Rabbi Benjamin Adler

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Rabbi Benjamin Adler, has been the spiritual leader of Adath Israel Congregation for the last eight years, since arriving in July 2014. He 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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  • Sing Along August 11, 2022
    Friday is Tu B’Av, the 15th of Av in the Jewish calendar, which is called by the Talmud one of the most joyous days in all of Israel. Most Jews today don’t even know it exists since there are no rituals or prayers associated with it, but in ancient times it was a day when […]
  • Drip Drip August 4, 2022
    Here in in the Mercer and Bucks County area, we have been experiencing a particularly dry summer with exceedingly hot temperatures, resulting in the leaves of my poplar trees dropping as if it were October. One small side benefit has been that I have not had to mow my lawn quite as much as I […]
  • Difficult Position July 28, 2022
    Before 1948, when the State of Israel declared independence, a shadow Jewish government-in-waiting existed in the British Mandate of Palestine. There was a military organization, the Haganah, whose mission was to protect the Jewish community. There was also a political organization in the Jewish Agency with a hierarchy and leadership who could negotiate with the […]
  • Game Changer July 21, 2022
    Sometimes, what you thought was long ago settled can become an issue again. In 2015 the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protected same-sex marriage. Since that time, states have adjusted their procedures for obtaining marriage licenses and thousands of couples have gotten married under the new rules. The recent court decision overturning a right […]
  • Back in Time July 14, 2022
    One of the most popular tropes in science fiction stories is time travel. There is something endlessly fascinating about the idea of travelling back in time to see events we know about or travelling forward in time to see things we can only imagine. Every science fiction story that uses the idea must develop a […]
  • Tolerance or Equality? July 7, 2022
    In the wake of recent Supreme Court rulings on religious freedom issues, I have been thinking about what it means for Jews to live in a country where we are a tiny minority. America is probably the best place for Jews in the history of our diaspora, but there are times when our outsider status […]
  • Neutral Favor June 23, 2022
    In my message last week, I asked the question, what are schools for? This week, after a major Supreme Court decision requiring states to pay for students’ tuition at religious schools in some instances, the question continues to remain relevant. Not only are schools places where kids learn and provide childcare for parents so they […]
  • Substantially Equivalent June 16, 2022
    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reconsider so much of life that we took for granted before. Are business travel and in-person meetings really necessary? Is working from home as productive as doing the same tasks in an office? What exactly is the purpose of education for our children? When schools shut down two […]
  • Habsburg Solution June 9, 2022
    Whenever people ask me where in Europe my family came from, I usually say Vienna. That is the location where four out of five grandparents (excluding one “step-grandfather”) lived their adult lives before immigrating to America. Vienna had and still has a unique culture and language, even separate from the rest of Austria. Viennese describes […]
  • A New Way to Call June 2, 2022
    For the past two years, the Conservative movement has focused much of its energy and efforts on addressing the COVID pandemic. Our Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS) has addressed questions like how to conduct services on Zoom and whether there is a religious obligation to get vaccinated. While COVID is still very much […]