Rabbi John Franken

Rabbi Franken in Iceland

Rabbi Franken’s mission is to engage congregants spiritually, emotionally and intellectually in the life and destiny of the Jewish people; to welcome those who wish to explore Judaism and claim it for themselves; and to leave the world better than we found it. A New Englander by birth and Marylander by choice, he was drawn to Temple Adas Shalom by the congregation’s warmth, menschlichkeit, commitment to Reform Judaism, and culture of caring and inclusion. 

Ordained at Reform Judaism’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Franken holds degrees in Hebrew Literature (M.A., HUC-JIR), law (J.D., University of Maryland, with honor), and Political Science (B.A., Tufts University, summa cum laude). During his decade and a half-long rabbinate, he has been active in outreach, social justice, youth and adult education, and Israel engagement. He has served as President of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis and is a big brother to an amazing twelve-year old who loves music, video games and people. In his free time, Rabbi Franken enjoys traveling, hiking, books, theater and film.

Please contact Rabbi Franken at rabbi@templeadasshalom.org if you would like to chat, learn Torah, and/or find spiritual channels of comfort and joy.