Rabbi Benjamin Adler

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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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  • Let Your Voice be heard! January 23, 2020
    There is an important election coming up that will determine the future of the Jewish people. Yes, I am referring to the next Israeli Knesset ballot in only a few weeks, but also to a vote that any American Jew can participate in right now. Until March 11, the polls are open for the election […]
  • Simple But Powerful January 16, 2020
    Symbolic actions can have important effects, even without practical implication. This week the Virginia legislature ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, providing the final state required to ensure that the article could be added to the US Constitution. The only problem is that the deadline for ratification passed decades ago. Some legal scholars argue that it […]
  • Not Far Away January 9, 2020
    Several weeks ago, the Adath Israel Men’s Club sponsored a trip to see the exhibit “Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away.” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York. The exhibit was originally scheduled to close in December, but has been extended through August. It’s a […]
  • Jewish State of Mind January 2, 2020
    The age old debate of Jewish identity jumped into the mainstream media when the president signed an executive order extending anti-discrimination protections to Jewish college students even though the law does not mention religion as a protected group. The implication many drew from this decision was that the administration was now considering Jews to be […]
  • The Jewish Christmas December 27, 2019
    This week on December 25th my family and I engaged in that most hallowed of Jewish traditions … a night out with dear friends at a Chinese restaurant. We joke about it, but there really is something to digging into a plate of sesame chicken while it seems the rest of the country is home […]
  • A Check on Power December 19, 2019
    When the House of Representatives voted this week to impeach the president, my kids asked me what that means, and I had a hard time explaining it. What exactly is impeachment? It’s not the removal of a government official, since the Senate decides that. It’s not really an accusation of wrongdoing, since anyone can accuse […]
  • Knowledge is Power December 12, 2019
    Often the first thing we hear about something is what we remember about it. Journalists internalize this lesson in their concept of the lede, the first paragraph of a news report that summarizes the most important elements of the story. To “bury the lede” is to leave out a key aspect from that initial passage. […]
  • The Damage of Seeing December 5, 2019
    While impeachment hearings have consumed the attention of the nation, the Senate this week held an inquiry into a possible new law on privacy. The inspiration for the bill is the California Consumer Privacy Act, which was passed last year and is set to go into effect January 1, 2020. While the California law will […]
  • Timeless, but Invented November 28, 2019
    Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings us together, something we celebrate each year in Lawrenceville with our annual interfaith service. This year our gathering was held at the Islamic Circle of Mercer County, and it was a wonderful chance for people of many faiths and backgrounds to celebrate American values. But what are those values […]
  • For Your Own Good November 21, 2019
    In September 1974 President Gerald Ford pardoned his predecessor, Richard Nixon, for any crimes he may have committed during the Watergate scandal. The decision was controversial, with some raising the possibility that Nixon had resigned only on the condition that his successor, Ford, would grant him a pardon (the 1970s version of the quid pro […]