Our Clergy

Rabbi Benjamin P. David

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Rabbi Benjamin David was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Cherry Hill, NJ. He is the son of Rabbi Jerome and Peggy David. He attended Cherry Hill High School East and Muhlenberg College, where he majored in English Literature. In 1999, he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 2004, he was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. While in rabbinic school, he served numerous congregations, including Kol Hanishama of Jerusalem, Temple Beth Am of Monessen, PA and Temple Shaaray Tefila of Manhattan. He also served as an intern at the Jewish Guild for the Blind and the Makor Steinhardt Center. He received numerous awards in the field of Talmud and Hebrew Literature and was the co-founder of Davar Aher, a student review. From 2005-2012, he served as assistant and associate rabbi at Temple Sinai of Roslyn, working closely with youth and teens, overseeing the Hebrew High School program, officiating at lifecycle events, teaching broadly, and helping to further develop the congregation’s social action, community organizing, and interfaith programs.

A competitive distance runner, he has completed nineteen marathons including the Boston Marathon twice and the NYC Marathon four times. He is a co-founder of the Running Rabbis, a social justice initiative that works with clergy worldwide to run and walk in the name of worthy causes.  

He is a past President of the Tri-County Board of Rabbis, serving Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties. Rabbi David is also active in the Jewish Federation of South Jersey, especially within the Young Adult Division, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, and is on the advisory board for The Voice.

He is married to Lisa David, the Director of Camp Harlam.  They also met at Camp Harlam, where they both spent time as campers, counselors, and supervisors. They have three children: Noa, Elijah, and Samuel.


Email: rabbibpd@gmail.com

Cantor Sandra Messinger-Aguilar

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Cantorial Soloist Sandra Messinger-Aguilar was born in Montgomery County, PA and raised in Willingboro, NJ.  She attended Kennedy High School in Willingboro, Rowan College at Burlington County, Rowan University and the International Academy in Rome, where she studied Voice Performance concentrating on opera.  While attending Rowan University, at the age of 19, she performed the role of Pamina in The Magic Flute.  She had gone on to perform in Israel, Spain, Italy, England, Manhattan, Philadelphia and Arizona. 

Sandra has been a member of Adath since 1975, serving as our Cantorial Soloist since 2001.  Sandra teaches bar/bat mitzvah lessons, conducts youth and adult choirs, leads the music during services and oversees the musical life of the congregation.  She takes great joy in getting to know our congregants and watching the youth of our congregation flourish.  In the community, Sandra is a member of the Guild of Temple Musicians and is active with the Delaware County Choral Festival. 


Sandra is a natural teacher and has been teaching music since a young age.  While attending Rowan College at Burlington County, she did a concentration in Psychology and Education. This background and the love of teaching helped prepare her to work with our youth to prepare them for the bar/bat mitzvah service.

Sandra is married to David Aguilar who works making life better for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.    Though they met in Manhattan, David now lives in Burlington County and attends services regularly at Adath Emanu-El – occasionally adding to the richness of the service by playing percussion.

Rabbi Emeritus Richard A. Levine, "z'l"

Our congregation mourns the loss of our beloved Rabbi Emeritus Richard A. Levine. 

In memory of Rabbi Richard A. Levine and through the generosity of the Levine family, the Rabbi Richard A. Levine L’Dor V’Dor Legacy Fund has been established. This fund replaces the Rabbi Levine Discretionary Fund and is established as a scholarship fund for post-B’nai Mitzvah students of Adath Emanu-El to further their studies in 8th grade at our Religious School. Contributions can be made in the same manner as other Gift and Memorial  donations, by cash, check or credit card in person, on line or by mail.

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Rabbi Emeritus Richard A. Levine,”z’l” born in Brooklyn, graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He later received his rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City in 1964 having won a number of academic awards. He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity in 1989. He served and inspired the congregation of Adath Emanu-El for over 46 years. He and his wife, Judith, have raised nine children and are the proud grandparents of twelve. Among the many positions he has held over the years, Rabbi Levine was the first New Jersey rabbi to serve as President of the Greater Philadelphia Board of Rabbis. He also was President of the Delaware Valley Association of Reform Rabbis, President of the Tri-County Board of Rabbis. He also served on the board of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey and the Department of Jewish Education and Continuity as well as having been a member of the regional JNF board. He served as a member of the Board of the Jewish Federation of South Jersey. Rabbi Levine was the “Carenet Coordinator” for the DVARR Region of the CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis) for the entire time that program was in existence. He was the chairperson of both the CCAR Retirement Committee and Audit Committee. He was involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and chaired numerous Human Relations Commissions and Ethics Boards. In addition, Rabbi Levine was a regular presenter at regional high schools.

Rabbi Levine passed away in February of 2014 and leaves behind a rich legacy of Torah and Jewish thought, as well as a  large and loving family.