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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  • Between the Fast and the Feast September 17, 2021
    The time between Yom Kippur and Sukkot is a bit odd. Virtually the entire Hebrew month of Tishrei is filled with holidays, fasts, observances, and special days which include added prayers or unusual Torah readings. But for the five days from the end of the Day of Atonement until the beginning of the Festival of […]
  • Finding the Right Words September 9, 2021
    When I was a kid, learning the rules of English grammar, it was drilled into me that when writing about a generic person one should always use the phrase “he or she” even though no one actually talks that way. In speech, if I was scolding a mixed gendered class, I would say “Whoever left […]
  • Free Exercise September 3, 2021
    As the country waited for word this week from the Supreme Court on its decision regarding a law in Texas that bans abortions performed before 6 weeks of pregnancy, a woman wrote on Twitter that the new law violated her rights as a Jewish woman. Some non-Jews replied with curious questions. How could she make […]
  • Law and Love August 26, 2021
    Judaism is often described as a religion of law while Christianity is a religion of love. This simplistic comparison is often not helpful when trying to understand two great religious traditions filled with whole libraries of material and scholars who often disagree. Indeed, Judaism cherishes love while Christianity also values the law. Take for example the Hasidic […]
  • Jewish Ghosts August 19, 2021
    What does Judaism mean in a country without Jews? As a people, we have been all over the earth in our wanderings, but we don’t always stay. Whether we have been kicked out or moved on for our own reasons, there are many places around the world with Jewish cemeteries and Jewish buildings, but no […]
  • We are the Champions August 12, 2021
    The Olympics recently concluded after two weeks of athletic excellence, heartbreak, and triumph. Missing this year were the crowds cheering on the athletes as they competed. I found that watching on TV, I didn’t feel that the competitions were diminished because of the empty gymnasiums, arenas, and stadiums. Maybe we have gotten used to this […]
  • Extraordinary Claims August 5, 2021
    One of the important mitzvot in the Jewish tradition is that of hachnasat orchim, welcoming guests. We are encouraged to invite people into our homes and give them shelter and food, just as our ancestor Abraham did with the three mysterious guests who visited his tent in the desert. Those three men turned out to […]
  • How to Make Amazing Moments July 29, 2021
    As we began to emerge from the isolation of COVID this spring, one of the aspects of life many families were looking forward to was summer camp. What better way to return to sense of normal life than kids getting a chance to be away from their parents, who they had been cooped up with […]
  • Hate for Hate’s Sake July 22, 2021
    Tisha B’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, commemorates the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem. According to tradition, the First Temple, built by King Solomon, was destroyed because the Israelites had violated the most important laws of the Torah: they worshiped idols, shed blood, and engaged in sexual indiscretions. During Second Temple times, […]
  • Country and Eastern July 15, 2021
    When I was growing up in Texas, the last radio station I would ever listen to was country and western. Even though I was growing up in the heart of cowboy country, I was not interested in its music. Like many teenagers, I was looking for music that seemed cool, exotic, and a little “undiscovered”, […]