If you have found this page while looking for a wedding officiant, congratulations on your engagement! I would be honored and happy to be a part of your wedding celebration.

There are many ways you might have found me for your ceremony: as a Humanistic Rabbi with Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation, as a Humanist Officiant through The Humanist Society, a listing of intermarriage officiants from, or because of positive word of mouth from one of my previous couples (even a positive online review like these!). No matter how you found me, I’m sure we can create a meaningful celebration of your love together.

When it comes to weddings, I’m happy to:

Lopez-Aronson wedding ceremony

Lopez-Aronson wedding ceremony

  • Create personalized ceremonies for wedding couples, including what they want and avoiding what they don’t – I never force a pre-written ceremony template on you;
  • Conduct wedding ceremonies all day Saturday, regardless of when sundown may be;
  • Officiate at intermarriages, including using, explaining and directing elements of the non-Jewish partner’s religious or cultural tradition in the ceremony (such as a unity candle);
  • Co-officiate with other clergy, provided that we create a balanced ceremony with inclusive language (all Hebrew translated, non-Jewish clergy use generic “God” rather than “Jesus Christ”).
TJ and Michael in their huppah

TJ and Michael in their huppah

I am also very capable in French, Spanish, and Hebrew (and passable in Yiddish), if you are looking for an officiant to include elements of any of these languages in the ceremony. And, to be very clear, I am very happy to celebrate same-sex weddings with just as much joy and enthusiasm as every wedding.

If you are a wedding couple in need of my services, please feel free to be in touch with me by phone (847-602-4500) or email ( You can find more information about me and my congregation on our website, including a link to my audio podcast and YouTube playlist, both of which include useful material on marriage and intermarriage.

Once again, mazel tov and congratulations on finding love – let’s celebrate together!


About Rabbi Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom is the Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in north suburban Chicago. He is also the Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism.
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