Rabbi Adam Chalom, Ph.D.
Rabbi Chalom is the North American Dean of the IISHJ, the
leadership and rabbinical training institution of the world-wide movement of Secular Humanistic Judaism; the membership chair
and secretary of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis; and serves on the editorial board of the quarterly journal Humanistic
Judaism. Rabbi Adam Chalom is also the rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation, a dynamic Humanistic Jewish congregation in the Chicago, USA, area.
Rabbi Chalom earned a B.A. cum laude from
Yale University in Judaic Studies, a Master’s Degree at the University of Michigan in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies,
Rabbinic ordination from the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ), and his Ph.D. at the University
of Michigan in Near Eastern Studies. His dissertation was titled “Modern Midrash: Jewish Identity and Literary Creativity.”
Rabbi Adam Chalom joined Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in July 2004. Before then, he served for three years
as co-Rabbi of the Birmingham Temple. In addition to several periodical articles, he has written adult and youth education
curricula, taught leadership and rabbinic training seminars, and presented workshops and keynote addresses at several national
For Rabbi Chalom, Humanistic Judaism is not only a professional pursuit but also a personal passion
he shares with his wife, A. J., who also grew up as a Humanistic Jew – they were even in the same youth group. Together
they expect Humanistic Judaism and Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation to grow as more and more people connect with its powerful
message of personal dignity, integrity, self-reliance, and mutual support.