Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism are dedicated to creating the best and most effective educational and intellectual experiences for our professional students and adult learners. Part-time faculty provide additional depth and academic rigor to our professional and public programs.


Rabbi Adam Chalom - Dean, North America:
Rabbi Chalom was ordained by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in 2001, and received his PhD in Near Eastern Studies - Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies concentration from the University of Michigan. In addition to his work with the Institute, Rabbi Chalom is the rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in north suburban Chicago, Illinois. Contact Rabbi Chalom at info@iishj.org or 847.602.4500.


Rabbi Miriam Jerris - Associate Professor of Professional Development:
Rabbi Jerris holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies and Masters Degrees in Near Eastern Studies and Humanistic and Clinical Psychology. She was ordained with the second rabbinic class of the IISHJ in North America. Rabbi Jerris also serves as the Rabbi of the Society for Humanistic Judaism.



Jennifer Grodsky - Operations Manager, North America:
Jennifer Grodsky holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Michigan (Dearborn). She is also the Information Manager for the Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ) and is a member of the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Metro Detroit, SHJ’s founding congregation. Married by Rabbi Sherwin Wine in the early 1990s, Jennifer and her family have been long term members and supporters of Humanistic Judaism. Email Jennifer here.


Jeremy Owens

Jeremy Owens - Executive Assistant, North America:
With a background in theater, Jeremy Owens enjoys welcoming people to the IISHJ office. He supports the ideals of the movement through his activities in local politics. Contact Jeremy at info@iishj.org or 847-383-6330.




Rabbi Sivan Malkin Maas

Rabbi Sivan Malkin Maas - Dean, Israel:
The first Israeli rabbi ordained by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in 2003. Rabbi Maas is the Dean of Tmura-IISHJ in Jerusalem and director of "The Secular Library," publishing works on Judaism as culture. She is also president of "Secular Judaism," a coalition of Secular Humanistic projects and organizations in Israel. She has previously run the Jerusalem "Nachlavia" community council and served as a Jewish Agency emissary to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Contact Rabbi Maas at info@iishj.org.