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Meet Our Members

Whether you were raised in a Jewish tradition, married someone Jewish or
discovered  Judaism as an adult, everyone is welcome at Kol Hadash.

Founded in 2001, we are proud to have members from 33 different towns in Illinois and 9 different states.

Kol Hadash is a comfortable home for individuals and families who identify as: 

  • Multicultural
  • Interfaith
  • Non-traditional 
  • Culturally Jewish
  • Just Jewish
  • Jew-ish 
  • Jewish and . . . 
  • Half-Jewish 
  • Jews by Choice 
  • Not Religious
  • Secular 
  • Humanistic 
  • Atheist
  • Agnostic


Wanted a More Relevant Judaism

Irene & Al

Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Irene and Al came to High Holiday services to see if Humanistic Judaism was right for them. They were both brought up Reform and they raised their two children Reform, but they wanted a congregation that focused on how to be Jewish in today's world. 









Impressed with Students' Confirmation Speeches

Alisa & Bruce and Family

Deerfield, Illinois

Alisa grew up in a Reform congregation that never felt quite right for her, and Bruce attended a Conservative congregation. Their first visit to Kol Hadash was a Confirmation service. They were impressed with what the students had to say and hoped their own children would be as thoughtful when they reached that age. 





Disillusioned with Conservative Judaism

Leah & Helga and Family

Highland Park, Illinois

Leah belonged to a Conservative synagogue but left disillusioned and had been unaffiliated for quite a few years. She and Helga attended several Kol Hadash High Holiday Family Services with their son and found that the services resonated with them. Our philosophy feels true to both their individual beliefs and family structure.



Willing to Drive an Hour Each Way!

Nancy & Mike and Family

Geneva, Illinois

While on vacation, Nancy and Mike heard Rabbi Chalom speak. At the time, they belonged to a Reconstructionist congregation, but after their conversation with Rabbi Chalom, they joined Kol Hadash. They didn't even mind driving one hour each way to bring their son to Sunday School.



Discovered Hidden Jewish Roots

Emma & Tony

Highwood, Illinois

Emma was raised Catholic but discovered that her family had hidden Jewish roots. Tony was also raised Catholic but never felt connected to the Church. They started visiting different Jewish congregations in the hopes of making a connection to Judaism. They found that Kol Hadash’s liturgy, music and community were the perfect fit. 



Wandered for Decades in a Spiritual Desert

Dori & Chet

Highland Park, Illinois

Twenty-three years ago, after decades of wandering in a spiritual desert, Dori and Chet found Humanistic Judaism. They were delighted to join Kol Hadash in 2008. Rabbi Adam has been a much-appreciated gift in their lives. His wisdom, sensitivity, knowledge and humor have been inspirational and have helped to bring Judaism into their lives in a way they can embrace. 


Found Kol Hadash to be a Good Fit
Michelle & Family
Lake forest, Illinois

Michelle decided to join Kol Hadash after attending a number of our events and feeling that Kol Hadash is a good place to put down roots. 






Married by Rabbi Chalom

Sandra & William

Palatine, Illinois

William and Sandra discovered Kol Hadash when they were looking for an officiant for their wedding who would celebrate Sandra’s Jewish heritage and their shared Humanistic beliefs and values. They chose Rabbi Chalom, and then decided to also check out Kol Hadash as a community. They became members a few months after their wedding. 

Wed, June 12 2024 6 Sivan 5784