Adam Chalom is the Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism and serves as Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in north suburban Chicago. He graduated cum laude from Yale University with a degree in Judaic Studies, and received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan.
As clergy serving the intermarried from marriage through child rearing and beyond, as well as an educator training rabbis for a vibrant and diverse Jewish future, the celebration of multi-heritage Jews and their families is key to Rabbi Chalom’s work and values.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Carl M. Perkins is the spiritual leader of Temple Aliya in Needham, Massachusetts. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Rabbi Perkins is the author of Embracing Judaism, an introduction to Judaism for prospective Jews by choice. His professional and academic interests include Jewish education, outreach to interfaith families, Midrash and Talmud.
David Schoem is the Director of the Michigan Community Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he teaches in Sociology and Judaic Studies about intergroup relations, the American Jewish community, and education. He has many publications, including College Knowledge for the Jewish Student: 101 Tips, Intergroup Dialogue, and Teaching the Whole Student: Engaged Learning With Heart, Mind, and Spirit.
Marcia Kramer Mayer is a Senior Vice President of NERA Economic Consulting
in New York. She holds an A.B. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, both in economics. Dr. Mayer’s late husband, Egon Mayer, was a sociology pioneer in research on Jewish intermarriage and author of the classic book Love and Tradition, whose embracing message inspires the Love & Tradition Institute. She has three children, including an intermarried daughter.
Deborah Waxman is the President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the first woman rabbi to head a Jewish congregational union and lead a Jewish seminary. She was named to the Forward 50, a highly selective list of the most inspiring and influential American Jewish leaders, in 2015. Waxman graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University and earned a Ph.D. from Temple University. She received rabbinical ordination and a Master of Arts in Hebrew letters from RRC.
Al Maroun is a self-employed ingredients supplier to many of New England’s largest bakeries. He grew up as a Maronite Arab American. While always embracing his Lebanese heritage and ethnicity, Al chose Judaism spiritually and formally converted. He earned his B.A. in economics from Boston College. Al continues to explore and study Judaism, his Lebanese roots, and the Hebrew and Arabic languages. He is married to Stephanie Fine Maroun.
Susan Kushner Resnick is the author of the three books including New York Times bestselling memoir You Saved Me, Too: What a Holocaust Survivor Taught Me about Living, Dying, Loving, Fighting, and Swearing in Yiddish. A well-published journalist for 29 years, Ms. Resnick teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University. She is the mother of two adult children for whom she hopes the choice to intermarry will be supported by all branches of Judaism.
Stephanie Fine Maroun is an Admission Officer at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and also studied at Hebrew University and the Oxford University Centre for Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Her father was the son of Russian immigrants and her mother, a Danish Lutheran by birth, had an Orthodox conversion. She and her husband have four children.
Adam Kessel is a Principal at the law firm of Fish & Richardson P.C., where he handles intellectual property disputes. He serves on the Board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, the Northeastern University Law School Alumni Board, and the Advisory Committee of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action. He founded an organization dedicated to making the area more walkable called WalkUP Roslindale. Adam and his wife Rachele, who chose Judaism, have two daughters.
David Ellenson is the Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and Visiting Professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. He served as President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion from 2001-2013. Ellenson received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and was ordained as a rabbi by HUC-JIR . His distinguished career includes many publications about Orthodox Judaism and about conversion in Israel, North America and Europe.