Author Archives: Rabbi Adam Chalom

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.

The Many and the One – Yom Kippur Memorial 5782/2021

This High Holiday sermon was delivered at Yom Kippur Memorial services at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in September/Tishrei 2021/5782. It was part of a series entitled “After Disaster.” Video of these High Holiday services and sermons is available here.  How can we wrap our minds around … Continue reading

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The American House Divided – Yom Kippur Morning 5782/2021

This High Holiday sermon was delivered at Yom Kippur Morning services at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in September/Tishrei 2021/5782. It was part of a series entitled “After Disaster.” Video of these High Holiday services and sermons is available here.  In 2001, Rosh Hashana began just six … Continue reading

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The Jewish House Divided – Yom Kippur Evening 5782/2021

 This High Holiday sermon was delivered at Yom Kippur Evening services at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in September/Tishrei 2021/5782. It was part of a series entitled “After Disaster.” Video of these High Holiday services and sermons is available here.  Content warning: this Yom Kippur sermon will … Continue reading

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Hate and Indifference: Rosh Hashana Morning 5782/2021

This High Holiday sermon was delivered at Rosh Hashana morning services at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in September/Tishrei 2021/5782. It was part of a series entitled “After Disaster.” Video of these High Holiday services and sermons is available here.  A Rabbinic story, set 2000 years ago, … Continue reading

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The Plague – Rosh Hashana 5782/2021

This High Holiday sermon was delivered at Rosh Hashana evening services at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in September/Tishrei 2021/5782. It was part of a series entitled “After Disaster.” Video of these High Holiday services and sermons is available here. Every spring, most … Continue reading

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After Disaster – High Holidays 2021/5782

We respond to tragedy through mourning and learning. After what seemed like disaster after disaster over the past year, how best to move forward? Continue reading

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What Now? January 7, 2021

On January 7, 2021. We know the world is different, but in which direction? Continue reading

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Jews and Democracy

This post first appeared as a “Shalom from Rabbi Chalom” column in The Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in November 2020. Which kind of society is truly “good for the Jews?” There are risks to every system; anything … Continue reading

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Who Can See What Will Happen After?

Who can see what will happen after? Continue reading

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If Not Now, When?

If Not Now, When Indeed? Continue reading

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