Frowning, scowling and monotonous…. NOT! I am the opposite of what you might expect a Rabbi to be. Warm and outgoing would be a better description. However, this is superseded by a whacky British sense of humor which fires into overdrive when discussing life’s ironies and paradoxes.
A bunch of marketing gurus advised me to write this whole page in the third person. They told me to avoid “I” and I tried but it looked so impersonal and pompous.
St George’s Hospital used to be the building next to Buckingham Palace on Hyde Park Corner and that’s where I was born. Even though I was not yet on solids I thought the Queen might have popped over for tea and crumpets with me, but she didn’t. After an Orthodox Jewish Primary school I went to City of London School where I learned and occasionally broke the rules. In fact at school (Public School is Private School in England – formed by a Public charter by the reigning Monarch) we were all called by our last name and mine is Adler. All through school I thought that my first name was “Adler” and my last name was “Detention” because my teachers seemed to say those two words together all too frequently.
Without my family; a smashing sister, a wonderful mum and a terrific dad, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Having moved from London to Southern California in 1997 you would think I would have acquired an American accent, but no. After all these years I am not yet fluent in American English. I still have difficulty with words like schedule, dustbin, windscreen, bonnet, boot and car park. Why should I stop saying cheers? And when something goes phenomenally well, what’s wrong with using the cliche cockney dog’s thingamajigs phrase? (even though I am not cockney). In fact, my two favorite words are thingy and thingamajig as in; “didn’t we meet at thingy’s thingamajig last month?” or, “plug the thingy into the thingamajig and it should work”.
Several profound and personal events in my life led me to set out to break through the divisive barriers which the establishment Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jews erected over centuries to keep outsiders out.