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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  • Hiding Out May 21, 2020
    This Thursday evening marks Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, when Israel defeated Jordan and captured the eastern part of the city, uniting it for the first time under Jewish rule in thousands of years. It is a day of celebration, but also one of controversy since Israel’s sovereignty over all of Jerusalem is not recognized by […]
  • New Normals May 14, 2020
    Every phase of the coronavirus pandemic brings new challenges. At first it was trying to figure out how to go about our normal business safely (washing our hands frequently, no more handshakes or kissing the Torah); then it was deciding when and how to close institutions and businesses and work from home as much as […]
  • Healthy Eating May 7, 2020
    Ten years ago, during a Rabbinical Assembly convention in New York, I participated in a program called Rav HaMakshir, a short intensive course for rabbis on how to supervise a kitchen. Of course all rabbis learn the laws of Kashrut, but there are unique issues associated with an industrial kitchen, either in an institution or […]
  • Faith vs. State April 30, 2020
    The coronavirus pandemic has affected people and industries in so many different ways. Some have lost their jobs; others continue to work but are on the front lines coming in contact with other people, while some are able to work from home. Some industries, such as those that offer streaming services, are thriving, while others, […]
  • Rituals Transformed April 24, 2020
    As the coronavirus continues to transform our lives, each week brings a new challenge. For the Jewish people it was how to celebrate Passover, for Christians Easter and now for Muslims the month of Ramadan. Each holiday presents its own set of dilemmas, but in all cases the main problem is not being able to […]
  • Trust Me April 14, 2020
    The final two days of Passover, which begin Tuesday evening and continue Wednesday and Thursday, are associated with the Israelites crossing the Sea of Reeds, with the Pharaoh’s army in pursuit. The Israelites were stuck between a rock and a hard place. They could either drown in the sea or face certain defeat against a […]
  • Our Hope is Not Yet Lost April 7, 2020
    In the midst of crisis the greatest gift we have as human beings is the ability to hope. In spite of whatever darkness surrounds us, we can choose to believe that better things are ahead. This impulse to search for future redemption is beautifully captured in the traditional Passover Seder. As we recall God bringing […]
  • Plan B April 2, 2020
    The Jewish calendar waits for no one and no thing. Coronavirus or no, we will be gathering around our tables next week to celebrate our freedom as a people on Passover. But this holiday will feel different for so many. Pesach, the most celebrated home ritual in Jewish life, will be observed this year at […]
  • Rewriting the Rules March 26, 2020
    So much is happening each and every day in this crazy coronavirus world, there are important news stories you probably have missed, so I am using this week’s Shabbat message to highlight some headlines that may not have reached your screen. In Israel, the COVID-19 crisis has been compounded by political and constitutional anarchy. The […]
  • Brave New World March 19, 2020
    Former mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel once said “you never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” In an emergency, rules and norms go out the window as we try to get by in a new […]