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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  • For Your Own Good November 21, 2019
    In September 1974 President Gerald Ford pardoned his predecessor, Richard Nixon, for any crimes he may have committed during the Watergate scandal. The decision was controversial, with some raising the possibility that Nixon had resigned only on the condition that his successor, Ford, would grant him a pardon (the 1970s version of the quid pro […]
  • The Enemy of My Enemy November 14, 2019
    My son is in Israel right now, studying at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel as part of his curriculum at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. For most of the last three months we have gotten reports of hikes, field trips and other amazing experiences. Unfortunately, this week he received a first-hand understanding […]
  • Planting for My Descendants November 7, 2019
    Intergenerational conflict has been the hallmark of American life for the last hundred years or so. Each generation rebels against the one before it. Children resent their parents and try to strike out on a new course that challenges old assumptions while parents scoff at young people who dismiss tried and true values. Today these […]
  • Loyal to a Fault October 31, 2019
    The Jewish people just can’t get away from the accusations of dual loyalty. A few months ago it was a Democratic congresswoman implying that Jews were more interested in serving Israel’s interests than America’s. Today it is the right accusing a decorated Army officer of allegiance to his homeland. Except this time the homeland is […]
  • Context is Everything October 25, 2019
    The Jewish world just completed one of our three pilgrimage holidays, Sukkot, called by the ancient rabbis “the Festival”. It was a time when, according to tradition, all of Israel would assemble at the Temple in Jerusalem for the observance of the holiday. Underneath the streets of modern Jerusalem, archeologists have uncovered a street that […]
  • Thankgivukkot October 18, 2019
    A few years ago Hanukkah fell on Thanksgiving, leading creative types to designate the convergence of two holidays Thanksgivukkah, but that date was not the only time Thanksgiving coincides with a Jewish holiday. In case you didn’t know, Canada celebrates its Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October, which this year was October 14th, also […]
  • Friends Indeed October 10, 2019
    When I first visited Israel as a teenager, we were given the option of going to various kinds of synagogues for Shabbat services. One week I chose a Kurdish synagogue in Jerusalem where I felt both at home and an outsider. I could kind of follow the prayers, which were in Hebrew but in tunes […]
  • Justice Above and Below October 3, 2019
    Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, humanity stands in judgement before God. As the majestic High Holy Day prayer Unetaneh Tokef reads “on this day we all pass before You, one by one, like a flock of sheep” to learn “who shall be humbled and who exalted.” Not only as individuals do we face uncertainty; […]
  • Parity for All September 26, 2019
    I enjoy learning new words when I read books, magazines and newspapers. Today I discovered the word paritetic as I read about the negotiations to form the next Israeli government. The word comes from parity, and describes a method of governance in which two groups are given completely equal power. The concept is totally foreign […]
  • Teaching Moment September 19, 2019
    Anti-Semitism came to Mercer County this week in the form of two disturbing incidents. The first was the use of the term “Jew her down” by the president of the Trenton City Council, and the second was the defacing of a Lawrence Township park with a swastika. Both instances remind us, in different ways, of […]