Rabbi Adam Feldman, z”l, joined The Jewish Center in the summer of 2005 after serving for six years as Assistant and Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, NY and remained our Rabbi until his sudden and tragic death on December 24, 2019 while vacationing with his family in Hawaii. He received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York in 1999. His formal education included receiving a BA from Rutgers University in Hebraic Studies, participating in the USY NATIV Leadership Program in Israel as well as studying at the Hebrew University and Machon Schechter in Jerusalem. Prior to Rabbinical School, Rabbi Feldman worked for many years in synagogue and Jewish communal work, including working as a Program Director and senior staff member in national youth organizations and other prominent synagogues.
While at The Jewish Center, Rabbi Feldman was closely involved in many of our lifelong learning opportunities by creating educational programs for all of our school-age families. He truly enjoyed getting to know the individuals and families in our community and was always available to provide support, guidance and counsel. He was part of the educational team that created our new #SULAM Hebrew High School Program and taught in this innovative program. Rabbi Feldman worked closely with Cantor Warschauer and the Religious Affairs Committee to create inspiring Shabbat and Holiday services and programs. He was also a passionate teacher in our Adult Learning Program. He was deeply committed to welcoming all members to our congregation, including the interfaith families in our community. He helped us receive national awards for synagogue programming and helped us attract recognized Jewish thinkers for Shabbat and Adult Learning programs. He strove to inspire the congregation through his sermons, classes, writings and many other ways. Amongst the most important issues to Rabbi Feldman was Jewish pride for all ages and a deep connection to Jewish ethics and the State of Israel.
Rabbi Feldman was involved in a number of community activities, serving as::
Co-Chair of the Board of the Committee for Religious Ministries at Penn Medicine – Princeton Health Care System
Board Member of Trinity Counseling Services
Chaplain to the Princeton Police Department
Guest Lecturer at the Princeton Theological Seminary
Member of the Princeton-Mercer-Bucks Jewish Community Relations Council
AIPAC Synagogue Initiative
Board Member for the Central New Jersey Region of the American Jewish Committee
Chancellor’s Rabbinic Leadership Council of the Jewish Theological Seminary
Past President of the Board of Rabbis of the UJA Federation of Princeton-Mercer-Bucks
United Jewish Federation of Princeton – Mercer – Bucks Board of Directors
Vice President of Programming for the Princeton Clergy Association
Member of the NJ State Human Relations Council
Part of the Rabbinic Delegation of the American Jewish World Service
Active at the Abrams Hebrew Academy in Yardley, PA
Co-Chair of The Rutgers Hillel – Conservative Rabbinic Initiative
The Rabbinical Assembly of America – Isreal Advocacy Committee
UJC Rabbinic Cabinet
Rabbi Feldman is survived by his wife Sara Bucholtz, a corporate lawyer, and their three children Talia, Dena, and Ilan.