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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  • Elections Have Consequences October 22, 2020
    In American high anxiety reigns as we look forward to Election Day in less than two weeks, while in Israel leaders are now facing the consequences of an election that took place months ago. Right before the coronavirus shut down much of our normal life, the elections for the World Zionist Congress concluded weeks of […]
  • Life in the Clouds October 15, 2020
    What is life and what are the conditions needed for it to begin and thrive? These are questions that drive planetary scientists but also theologians. This week we begin again the reading of Bereshit, Genesis, which starts with the creation of the earth and the beginning of life on our planet. While the first chapter […]
  • Torah at the Center October 8, 2020
    While all of the Jewish holidays pose particular challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, Simchat Torah may be the most diminished. The central ritual of this holiday includes actions that are potential spreaders of the virus: loud singing and packed in dancing. How can we possibly celebrate the holiday in a safe way? Our answer at […]
  • When a Wall is not a Wall October 1, 2020
    One of the blessings of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has forced us to question assumptions, practices and old ways of thinking. Most of life is lived through inertia: we do things a certain way because that’s always the way we have done them. But now that the coronavirus has upended our set patterns, […]
  • RIP RBG September 24, 2020
    The Jewish community and our country as a whole lost a great figure on the eve of Rosh Hashanah last week. The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one final blow in a year full of trauma and loss. Justice Ginsburg was a strong, creative force for change who helped ensure that […]
  • Acclamation for Methuselah September 17, 2020
    In the book and movie Jurassic Park, scientists extract DNA from the blood in ancient mosquitos trapped in amber to produce modern versions of long dead dinosaurs. The results, predictably, are disastrous as the previously extinct beasts rampage and kill. It’s a fascinating idea, science reviving the dead, and now researchers in Israel have done […]
  • From Synagogue to Home September 10, 2020
    A crisis often exposes what is important in life. In normal times our actions are guided by inertia as often as intention. We do things because that is always the way we have done them. But when we face a challenge we have to decide what is critical and must be preserved at all costs, […]
  • The Warmth of Peace September 3, 2020
    This week, for the first time ever, an Israeli passenger jet took off from Tel Aviv and landed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The historic occasion was the establishment of official relations between Israel and the UAE, marking the third time an Arab nation has made peace with Israel, after Egypt and Jordan. The […]
  • The Eyes of the Persecuted August 27, 2020
    57 years ago today, August 27, hundreds of thousands of people were preparing for a historic mass march on Washington which would become a turning point in American democracy. It would be the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech but also powerful addresses by the John Lewis and Rabbi Joachim […]
  • Bring it Home August 20, 2020
    It’s been 5 months since our world changed. For many, it felt like being grounded by our parents: no more going out, the party’s over. Everyone has responded in their own way. Some love the fact that the Internet and streaming platforms can bring the world to our screens. Others are not interested in Zoom […]