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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  • None to Make Him Afraid January 22, 2021
    Inauguration day in America has been described as the closest we have in this country to a civic religious holiday. It is filled with ritual, time honored traditions, and of course, prayer. Each ceremony is framed by religious leaders offering an invocation and benediction. Usually, the clergy chosen have some connection to the new president, […]
  • Who’s First? January 14, 2021
    A few months ago, as the coronavirus pandemic was raging, I watched the movie Contagion. Even though it was made almost 10 years ago, it has eerily predicted almost every aspect of the last year: the China origin of the virus, the failed attempts to contain it, the government mismanagement, the quack treatments, masks and […]
  • Hope and Healing January 7, 2021
    2021 was supposed to be the start of better times, but the first week of this year seems to only add to our misery. Wednesday set a record for the most coronavirus deaths in the United States since the epidemic began, even as the news was dominated by the mob that took over the Capitol, […]
  • Separating Art from Life December 31, 2020
    In the science fiction masterpiece, The Book of the New Sun, a character asks the question “Is all the world a war of good and bad? Have you not thought it could be something more?” The young protagonist, to whom the question is posed, is struck dumb. He had always assumed that in fact the […]
  • This Again December 24, 2020
    If it seems to you that 2020 is a real-life version of the movie Groundhog Day, where the same patterns repeat over and over again, you are not alone. For so many of us stuck at home, each day is the same. What started out as a nice break from the hectic rat race, a […]
  • Close Enough December 17, 2020
    Hanukkah menorahs come in all shapes and sizes. In our house we have one decorated with basketball players, several handmade versions by both adults and children, one in the shape of Noah’s ark that was given to our children but now used by me, and one “traditional” hanukkiah (Hanukkah lamp) that resembles the original menorah […]
  • Are We Alone? December 10, 2020
    According to the Talmud, when primordial Adam got to his first winter, he saw the days getting shorter and shorter. He thought that eventually the hours of the day would shrink until there was only darkness, and his response was to fast at this distressing development. After 8 days however, he reached the winter solstice […]
  • Guarding Ourselves December 3, 2020
    On the good news that a coronavirus vaccine might soon see emergency approval here in the United States, we are going to enter a new phase of the pandemic. For months we have been confined to using non-medical mitigation methods of stopping the spread. In other words we have tried to stay home as much […]
  • Talk Turkey November 26, 2020
    This year’s Thanksgiving will certainly be different than that of years past. Our meals will be smaller, our gatherings migrated to Zoom and other video chat platforms. And yet we still come together to give thanks for what we have and the blessings that fill our lives. Over the years I have pointed out the […]
  • From Israel with Love November 19, 2020
    As a fan of my hometown San Antonio Spurs, I have been incredibly blessed to watch the team win 5 championships in 15 years and make the playoffs for 22 seasons in a row. So this year it was a bit odd to watch the NBA Draft and see my team pick a player in […]