Author Archives: Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler

Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler

About Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler

works at the Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She also serves as the Director of the Berit Mila Program of Reform Judaism. She received master’s degrees from the University of Judaism and from Harvard Graduate School of Education and was ordained as a rabbi by Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion in 2006, where she found deep meaning writing and researching her Rabbinic Thesis on the Book of Job: "Talk to Me: (Or, When More Bad Things Happen to Good People)." She is married to Rabbi Amitai Adler (also an S Blog contributor) and this year became Michael Zachary Joel Adler's mother.

“The Day The World Changed”

Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler
February 26, 2014

Until this year, I’d never marked its anniversary: September 13, 2001. Yes, it was two days after 9/11/01: where headlines like “Airport Security Needs Improvement” and “Islam Must Challenge Its Dark Doctrines” were on the front pages of every newspaper. There were fears of Anthrax attacks in every unopened envelope, suspicions about seemingly every brown-faced More »

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Tourist Eyes

Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler
November 14, 2013

I took this photograph when I was in high school, on a “Jewish Heritage Trip to New York City”. Now twenty years later, this image is all I think of when I remember that trip. As a 16-year old visiting New York, this man (and the flurry of city movement behind him) was a “site” More »

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The value of a bloody Torah

Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler
September 9, 2013

If you surveyed adult Jews about the Biblical stories they remember from their Jewish education, it’s unlikely that the ritual recounted during the Avodah service would make that list. And yet, it’s most likely to be the portion they’ve heard read in synagogue more than any other (as Yom Kippur is a probable day for More »

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Sin and Post-modern Relativism

Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler
August 19, 2013

Years ago, when I was a student rabbi traveling twice monthly to my internship/pulpit, I had the opportunity to meet Sin, face to face. She had brown eyes, gentle and kind, and her gaze seemed to plead for forgiveness even before she’d uttered a word.  It was my first time playing the role of Clergy (or, The One Who More »

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On Covenant and Circumcision

Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler
May 12, 2013

I think a lot about the idea (and reality!) of covenant in my work as the Director of the Berit Mila Program of Reform Judaism. Our program educates Jewish physicians and nurse midwives already proficient in performing infant circumcision about the specifically Jewish ritual of brit milah. Many of these medical practitioners become mohalim in More »

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On Rabbinic Authenticity and Ambivalence

Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler
April 15, 2013

I’ve waited until the last minute to write this blog, mainly because the prospect of broaching the subject of conversion to Judaism necessitates that I look squarely into the face of a conversation I try to avoid: it’s about intermarriage.  As a Reform rabbi, I (unlike my colleagues ordained by the Conservative or Orthodox movements) More »

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