Our Temple Sinai Clergy
Adam Wohlberg, Rabbi
Rabbi Adam Wohlberg has served as rabbi of Temple Sinai since 2002. During his tenure, Rabbi Wohlberg’s warmth and compassion, his love of Judaism and commitment to Jewish tradition, are consistently found in the work he does and in the vision he promotes for the congregation. When meeting with preschool students and their families, while teaching religious school students and their parents, and as he guides 7th graders towards becoming b’nei mitzvah and 10th graders towards confirmation, Rabbi Wohlberg’s gentle manner, his thoughtfulness and his sense of humor make him a wonderful teacher and role model. Through his teaching and preaching, Rabbi Wohlberg transmits and interprets Conservative Judaism’s nuanced approach to Jewish law, Jewish theology and Jewish living.
Rabbi Wohlberg grew up in Harrisburg, PA, the son of a Conservative rabbi and grandson of one of the preeminent cantors of the Conservative movement. While in high school he held leadership positions in USY and attended Camp Ramah in the Poconos, continuing on as a staff member for seven summers.
Rabbi Wohlberg graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and continued his studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Judaic Studies and Rabbinic Ordination in 1995. During Rabbinical School, Rabbi Wohlberg worked at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism in Manhattan, and served congregations in Kingstree, S.C. and Waycross, GA for the High Holy Days. After ordination, Rabbi Wohlberg and his wife Shira moved to Chicago where he assumed his first rabbinic position: Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, IL. Rabbi Wohlberg was a member of the Chicago Region of the Rabbinical Assembly and served as the President of the Northbrook Interfaith Ministry for Emergency Housing.
In 2002, following seven years as rabbi in a congregation of 1100 families, Rabbi Wohlberg, Shira and their two daughters left Chicago so that he could begin his tenure at Temple Sinai.
Here in Philadelphia, Rabbi Wohlberg has served on the Rabbinical Assembly’s regional Executive Committee and on the national Nominations Committee. He is a past co-chair of the Kehillah of Bux-Mont Programming Committee and has completed a year-long rabbinic enrichment program offered by Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal – STAR Rabbis: From Good to Great funded by the Lasko Family Foundation of Philadelphia.
Sam Hollander, Associate Rabbi
Rabbi Sam Hollander joined the Temple Sinai family in July 2019. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City in May 2019, where he also received a Masters in Jewish Education from the William Davidson School of Education. During his studies at JTS, Rabbi Hollander served as rabbinic intern at the Glen Rock Jewish Center (Glen Rock, NJ), Congregation Beth El (South Orange, NJ), and Temple Sholom (Greenwich, CT). For two years, he worked as the youth and family program director at Ansche Chesed (New York City). Additionally, Rabbi Hollander was a hospital chaplain intern at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Originally from Cherry Hill, NJ, he graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University, majoring in Psychology and Jewish Studies. Before beginning his rabbinic studies at the JTS, Rabbi Hollander studied for a year in Jerusalem at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.
Passionate about immersive Jewish experiences, Rabbi Hollander has worked for both Camp Ramah in the Poconos and Ramah Israel Seminar. He has completed a Master’s Concentration in Israel Education with the iCenter and was an AIPAC Leffell Israel Fellow.
You can reach Rabbi Hollander at email@example.com.