Rabbi Benjamin Adler

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Contact Rabbi Adler rabbiadler@adathisraelnj.org

Rabbi Benjamin Adler, currently the spiritual leader of Adath Israel Congregation in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, is passionate about being present and guiding individuals and families through the sweetness, sorrows, challenges, and opportunities of Jewish life. Drawing on the ancient wisdom of the tradition and the progressive values of modern Judaism, he has spent years building and sustaining warm, committed, and caring communities that support each member as they find their own unique spiritual path.

A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City where he earned a master’s degree in Jewish Philosophy, Rabbi Adler also studied at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, he graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a BA in History.

Before entering rabbinical school, he worked for Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York City and spent time working in the digital media world. Rabbi Adler has served congregations in Rockaway, New Jersey, Pittsfield, Massachusetts and Greenport, New York.

He has served as vice president of the New Jersey Rabbinical Assembly, on the board of trustees of the Hebrew Academy of Morris County, and on the Religious Pluralism committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey. Rabbi Adler co-founded the Rockaway Interfaith Community, participates in the New Jersey Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, and helped plan a conference that trained Conservative rabbis in the skills of community organizing.

When he is not teaching, preaching, and leading his congregation, Rabbi Adler can probably be found following the San Antonio Spurs, reading, watching a good movie or TV show, out on the water in his stand-up paddleboard, or on the slopes in the winter. He is married to Lisa Adler, a fellow Jewish communal professional, and they have three children: Ronen, Jonah, and Miya.

Photo credit: Johanna Resnick Rosen

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  • A Bridgeable Divide August 16, 2018
    The Conservative movement in Israel has struggled for decades to gain recognition and support for our brand of Judaism. The strategy has been to educate Israelis about an open, egalitarian, but traditional version of Judaism while also fighting in the political sphere for acceptance. A recent opinion piece by two secular Israelis has thrown this […]
  • In on the Joke August 9, 2018
    Stereotypes often reveal more information about the biases of the people who hold them than of the people who are their targets. The comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest character, on his new Showtime series Who is America? is a macho ex-military Israeli who plays on American conservative misperceptions of Israel. The right in the United […]
  • A Matter of Trust August 2, 2018
    Trust is an essential quality for any community institution. Without it, the public has no faith in the ability of its leaders to execute their functions. Last week I was discussing kashrut certification with some people and noted that the system all comes down to the faith one puts in the symbols you find on […]
  • Vestige of History July 26, 2018
    History is full of ironies. Often a custom or tradition that seems ancient turns out to only be a few years old. Sometimes an institution that feels deeply rooted in our past turns out to be borrowed from another culture. Such is the case of marriage in Israel. In America one can apply for a […]
  • A Delicate Balance July 19, 2018
    Israel is a democracy like no other. While most countries have a constitution to guide its government, Israel does not. Instead it has what are called Basic Laws, a set of laws governing the central institutions of the state passed by the Knesset with a simple majority but which cannot be easily changed. The Knesset […]
  • The People’s Place July 12, 2018
    Archeology often leads to new understandings of the way people in the past really lived. Reading ancient literary sources gives you a sense of how that particular author wants you to believe about life at the time, but it may not reflect reality. Imagine a future historian using 21st century novels to reconstruct our lives. […]
  • Don’t Take for Granted July 5, 2018
    Our daily lives are filled with all kinds of moments and details that we take for granted and often don’t notice until someone points them out. We are so used to them that they just fade into the background of our experience. For me one such detail is the American and Israeli flags in the […]
  • Loving the Imperfect June 28, 2018
    This week my kids each began their summer Jewish experiences: one at our local Abrams JCC day camp, one at Camp Ramah in New England, and one with the USY on Wheels teen trip around America. What all three have in common is a unique ability to reach kids with a love of Judaism in […]
  • Two Religions, Three Opinions June 21, 2018
    The images and stories of children separated from their parents at the southern border have grabbed out attention in recent weeks. Public outrage at a cruel and inhuman policy has led the administration to reverse itself and stop the practice of separating families for now, but the fate of the thousands who were already affected […]
  • People of the Numbers June 14, 2018
    Jews in the 20th and 21st centuries have been obsessed with demographics. We are constantly counting ourselves and wondering how many members a synagogue has, how many Jews live in a particular area and what those numbers will be in the future. Perhaps this is a symptom of being Israel, the Ever-Dying People. I see […]