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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  • The Best That’s Yet to Come April 8, 2021
    The history of sports is filled with stories of great teams that never won championships or of great players who never got to show off their talent to the world. As a fan of the San Antonio Spurs, I still think, what if Kawhi Leonard didn’t get injured in the playoffs in 2017. Would the […]
  • Expecting a Different Result April 1, 2021
    As the saying goes, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result. If that’s the case, then Israelis are surely considering institutionalizing themselves, or at least their politicians. After an unprecedented fourth election in only two years, the political situation is again deadlocked. There is […]
  • Why Not Both? March 25, 2021
    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about options. Usually, we want more of them. I don’t want just two choices: vanilla and chocolate. I want at least 31 flavors, if not more. But there is a downside to multiple options too, which is that usually we must choose. Sure, some ice cream shops might offer […]
  • A Jewish Dog’s Life March 18, 2021
    In a second season episode of the TV show Shtisel, a character is kicked out of a yeshiva for having a dog. Even though they are considered filthy creatures in the ultra-Orthodox community, a family member helps the young man take care of the pup. They try to find a new home for the animal […]
  • Not Rude, Just Excited March 11, 2021
    Dinner at my house during the pandemic has been a double-edged sword. On the one hand it is wonderful to spend time together as a family each day. Given that most of us in our household are working or doing school from home makes it easier for all of us to eat together. The downside […]
  • Recognized Community March 4, 2021
    It is often striking how American and Israeli culture wars follow each other. Both country’s political systems are paralyzed by divided societies. In the US it is an increasingly urban/suburban vs. rural clash, while in Israel the conflict pits Orthodox vs. secular Jews. This week the battle was intensified by a landmark decision of the […]
  • If You Don’t Laugh, You’ll Cry February 25, 2021
    Purim, a holiday that commemorates a thwarted genocide, has somehow become a dress-up party filled with jokes, satire, and general tomfoolery. How do we reconcile these seeming contradictions? Probably the best way to do so is with the age old saying: if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. Sure, we could spend our time on Purim […]
  • Isn’t It Romantic February 19, 2021
    A couple of winters ago I tried to find a good Hanukkah movie to watch as a family on Disney+ with its extensive historic catalog. Unfortunately, I found, unsurprisingly, that the company did not dedicate its vast resources to producing content for Jews. I did discover one movie, Full-Court Miracle, that was actually not terrible, […]
  • Time and Space Oddities February 11, 2021
    This Shabbat is a bit special. OK, yes, every Shabbat is special, so maybe I should rephrase that to read: this Shabbat is a bit unusual. First of all, it is Rosh Hodesh, the first day of the month of Adar. Second of all, it is Shabbat Shekalim, one of the four special Sabbaths before […]
  • What is a Jewish Community? February 4, 2021
    This week the Israeli Supreme Court heard a case about a member of the Abayudaya community of Ugandan Jews who is seeking to become an Israeli citizen. The Ministry of the Interior in Israel denied his request because it does not recognize his conversion to Judaism. Normally, Israel accepts immigration requests from people who convert […]