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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  • 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 […]
  • You Don’t Make Peace with Friends September 12, 2019
    The announcement this week that the United States cancelled a scheduled round of peace talks with the Taliban at Camp David shocked many. While it was no secret that America has been negotiating an end to the conflict in Afghanistan, no one knew that there was a plan to meet at the presidential retreat. Most […]
  • The Power of Art September 5, 2019
    Should popular entertainment challenge us or provide escapism? This is a question we constantly struggle with. Sometimes we want to delve into a story that speaks to the social or political moment, and sometimes we want to turn off the world around us and become immersed in a fun story. The rare creative work can […]
  • Universal vs. Particular August 29, 2019
    American Judaism for close to 400 years has been navigating a position between the universal and the particular. We are a people that has been reviled, attacked, and squeezed into ghettos because of our stubborn adherence to a unique religion and culture. For much of our history that has meant withdrawing inward to focus on […]
  • Dancing in the Vineyards August 22, 2019
    After the tragedy of the  destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem is commemorated on Tisha B’Av, the Jewish calendar shifts into seven weeks of positive thinking. We read seven haftarot of comfort that speak of redemption and return from exile, culminating with Rosh Hashanah. In other words, the season of the High Holy Days has […]
  • The High Road August 15, 2019
    Israel this week made a decision to prohibit two congresswomen from entering the country on a planned visit. The lawmakers, Ilhan Omar from Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib from Michigan, have been highly critical of Israel, which has a law barring anyone who supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement from entering the country. Israel […]
  • A Deepening Partnership August 8, 2019
    The last two weeks I have written about the Jewish community in Ethiopia, but there is another Jewish community in Africa, with which we at Adath have a strong connection. For the past year we have partnered with the Marom Kampala community, part of the Abayudaya. The link began last summer when one of the […]
  • Brothers Come Home August 1, 2019
    Spy stories often present terrible moral dilemmas. The undercover operative has to make a life or death decision or choose between love and country or figure out if the ends justify the means. Israeli spy stories, told in movies like Munich and The Debt, show how difficult it is to serve one’s country and remain […]
  • Shared Struggle July 25, 2019
    Cultural conflict is a basic part of all societies as political, economic, ethnic and racial groups are pitted against each other. In America it seems our struggle to get along has only increased in recent years as the rhetoric has heated up. Israel, too, has seen battles between religious and secular and hawks and doves. […]
  • A Giant Leap July 18, 2019
    This Shabbat marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, one of humanity’s great moments of exploration and scientific achievement. There have been many commemorations of this historic event focusing on different aspects – the bravery of the astronauts, the technology that needed to be invented from scratch, the geopolitical forces shaping the […]