On Sunday, March 9, 2014 Rabbi Adam Chalom will speak on The Secular Synagogue: Judaism Beyond God. -- Credit: Rabbi Adam Chalom

Rabbi Adam Chalom

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.

Chalom was raised as a Humanistic Jew at the Birmingham Temple in suburban Detroit, the founding congregation of Humanistic Judaism.

Sunday’s lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged as seating is limited.

Those attending are asked to bring a food item or a cash contribution for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and a dessert or snack to share after the presentation. A light dinner for purchase will be available following the lecture.

For more information or to make a reservation, email schulmb@aol.com or call 296-3762.