A Jewish Perspective on Church-State Separation – Conversation with Paul Golin

Sunday, February 7, 11AM. Email to rsvp@kolhaverim.net for the Zoom link

Dear Kol Haverim Members and Friends,

The KH Board invites you to join us for a conversation with Paul Golin, Executive Director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, titled A Jewish Perspective on Church – State Separation

Jews are among the many religious minorities whose American experiences have benefited immeasurably from the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The notion of freedom of – and freedom from – religion was among our Founders’ great innovations, yet it has been battled over politically ever since. In recent years, reactionary fundamentalist ideologues have achieved unprecedented access to governmental and judicial power, seeking to turn the clock back to a time of supremacy of one religion over all others.

Join Paul Golin, executive director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ), for a conversation about how SHJ’s Jews for a Secular Democracy initiative galvanizes the Jewish community around church-state separation issues such as abortion rights, LGBTQ+ equality, secular education in schools, and what role we can all play in defending religious freedom.

About Paul Golin

Paul Golin, SHJ Executive Director

Paul Golin is executive director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism. For nearly two decades, Paul has helped Jewish organizations and movements better understand the key trends affecting North American Jewry, including intermarriage, engagement, disaffiliation, and inclusion. Paul’s writing has appeared in the Forward, the New York Jewish Week, Tablet, and elsewhere. He co-authored the books: 20 Things for Grandparents of Interfaith Grandchildren To Do (And Not Do) To Nurture Jewish Identity In Their Grandchildren (2007) and How To Raise Jewish Children…Even When You’re Not Jewish Yourself (2010). Paul previously served as associate executive director of Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute where he helped pioneer and refine effective engagement techniques. Paul is the white Ashkenazi half of a “Jewpanese” (Jewish/Japanese) Jewish multiracial household. He maintains the Jewpanese page on Facebook and tweets sporadically at @paulgolin.  Click here to reach Paul by email.