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 lives in Birmingham with his wife, Rachel, an internist and pediatrician at UAB, their daughter Lillian, and their twins, Maisie and Teddy. 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.
The first commandment in Judaism is to be fruitful and multiply. However, so many Jewish families have difficulty fulfilling this mitzvah because of infertility. As a Jew, rabbi, and father, I am committed not only to counseling families who struggle with interfertility, but teaching the Jewish world the complexities and challenges of pregnancy.