Rabbi Adam Chalom
Rabbi Adam Chalom, Ph. D., is a dynamic and illuminating speaker, a clear and inspiring teacher, a warm and welcoming presence, and a leading voice in the movement of Humanistic Judaism. Rabbi Chalom has served as the rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation since 2004.
Education Rabbi Chalom earned a B.A. cum laude from Yale University in Judaic Studies, and 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 PhD at the University of Michigan in Near Eastern Studies. His dissertation was titled “Modern Midrash: Jewish Identity and Literary Creativity.”
Experience Prior to joining Kol Hadash, Rabbi Chalom spent three years as co-Rabbi of the Birmingham Temple. Rabbi Chalom is also the Dean for North America of the IISHJ, the leadership and rabbinical training institution of the worldwide movement of Secular Humanistic Judaism; serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis; and is on the editorial board of the quarterly journal Humanistic Judaism.
Scholarship In addition to periodical articles, Rabbi Chalom has written adult and youth education curricula, taught leadership and rabbinic training seminars, and presented workshops and keynote addresses at several national conferences.
Family Life Rabbi Adam Chalom’s family is a microcosm of the Jewish world. His mother comes from an Ashkenazi East European Yiddish Socialist and Reform Judaism background and was born in the Midwest, while his father comes from the Brooklyn community of Syrian Sephardic Orthodox Jews. His parents found common ground in Humanistic Judaism, and Adam was raised as a Humanistic Jew at the Birmingham Temple in suburban Detroit, Michigan, the founding congregation of Humanistic Judaism.
Passion For Rabbi Chalom, Humanistic Judaism is not only a professional pursuit, but also a personal passion he shares with his wife, A. J., who was also raised as a Humanistic Jew. Together, they expect Humanistic Judaism and Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation to grow as more people connect with its powerful message of personal dignity, integrity, self-reliance and mutual support.