Senior Rabbi

Adam Rubin, Ph.D.

Prior to coming to Beth Jacob, Rabbi Adam Rubin was the spiritual leader of Beth Tikvah Congregation in Richmond, B.C. Before moving with his family to the Vancouver area, he served as the assistant rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle. Rabbi Rubin received his doctorate in modern Jewish history from UCLA, and was a member of the faculty at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles for over ten years, publishing a number of articles on Hebrew and Yiddish culture in Eastern Europe and pre-State Palestine. His passion for Jewish religious and community life played a key role in his decision to leave academia to become a rabbi — he was ordained in 2014 at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. Adam was born and raised in Southern California and is married to Judith Schleyer, an experienced primary-school educator; they have two young children, Elior and Na’amah. He’s a passionate fan of baseball in general and the Dodgers in particular, loves film, Israeli music, playing tennis, and is a recovering political junkie.