hjrabbi.wordpress.com/)
Rabbi Jeffrey Falick, Farmington Hills, MI: The Atheist Rabbi seen on Patheos (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theatheistrabbi/)
Rabbi Denise Handlarski, Toronto, ON: rabbidenise (https://rabbidenise.wordpress.com/)
Rabbinic Candidate Jeremy Kridel, Indianapolis, IN: A Humanistic Jew in Indianapolis (https://sjewindy.wordpress.com/)
Rabbi Judith Seid, Pleasanton, CA: What I Think (https://judithseid.wordpress.com/)

Contact the Society for Humanistic Judaism 

Larry Lawrence, President 

Rabbi Miriam Jerris  

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