Sherwin Wine
American rabbi
Sherwin Wine
Sherwin Theodore Wine was a rabbi and a founding figure in Humanistic Judaism. Originally ordained a Reform rabbi, Wine founded the Birmingham Temple, the first congregation of Humanistic Judaism in 1963, in Birmingham, Michigan, outside Detroit, Michigan (the temple later relocated to its current location in Farmington Hills, Michigan). In 1969 Wine founded the Society for Humanistic Judaism.
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Landrieu Primed to Lead Energy Panel – If She Wins Reelection
Yahoo News - almost 4 years
It’s been 18 years since Louisiana saw one of its own lead the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, arguably the most important congressional panel to the energy-rich state.
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Deity dilemma: 'God doubters' look for place in Jewish life - Jweekly.com
Google News - over 5 years
That movement, founded by the late Rabbi Sherwin Wine, adopts many of the rituals of traditional Judaism but deletes the references to God. Alana Shindler serves as head of the rituals and celebrations committee for Kol Hadash, a Humanistic
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Little-known non-cutting ritual appeals to some who oppose circumcision - Cleveland Jewish News
Google News - over 5 years
According to Gottfried, the earliest known brit shalom ceremony was performed around 1970 by her mentor, Rabbi Sherwin Wine, the founder of the Society for Humanistic Judaism. In 2002, the Leadership Conference of Secular and Humanistic Jews issued a
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Humanistic Judaism to be explored at library - Arizona Daily Star
Google News - almost 6 years
Humanistic Judaism was established as an organized group in 1963 in Detroit, when Rabbi Sherwin Wine started the Birmingham Temple. It seeks a connection with Jewish culture, tradition, and history. Participants at the local event will learn more about
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Sherwin Wine, 79, Founder Of Splinter Judaism Group
NYTimes - over 9 years
Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine, founder of a movement in Judaism that says there is no reason to believe in God but that the religion's highest ethical traditions and the value of each person should be revered, died on Saturday in Essaouira, Morocco. He was 79 and lived in Birmingham, Mich. Rabbi Wine was killed in a car accident while on vacation with his
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Belief in the Ritual, if Not the Miracle
NYTimes - about 20 years
Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Feast of Lights, which began on Thursday at sundown, weaves two stories -- one mundane, the other miraculous. It commemorates a historic event, the victory of the Jewish warrior Judah the Maccabee over the Syrian king Antiochus Epiphanes 22 centuries ago, as described in the ancient books of the Maccabees. But then
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Miss Lindenauer Weds P.A. Weinberg
NYTimes - over 30 years
Deborah Beth Lindenauer, a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. S. Martin Lindenauer of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Peter Amory Weinberg, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney J. Weinberg Jr. of Greenwich, Conn., were married yesterday. Rabbi Sherwin Wine and the Rev. Alanson Houghton, an Episcopal priest who is the bridegroom's uncle, performed the ceremony at the Michigan
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 79
    Died in 2007.
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    On July 21, 2007, Wine and his longtime life partner Richard McMains were in a taxicab headed to a hotel from dinner in Essaouira, Morocco, when their cab was hit by another vehicle.
    More Details Hide Details Both Wine and the taxi driver were killed instantly in the car crash. McMains survived the collision, but he was seriously injured in the crash.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1982
    Age 54
    Wine served as President of both of these organizations from 1982 until 1993.
    More Details Hide Details In the Detroit area, Wine founded the Conference on Liberal Religion, an association of liberal religious professionals, in 1985 and an advocacy group called Clergy and Citizens United in 1995. He was also a member of Triangle Foundation's Board of Advisors. While secular Jewish culture thrived in the United States in the first half of the 20th century, its principal manifestations, Yiddish-based schools and Zionism, were in decline by the beginning of the 1960s. Many nonreligious Jews were becoming unaffiliated with either religious or secular Jewish organizations. Recognizing that most Americans are members of thriving religious congregations, Wine concluded that a congregational format, emphasizing Jewish culture and history rather than a theistic outlook, could attract nonreligious Jews who were not served by other Jewish organizations. The goal was to provide members with a sense of community and all of the services that are provided by congregational life, but in a manner consistent with the nontheistic outlook of Wine and the others in his movement.
  • 1981
    Age 53
    Wine also founded several organizations that are not specifically Jewish. In 1981, he and others created the Voice of Reason for the purpose of responding to the upsurge of right-wing political activism by religious leaders such as Rev. Jerry Falwell.
    More Details Hide Details In 1982, The Voice of Reason merged with the Center for Moral Democracy, which had been started by Ethical Culture leader Edward L. Ericson and others, to form a new organization, Americans for Religious Liberty, which continues as an advocacy group for the separation of church and state. In 1982, Wine founded the North American Committee for Humanism, a confederation of the six major humanist organizations in North America, and The Humanist Institute, a graduate school in New York for training humanist leaders.
  • FORTIES
  • 1969
    Age 41
    First, in 1969, the Society for Humanistic Judaism was formed by Wine’s Birmingham Temple; a previously Reform congregation in Illinois headed by Rabbi Daniel Friedman, who had led the congregation from Reform to Humanistic Judaism after learning about Wine’s work in Michigan; and a congregation in Westport, Connecticut which had been organized by a member of the Birmingham Temple who had moved to Connecticut.
    More Details Hide Details The Society for Humanistic Judaism now has over 30 constituent congregations in the United States and Canada, as well as individual members unaffiliated with any of these congregations. To fulfill the need of the Humanistic Judaism movement for trained leaders, Wine founded the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in 1985. This educational institution was sponsored jointly by the Society for Humanistic Judaism and the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations. The rabbinic program of this Institute has educated and ordained seven rabbis in North America in addition to over 50 leaders (called madrikhim or madrikhot in Hebrew or vegvayzer in Yiddish) who have less training than rabbis but are certified by the Institute to officiate at weddings and other life cycle events. The Institute also has an active rabbinical program in Israel from which eight rabbis have graduated and been ordained.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 35
    He began leading services for the new group, initially eight families, in September 1963 in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
    More Details Hide Details Working with members of this small group to develop language which reflected their true beliefs, Wine eventually made the decision to eliminate the word "God" from the services and instead to use new liturgy that extolled Jewish history, culture, and ethical values. This decision was to lay the foundation for the development of Humanistic Judaism as separate from Reform Judaism or any other existing Jewish stream. A storm of controversy arose when it became known that Wine, who had by then left Temple Beth El in Windsor, was leading a congregation that did not recognize God. The Detroit Free Press ran an article in December 1964 with the headline "Suburban Rabbi: 'I Am an Atheist.'" This was followed by stories in Time magazine and the New York Times. Wine explained that his views were not precisely atheistic. Rather, reflecting his acceptance of the basic outlook of the logical positivists, he declared that it was not possible empirically to prove or disprove the existence of God and, therefore, the concept was meaningless. He referred to this stance as "ignosticism" rather than atheism.
  • 1959
    Age 31
    In the fall of 1959, he joined a group in Windsor, Ontario just across the Detroit River in Canada to organize a new Reform congregation, also called Beth El.
    More Details Hide Details In 1963, a disaffected group from Temple Beth El in Detroit contacted Wine and asked him to meet with them about forming a new Reform congregation in the northwestern suburbs of Detroit, where the members now lived.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1958
    Age 30
    In November 1958, he returned to Temple Beth El in Detroit.
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  • 1957
    Age 29
    Wine began his service as an Army chaplain in January 1957 and was stationed in Korea.
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  • 1951
    Age 23
    Despite his movement away from theism, Wine decided to join the clergy rather than academia and in 1951 enrolled in the rabbinic program at Reform Judaism's Hebrew Union College.
    More Details Hide Details Wine volunteered for service as a chaplain in the U.S. Army after his ordination as a rabbi and served as associate rabbi at the Reform Temple Beth El in Detroit for six months while awaiting induction.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Age 0
    Born in 1928.
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