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"The best thing about Kol Hadash has been getting to know so many interesting, thoughtful and articulate people who share similar attitudes and philosophies."

 – Sheila S., Buffalo Grove


Whether we were raised in a Jewish tradition, married someone Jewish or discovered Judaism as adults, we are all welcome at Kol Hadash.

Karen & Chris and Family

Chris and Karen joined Kol Hadash to give their children an awareness of their Jewish heritage and culture and to teach them values within a secular environment. Chris’s mother is a devout Catholic and his father an atheist. Karen attended a Reform congregation from kindergarten through confirmation. They live in Long Grove.

Leah & Helga and Family

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, and the philosophy feels true to their individual beliefs and family structure. They live in Highland Park.

Nancy & Mike and Family

Nancy and Mike live in Geneva, Illinois, and drive one hour each way to bring their son to Sunday School. While on vacation, they heard Rabbi Chalom speak. At the time, they belonged to a Reconstructionist congregation, but after their conversation with Rabbi Chalom, they joined Kol Hadash.

Irene & Al 

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. They live in Buffalo Grove.

Emma & Tony

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. Emma and Tony live in Highwood.

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