Or Adam was founded by two local families in 1987 and has grown into a vibrant congregation. We are part of the national and international Secular Humanistic Judaism movement which was originated by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine in the Detroit area in 1963. One of our founding members, Dana Naimark, grew up attending Sherwin Wines Birmingham Temple in Michigan. Dana and her husband, Rick, helped to introduce and promote Secular Humanistic Jewish principles here in the Phoenix area by creating and building Or Adam.
Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine, founder of Humanistic Judaism, was killed in an automobile accident on Saturday, July 21, 2007, while on vacation in Essaouira, Morocco.
Rabbi Wine was a leader, guide, mentor, teacher, colleague and friend to the many people whose lives he touched. We are deeply saddened by the loss of this inspirational visionary. We offer our heartfelt sympathy to his family and to all who loved him.