Adam M. Allenberg
Rabbi/Educator in Santa Monica, California
Rabbi Adam M. Allenberg is the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admission for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Before returning to Los Angeles, Adam served as the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Emanu-El and the Program Director at Congregation Beth Am in Palo Alto, California.
Adam grew up in various Jewish communities in the United States, from Memphis to Jerusalem, Milwaukee to Palo Alto. His Jewish heart, however, will always be deeply rooted in the North Woods of Wisconsin, at Camp Interlaken JCC.
He has been personally exploring and teaching about Judaism and its relationship to the environment for years and has served on the Board of Netiya, an interfaith food justice organization committed to strengthening food quality and food security in Los Angeles; Hazon's Food Advisory Council; and the Executive Board of Hazon's 2009 Jewish Food Conference, a multi-generational and multi-denominational gathering of rabbis and farmers, journalists and activists.
Adam attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated with majors in Philosophy and Modern Hebrew as well as minors in Judaic Studies and Religious Studies. After graduating he went on to study at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, where he earned a Masters of Hebrew Letters, a Masters in Jewish Education and his rabbinic ordination.
He and his wife Lauren, a social worker and child therapist, are the proud parents of Eitan Shalom and Sophia Esther (z"l). When they are not traveling to visit family from far away or caring for their dog Ella, they are slowly reclaiming traditional food preparation techniques such as pickling, soap making, baking with wild yeasts and brewing kombucha, beer and mead.