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Rabbi Adam Chalom

Chicago , IL

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Chicago, IL US 60035

PHONE

847-602-4500

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Deborah
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6/4/2006
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Officiant: Rabbi Adam Chalom, A+++++++++++++++++++
www.kolhadash.com, rabbichalom@kolhadeash.com, 847-602-4500 We LOVED LOVED LOVED Rabbi Chalom!! From our first meeting with him, we knew we would never find a better of officiant of any religion for us. I'm Jewish and dh is a nonpracticing Catholic of Mexican descent. We wanted to be married by a rabbi but the few we met with before Rabbi Chalom really rubbed us the wrong way. We wanted to incorporate both Mexican and Jewish traditions into our ceremony, namely the laso and the breaking the glasses. First off, its hard to find a rabbi who will officiate a mixed marriage. The others we did talk to were super expensive, we're talking $800 for an hr of work. this one rabbi insisted we have mariachi music. Umm, maybe if he paid for it and rolled his eyes when we said both our parents were divorced. Rabbi Chalom is so non-judgemental. Fi went in to our first meeting ready to say how wonderful he thought the Jewish faith was and how he was interested in converting (which he really is considering despite my lack of religiosity) when Rabbi Chalom says, "Hold on, the only thing I need to know to marry the 2 of you is do you love each other." Awwwww... He melted us right there. He asked us where we met how long we'd been together, what we liked best about eachother. He got us all mushy about eachother. He was full of helpful advice, everything from invitation wording with divorced parents to whether or not to have a huppah. At the ceremony he was this calming force who soothed my frazzled mother while getting ready, and calmed fi and I. He gave such a beautiful talk about us that was so personal it made me cry. He talked about how we are such a great team and how this was only making the love we had been sharing for 11 years official and was a way to share it with our friends and family. Everyone keeps telling me how great he was on both sides of the family. He also suggsted we both break different color glasses and then put them together in a mosaic or something to keep. What a great idea! He is a humanist rabbi so the only thing you have to know is he will not mention god. Even in hebrew, he does a prayer over the wine in Hebrew that refers to the rabbis of the past as opposed to god. That was fine with us. And our religious Jewish and Catholic relatives still thought it was beautiful. He charged $450. A bargain for everything he provided.
Officiant: Rabbi Adam Chalom, A+++++++++++++++++++
www.kolhadash.com, rabbichalom@kolhadeash.com, 847-602-4500 We Read more...
Officiant: Rabbi Adam Chalom, A+++++++++++++++++++
www.kolhadash.com, rabbichalom@kolhadeash.com, 847-602-4500 We LOVED LOVED LOVED Rabbi Chalom!! From our first meeting with him, we knew we would never find a better of officiant of any religion for us. I'm Jewish and dh is a nonpracticing Catholic of Mexican descent. We wanted to be married by a rabbi but the few we met with before Rabbi Chalom really rubbed us the wrong way. We wanted to incorporate both Mexican and Jewish traditions into our ceremony, namely the laso and the breaking the glasses. First off, its hard to find a rabbi who will officiate a mixed marriage. The others we did talk to were super expensive, we're talking $800 for an hr of work. this one rabbi insisted we have mariachi music. Umm, maybe if he paid for it and rolled his eyes when we said both our parents were divorced. Rabbi Chalom is so non-judgemental. Fi went in to our first meeting ready to say how wonderful he thought the Jewish faith was and how he was interested in converting (which he really is considering despite my lack of religiosity) when Rabbi Chalom says, "Hold on, the only thing I need to know to marry the 2 of you is do you love each other." Awwwww... He melted us right there. He asked us where we met how long we'd been together, what we liked best about eachother. He got us all mushy about eachother. He was full of helpful advice, everything from invitation wording with divorced parents to whether or not to have a huppah. At the ceremony he was this calming force who soothed my frazzled mother while getting ready, and calmed fi and I. He gave such a beautiful talk about us that was so personal it made me cry. He talked about how we are such a great team and how this was only making the love we had been sharing for 11 years official and was a way to share it with our friends and family. Everyone keeps telling me how great he was on both sides of the family. He also suggsted we both break different color glasses and then put them together in a mosaic or something to keep. What a great idea! He is a humanist rabbi so the only thing you have to know is he will not mention god. Even in hebrew, he does a prayer over the wine in Hebrew that refers to the rabbis of the past as opposed to god. That was fine with us. And our religious Jewish and Catholic relatives still thought it was beautiful. He charged $450. A bargain for everything he provided. Read less
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