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.
Moving around has given Adam a curiosity about the relationship between people and their places, especially what it means to call a place "home". This curiosity is currently being focused into The Location Conversation Podcast with Adam Allenberg, a monthly exploration of space, place and biography with a local personality (often a do-gooder).
He has been personally exploring and teaching about Judaism, food and our relationship to the environment for years. He currently serves on the Board of Netiya, an faith-based food justice organization committed to strengthening food quality and food security in Los Angeles.
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.