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 president of the Board of Rabbis of Princeton Mercer Bucks, vice president of the New Jersey Rabbinical Assembly, on the board of trustees of the Gottesman RTW Academy, and on the Religious Pluralism committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey. Rabbi Adler co-founded the Rockaway Interfaith Community, worked with the New Jersey Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee and Clergy of Lawrence Township, 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, fixing things around the house, or on the slopes in the winter. He is married to Lisa Adler and they have three children: Ronen, Jonah, and Miya.

Photo credit: Mike Schwartz

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  • When the Solution Becomes a Problem September 21, 2023
    My first student High Holy Day pulpit, over 20 years ago at a tiny shul by a lake, was my first introduction to the Yom Kippur appeal. I remember chuckling at the scene. The president asked the congregants for funds to keep the synagogue afloat. Individuals would shout their donations from the pews, but no […]
  • Words and Music September 14, 2023
    Our High Holy Day season is often a profound moment to contemplate our place in life. Are we the person we want to be? Have we used our time wisely? What more can we accomplish? The prayers we recite help us to confront these difficult questions by exposing us to our limitations. On these Days […]
  • Ready or Not for War September 7, 2023
    Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, the Israel State Archive has released almost all of the documents related to conflict that broke out on Judaism’s most holy day. At the same time, a new film attempts to change people’s view of Israel’s wartime leader, Golda Meir. For Americans, Golda Meir is […]
  • All people, Everywhere September 1, 2023
    This week marked the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, when hundreds of thousands of people came to the nation’s capital to advocate for civil rights. It was the event where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech that galvanized many in favor of equality for […]
  • Story Keepers August 17, 2023
    As a lover of all things history related, I always enjoy seeing children’s books that teach about important moments in the past. I get especially excited when authors choose moments that are not as well-known but convey important lessons as they bring overlooked events to the attention of parents and kids. A few years ago […]
  • Within Reason August 3, 2023
    Most of us like to describe ourselves as people of reason. No one wants to think of themselves, or have others think of them, as capricious and arbitrary. So it is a bit odd that the Israeli Knesset just recently passed a bill preventing the Supreme Court from using reasonableness (or more accurately, unreasonableness) as […]
  • Soul’s Failure July 27, 2023
    On Yom Kippur last year I gave a sermon marking the 30th anniversary of the night that singer Sinéad O’Connor ripped up a picture of the pope during her performance on Saturday Night Live. She was ridiculed and her career was damaged because of the incident. Most people at the time, including me, thought she […]
  • Life or Death July 13, 2023
    Nearly 5 years after the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the killer was found guilty of all charges and a jury has found him eligible to face the death penalty. Now the trial will enter the final punishment phase to decide whether he should be put to death or face […]
  • Undue Hardship July 6, 2023
    Each June, the Supreme Court hands down some of its most important and controversial decisions. This year the justices decided major cases on student loan debt relief, affirmative action, free speech, and religious accommodations for employees. These decisions are not just theoretical legal discussions; they effect the lives of millions of Americans. The case with […]
  • Compelling Story June 15, 2023
    People love good stories, but at the same time they also like to know the truth. There are times when a story is both good and true, but often a compelling tale takes liberties with facts. Narratives frame how we think about the world and therefore often gloss over and deliberately remove details that might […]