Rabbi Benjamin Adler

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Rabbi Benjamin Adler, has been the spiritual leader of Adath Israel Congregation for the last eight years, since arriving in July 2014. He 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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  • Blink of an Eye May 19, 2022
    Recently, I listened to a radio story about the composer John Cage’s piece 4’33”, which consists of four minutes and 33 seconds of silence, or more accurately, four minutes and 33 seconds in which the musicians are instructed to not to play their instruments. This distinction is important to note because Cage’s piece does not […]
  • One in a Million May 12, 2022
    The story of art looted by the Nazis has been a genre of fascination for many as of late, including the books (and movies) Monuments Men and The Lady in Gold. The idea that there are treasures out there, hidden in caves or in someone’s home, waiting to be discovered, appeals to our fantasy of […]
  • Undue Influence May 5, 2022
    Outrage this week over the leak of a draft Supreme Court ruling overturning the Roe v. Wade decision protecting abortion rights has been divided into two camps: those upset over the publishing of the secret document, and those upset over the content of the secret document. The first group tends to be conservative abortion opponents […]
  • The Old is New April 28, 2022
    Those of us who live in New Jersey like to say that Israel is the same size as the Garden State, which is true from a mathematical perspective but doesn’t quite capture the breadth of the Jewish State. While both states may have roughly the same square mileage (8,723 for Jersey, 8,550 for Israel), there […]
  • Under Pressure April 8, 2022
    It has been 10 months since the current government of Israel was sworn in, practically an eternity in the current political environment. The odd coalition, including parties representing the entire political spectrum – secular and religious, Jewish and Arab, left and right – has been relatively stable. No one expected the government to be able […]
  • Rule the Day March 31, 2022
    Like it does in the solar system, our sun rules the halakhic system, the structure of Jewish law. Our yearly calendar is often referred to as lunar, but it is actually a combination, guided by both the sun and the moon. For example, we are in a leap year, which adds an extra month, the […]
  • Personal History March 25, 2022
    Eastern Europe has been on the hearts and minds of the world this past month with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A part of the world that many in the United States, including the Jewish community, often ignore, has suddenly come to the fore. So it is poignant that Madeleine Albright, a refugee from the area […]
  • First of Many March 17, 2022
    On March 18, 1922, exactly 100 years ago, a twelve-year-old girl named Judith Kaplan stood in front of her synagogue and recited the blessings before and after the Torah reading. She also read from the Torah in both Hebrew and English, thus marking her passage as a Jewish adult. It is a ritual which today […]
  • Saving Face March 11, 2022
    In 2012 five Russian philanthropists created something called the Genesis Prize in partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel. The award, which has been referred to as the Jewish Nobel, “celebrates Jewish talent and achievement, honoring individuals for their accomplishments and commitment to Jewish values, inspiring Jews to connect to their heritage and to Israel.” […]
  • Plan B March 3, 2022
    In the 19th century, Prussian field marshal Helmuth von Moltke the Elder said something to the effect of “no plan survives first contact with the enemy”. In war as in life, you need a plan B, several alternatives in case your preferred strategy doesn’t work out. It appears that Russia is learning this lesson today […]