Lawrence Named SHJ President

Larry M. Lawrence, a resident of Washington, D.C., was installed on May 3 as the President of the Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ). A graduate of Harvard University and Indiana University, Lawrence previously served as secretary and treasurer of Machar, the Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism, of which he is a long-term member.

“I’ve found a secular/spiritual home in Humanistic Judaism,” said Lawrence. “When I discovered Machar in the 1990s, I found a place to give my daughter a Jewish education that I believe in — not one with features I had to explain away. And to my pleasant surprise, after Liz’s Bat Mitzvah in 1999, both she and I have continued to learn and grow with the movement of Humanistic Judaism.”

“He brings his organization skills, forward thinking ideas, and dedication to our philosophy and practice to his new position as president of the Society,” said Bonnie Cousens, SHJ Executive Director. “We look forward to him applying his skills and ideas to increase the visibility of Humanistic Judaism, while reaching out to the many people who share our beliefs but have not yet found this meaningful way to celebrate their Jewish identity.”

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