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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  • Sworn In June 18, 2021
    My favorite news stories are the ones that combine my personal interests. I love it when disparate topics come together in unexpected ways. A couple of weeks ago I came upon a story that checks all the boxes: Judaism, science, politics, old books, and the history of printing. The newly appointed White House Science Advisor, […]
  • Transitions June 10, 2021
    As Israel prepares to transition to a new government, it also awaits the swearing in of a new president. In the US, the president is both the head of the government and the head of state, but in Israel the two roles are split. The prime minister holds all government power while the president serves […]
  • Strange Bedfellows June 3, 2021
    The phrase “politics makes strange bedfellows” has never been better applied than to the potential new government of Israel that is set to be sworn in soon. For the first time in 12 years, Binyamin Netanyahu will not be prime minister, and instead will be replaced by former American citizen Naftali Bennett. The new “change […]
  • Strength in the Face of Hate May 26, 2021
    It has been a difficult three years for the American Jewish community. In August 2018 white supremacists marched in Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us.” Only a few months later a shooter killed 11 and injured 6 at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, followed months later by another synagogue attack in Poway, […]
  • We’re Just People May 20, 2021
    Reports from Israel indicate that a ceasefire in the conflict with Gaza may come soon. We hope and pray that the fighting will stop, but we know that sometimes war gets out of the control even of the leaders who direct the battles. One stray missile or bomb could escalate the situation. This latest round […]
  • It’s Complicated May 13, 2021
    As we watch the terrible scenes of rocket and missile strikes in Israel and Gaza, as well as violent clashes in the streets there, we ask ourselves, “How did this happen?” We are used to seeing periodic violence in the Middle East, but after a bizarre year of COVID, it is odd to see the […]
  • Public Good May 6, 2021
    The key to our escape from the grip of COVID-19 is the development and distribution of vaccines. The pandemic has been global, but the vaccines have not been given equally around the globe. Instead, they have been used first in the wealthy nations where coronavirus has been incredibly deadly. How then will the vaccine make […]
  • The Fire is You April 29, 2021
    Tonight begins Lag BaOmer, a rather minor day on the Jewish calendar, but one filled with significance. According to tradition, in the time between Passover and Shavuot, know as Sefirat HaOmer, or the counting of the Omer, 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva died in a pandemic, but on the 33rd day (Lag = Lamed Gimmel […]
  • Justice for One and Justice for All April 22, 2021
    I still remember where I was when the OJ Simpson verdict was announced 26 years ago. I was in college taking a class on the history of New York City, and the professor understood that he would not be able to do much teaching that day. Instead, he had a television rolled into the lecture […]
  • Finding a Home April 15, 2021
    The world saw the end, this week, of one of the most remarkable marriages in history with the death of Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. They had known each other for over 81 years and were married for 73. He has been by her side through some of the most consequential moments […]