Or Adam Congregation for Humanistic Judaism is pleased to announce the ordination of Jeffrey Schesnol as Madrikh, a ceremonial leader. Mr. Schesnol completed the requirements in December, 2016 and was honored by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism at the Birmingham Temple in Michigan on November 10, 2017.

Mr. Schesnol is a past president of the Society for Humanistic Judaism ( and has been the ceremonial leader for Or Adam Congregation in Phoenix/Scottsdale for more than four years. He studied for his ordination through the IISHJ completing the program in four years. He is continuing his studies for the rabbinate at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago, IL and the International Institute for Secular and Humanistic Judaism in Birmingham, MI. He expects to achieve his rabbinical ordination in 2022.

A valued member of the community, Mr. Schesnol has been involved with Humanistic Judaism since 1975, and he has served on various congregations’ boards and as a Sunday school teacher for congregations in Chicago, LA, Raleigh/Durham, and Phoenix/Scottsdale. His own Jewish education started at age 3, shaped by his Orthodox grandfather. He has been married to his wife, Susan, for 53 years and has two daughters, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.   A resident of Phoenix since 2010, he was formerly involved in the furniture and home accessory business and studied toward an MBA, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in business and psychology. He currently serves as the Associate Director of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.

Or Adam Congregation will honor Mr. Schesnol’s ordination with a special celebration on February 9th in the meeting room of Pueblo Norte, 7090 E Mescal St., Scottsdale, AZ.  We will honor him with a presentation and have an opportunity to thank him for his service to the congregation.

Humanistic Judaism embraces a human-centered philosophy: We believe in the human capacity and responsibility to create a better world. Or Adam Congregation is active and inclusive, we seek to provide the spiritual, social, emotional and intellectual needs of Jews by birth, by choice, by association and of partners who wish to retain their own religious and cultural identification. Regardless of how or if you connect with God, we concentrate on human connections, accomplishments, responsibilities and self-actualization as our community family celebrations.

We welcome all.