Holidays, marriage topics for Humanistic rabbi

Rabbi Adam Chalom
Rabbi Adam Chalom

The Secular Humanist Jewish Circle has planned two lectures this month by Rabbi Adam Chalom of the Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in Lincolnshire, Ill.

The first, “Holidays Without the Holy: Secular Approaches to Religious Tradition,”will be held Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation, 1245 E. Second St. Chalom will address the question, if holiday traditions were originally made by people, can they be remade by people as well? The lecture is free and co-sponsored by Hillel the Secular Student Alliance.

The second lecture, “Love and Marriage: From the Bible to Modern Jewish Life,” will take place from Sunday, Feb. 14, from 2:30-5 p.m. at the Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. Chalom will discuss the history and reality of creating Jewish families, then and now. Participants are asked to bring a snack to share.

Chalom was ordained by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in 2001. He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies, Hebrew and Jewish cultural studies concentration from the University of Michigan.

RSVP to srubinaz@comcast.net or 577-7718.