Rabbi Adam M. Wright is the spiritual leader of Temple Emanu-El. He is from West Bloomfield, MI – a suburb of Detroit. Adam earned his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Religion and Judaic Studies from Wheaton College (Norton, MA). After college, he pursued graduate studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School (Nashville, TN), where he earned a Master in Theological Studies focusing on the Ancient Near East and Early Judaism. After Adam’s tenure at Vanderbilt, he enrolled at the Hebrew Union College – JIR to begin his rabbinic training. At HUC-JIR, he earned his Master in Arts in Hebrew Letters, Master of Arts in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR’s Rhea Hirsch School of Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Non-Profit Management from HUC-JIR’s Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. Rabbi Wright has served Jewish communities in Victorville, CA, Fountain Valley, CA, Pacific Palisades, CA, Occidental College Hillel, Tarzana, CA, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Spiritual Care Department. Rabbi Wright served on the Advisory Board for Stand with Us, San Diego, an organization committed to developing community support, instill enthusiasm and increase identification with Israel and effectively counter-public misrepresentation and demonization of Israel. Rabbi Wright served as the Associate Rabbi at Temple Solel in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California from 2014-2019.
Rabbi Wright comes to Temple Emanu-El with his wife Rachel, who is an internist and pediatrician at UAB and their daughter Lillian. Rabbi Wright played four years of collegiate tennis and still relishes his time on the court. He is also an avid Detroit Red Wings fan.
To reach Rabbi Wright, please call 205-933-8037, ext 230, or e-mail Rabbi Adam Wright
Cantor Robby Wittner, Engel Cantorial Chair, is from Washington Heights in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hamilton College. He attended the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR, earning a Master in Sacred Music. After his first year was spent in Israel, he moved back to New York, where he served his childhood congregation Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights for four years. It taught him some of the nuances of serving a congregation and instilled in him his great love for the German-Jewish musical tradition. He continues to expand his repertoire to all sorts of Jewish music, but will always hold a special place in his heart for German-Jewish music after growing up in a community mostly comprised of Holocaust survivors and their children.
Cantor Wittner was accompanied down South by his wife Alex. She works in PR as an account director in the tech practice at ICR, a mid-sized New York, and Connecticut-based firm. Cantor Wittner and Alex enjoy tennis, going for walks, puppies, reading together, and all cuisines.
To reach Cantor Wittner, please call 205-933-8037, ext 230, or e-mail Cantor Wittner
Rabbi Emeritus Jonathan Miller provided enthusiastic leadership for Temple Emanu-El from winter 1991 to summer 2017. Previously, he served as a rabbi at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles and Temple Shalom in Auckland, New Zealand. Rabbi Miller was ordained in 1982 at the New York Campus of the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, where he has received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters. Rabbi Miller graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Rabbi Miller grew up in Wichita, Kansas, Malden, Massachusetts, and Rochester, New York, where his father, Judea Miller served as rabbi. Rabbi Miller is married to Judith Schulman-Miller, and they have three children: Rabbi Aaron and his wife Lauren, Alana, and Benjamin.