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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  • Shift the Tide February 14, 2019
    After living in America for 350 years, through the ups and downs of anti-Semitism, it seems like we are entering a period when it is getting less comfortable to be Jewish in this country. Things have certainly been much worse, but perhaps in the decades following WWII we were spoiled as anti-Jewish behavior and feeling […]
  • A First Step February 7, 2019
    During this week’s State of the Union speech, the president touted a rare bipartisan victory – the passage of criminal justice reform. Congress passed, and the president signed, a law that reduces the sentences for some non-violent offenders in federal prisons, along with other reforms to the system, including banning the shackling of pregnant inmates. […]
  • Moving Forward January 31, 2019
    This spring the Forward, which has covered the Jewish world for 121 years, will no longer produce a print edition. After surviving a tumultuous period of American Jewish history, the former newspaper will transition to an all-digital presence. The reality is that the Forward has gone through many iterations. What was once a Yiddish daily […]
  • Choose Wisely January 24, 2019
    There is a principle in Jewish tradition that one cannot go “shopping” for a rabbinic opinion. A person should stick with a rabbi and follow that rabbi’s rulings no matter what. Otherwise, the pluralistic nature of Judaism could be exploited for personal gain. Since one can probably find a rabbi for every possible position on […]
  • Moments in Time January 17, 2019
    There is a quote from the writer Marc Levy on the different ways we appreciate time which reads, in part: “If you want to know the value of one second, ask the person who just escaped death in a car accident.” I couldn’t help but think about these words as I listened to our member […]
  • Origin Stories January 10, 2019
    The last few weeks have been exciting for anyone who loves space. We celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first mission to orbit the moon, Apollo 8. The New Horizons probe explored Ultima Thule, an object in the Kuiper belt and now the subject of the most distant photograph ever sent from space. Finally, the […]
  • The Seam Between Vision and Reality January 3, 2019
    Last week Israel lost one of its greatest and well-regarded novelists, Amos Oz, the voice of a generation who came of age after the creation of the Jewish state. Oz chronicled the contradictions of a country built on the foundation of a rich tradition but eager to fashion something new and modern. The space between […]
  • Positive Stereotype? December 27, 2018
    Sports stars are more than just athletes. Despite what NBA star Charles Barkley proclaimed in a commercial years ago, players are indeed role models. People listen to what they say, and are inspired by their actions. That is why many were disturbed when LeBron James posted a story on Instagram quoting a song lyric: “We […]
  • Best of Both Worlds December 20, 2018
    Last Sunday Adath hosted Nefesh Mountain, a musical group that integrates bluegrass music with Jewish themes and texts. It was amazing to see close to 200 people in our sanctuary, lit up for a concert, dancing to the music that combines the best of American and Jewish culture. We are now halfway through the first […]
  • Getting it from Both Sides December 13, 2018
    Having just finished Hanukkah, a holiday focused on our connection as Jews to the larger culture, I have been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be an American Jew and how non-Jews perceive us. I believe that in America, Jews have found the most comfortable and successful home outside of Israel in […]