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“We joined Kol Hadash because we were looking for a congregation that allowed us to be Jewish without feeling fake and to raise our children with a religious background that matched our view of religion.”

    -- Survey Respondent, 2016

“We enjoy the relaxed, approachable atmosphere at Kol Hadash and appreciate that there can be many different viewpoints without any judgments.”

    -- Lisa L., Northbrook


Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation more than a congregation. We are a warm and inclusive community celebrating Jewish life through human knowledge, power and responsibility.


Our Voices

Meet some members. Listen to their stories about finding a home at Kol Hadash and meet our diverse and interesting community.

Our Beliefs

We believe that human beings have the intelligence and wisdom to determine the purpose and course of their lives, free of supernatural guidance.

Our Rabbis

Meet Rabbi Adam Chalom and Rabbi Emeritus Daniel Friedman.




Our Education Director

Meet Education Director Ilana Shaffer.


Our Members

Meet some members who have found a home at Kol Hadash.



Our Partners

Meet our partners in both the Chicagoland Jewish and Humanist communities, the world-wide movement of Secular Humanistic Judaism, and others.

Kol Hadash is part of both the Chicagoland Jewish and Humanist communities, and the world-wide movement of Secular Humanistic Judaism. Find out more about our affiliated and partner organizations.

Kol Hadash was founded by 100 families in July 2001 in Deerfield, Illinois. Most of our founding members have been involved with Humanistic Judaism for many years, but we soon found that our message appeals to new families who had never heard of Humanistic Judaism.

Single and married people, LBGTQIA+ and straight families, with children and without, Jewish and multi-heritage households — all of us have found a home at Kol Hadash and feel connected to the Jewish family by birth, by marriage and by choice.

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Mon, May 17 2021 6 Sivan 5781