Rabbi Adam Chalom is a prominent leader in organized Secular Humanistic Judaism in North America. He is the Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in north suburban Chicago, as well as the Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. In addition to blogging here, he tweets as @HJRabbi and podcasts on “The Kol Hadash Podcast“. You can also find a video playlist of him speaking here.

Rabbi Chalom earned a B.A. cum laude in Judaic Studies from Yale University; a Master’s Degree in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies at the University of Michigan; his rabbinic ordination in 2001 from the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ), and his PhD in Near Eastern Studies in 2005 at the University of Michigan. His dissertation was titled, Modern “Midrash”: Jewish Identity and Literary Creativity.

Prior to joining Kol Hadash, Rabbi Chalom served as co-Rabbi of the Birmingham Temple  in suburban Detroit Michigan, the founding congregation of Humanistic Judaism. In addition to his congregational and IISHJ work, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis and is on the editorial board of the magazine Humanistic Judaism.

You can read more about his academic work on his CV here.

Chalom Portrait 5-2017


5 Responses to About

  1. Dave Henig says:

    Yasher Koach, Adam. Is there a way to subscribe to your blog?

  2. Patty Becker says:

    I’d like to “subscribe” too – to get each issue, or a notification of it, on email. Is that possible?

  3. Great blog here. I live in Chicago as well. My blogging pal John Zande recommended your blog and you to me. Glad he did. Like to chat some time.

  4. susiebell58 says:

    I am very interested in learning more about Humanistic Judaism and recently found a synagogue that follows it.

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