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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  • Power to Destroy and Save March 21, 2019
    The world was shocked, but not surprised, by the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand last week. Once again, violence invaded the sacred space of a place of worship. It is a story we have sadly told over and over the last few years. Religious violence is not new. The Bible refers […]
  • A Perfect Copy March 14, 2019
    On March 24th Adath will host an event as part of the One Book One Jewish Community program. The book this year is The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas, an historical novel of the ancient storeroom in Fustat that yielded immense information about Judaism and the medieval world. Whenever I finish […]
  • Injustice Anywhere March 7, 2019
    This week I got to experience a special treat, attending a lecture at Mercer County Community College by a professor of mine from college, Eric Foner, on Reconstruction, the period right after the Civil War. It was also the subject of the class of his I took years ago so it brought back many memories […]
  • Vote Against Hate February 28, 2019
    This April, Israel will hold elections for the Knesset, its parliament, which will determine the next prime minister. With less than six weeks to go, the country is in full campaign mode as parties and candidates jockey for position. Israel’s system differs greatly from our own and creates a unique playing field. Because elections for […]
  • New Moon February 21, 2019
    As I wrote about a while back, 2019 is a big year for the moon with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11, China’s landing a probe on the farside and now the launch of Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft. If all goes according to plan, the company SpaceIL will send an unmanned lander […]
  • Shift the Tide February 14, 2019
    After living in America for 350 years, through the ups and downs of anti-Semitism, it seems like we are entering a period when it is getting less comfortable to be Jewish in this country. Things have certainly been much worse, but perhaps in the decades following WWII we were spoiled as anti-Jewish behavior and feeling […]
  • A First Step February 7, 2019
    During this week’s State of the Union speech, the president touted a rare bipartisan victory – the passage of criminal justice reform. Congress passed, and the president signed, a law that reduces the sentences for some non-violent offenders in federal prisons, along with other reforms to the system, including banning the shackling of pregnant inmates. […]
  • Moving Forward January 31, 2019
    This spring the Forward, which has covered the Jewish world for 121 years, will no longer produce a print edition. After surviving a tumultuous period of American Jewish history, the former newspaper will transition to an all-digital presence. The reality is that the Forward has gone through many iterations. What was once a Yiddish daily […]
  • Choose Wisely January 24, 2019
    There is a principle in Jewish tradition that one cannot go “shopping” for a rabbinic opinion. A person should stick with a rabbi and follow that rabbi’s rulings no matter what. Otherwise, the pluralistic nature of Judaism could be exploited for personal gain. Since one can probably find a rabbi for every possible position on […]
  • Moments in Time January 17, 2019
    There is a quote from the writer Marc Levy on the different ways we appreciate time which reads, in part: “If you want to know the value of one second, ask the person who just escaped death in a car accident.” I couldn’t help but think about these words as I listened to our member […]