Rabbi to Speak on 'The Secular Synagogue: Judaism beyond God'

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Rabbi Adam Chalom will speak Sunday on "The Secular Synagogue: Judaism Beyond God" in a lecture sponsored by the Secular Humanist Jewish Circle.

The lecture will be from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Junior League building board room, 2099 E. River Road.

Millions of American Jews connect more with Jewish culture, history, language, food and experience than with religious belief or ritual practice. Can one integrate a humanistic philosophy of life, a cultural Jewish identity, and a secular "spirituality"? The Orthodox and the dogmatic atheist both say "No!" Humanistic Judaism says, "Watch us!"

Chalom, dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, has since 2004 served as the rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in Lincolnshire, Ill.

He earned a bachelor's degree in Judaic studies from Yale University and a master's degree in Hebrew and Jewish cultural studies and a doctoral degree in Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan.

He was ordained by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. …