Edward O. Adler

DATELINE: Providence

Adler, Edward O., 90, died Thursday, August 11, 2016 at Summit Rehabiltation Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of the late Gertrude “Tovah” (Teller) Adler. Born in Hungary, a son of the late Menachem and Helen (Rossman) Adler, he had lived in Providence since 1963, previously living in Pittsfield, MA and Israel. Mr. Adler was a commander in the Israeli Marines. He  was a teacher at Providence Hebrew Day School for 28 years and was the ritual director at Temple Emanu-El for 36 years, retiring in 2006. Edward was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom and Temple Emanu-El, as well as Providence Hebrew Free Loan. He was a founding member of the RI Holocaust Survivors Association. Devoted father of Rabbi Ethan Adler and his wife, Lorraine, of Cranston, Rabbi Elan Adler and his wife, Rivkah, of Israel, Susan Adler of Providence, and the late Wendy Adler, who was his daughter-in-law. Dear brother of the late Robert and David Adler. Loving grandfather of Jennifer Adler and her husband, Seth Albaum, Dori Adler and her husband, Jason Maranhao, Ariella Medlowitz and her husband, Aharon, Shani Caplan, Daniel Nelson, and Benjamin Nelson. Cherished great grandfather of Livia and Brayden. Funeral services will be held FRIDAY, August 12 at 2:00 p.m. in Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Ave., Providence.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to your favorite charity. Shiva will be observed at The Bohnen Vestry at Temple Emanu-El, Saturday 9-11 p.m. and Sunday through Wednesday 10-4 and 7-9 p.m.


  1. Barbara Schwartz
    Aug 11, 2016

    Dear Susan.Etan aand Elan,
    There are no words to describe how we feel about the loss of ABA.He always took care when our children were getting married.
    When ever I had a question,You went to Mr.Adler.We love him very much and he will be missed.Our deepest sympathy is sent to you at this difficult time.
    With Love,
    Barbara & Morris Schwartz

  2. Sam Neusner
    Aug 12, 2016

    I still use the Torah troupe that he taught me. My condolences to his family

  3. Andrea (Weisman) Russell
    Aug 12, 2016

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Adler family during this difficult time. I have fond memories of Mr Adler when I was growing up at Temple Emanu-El, from his slipping candy into my hand at services, to his confidence in me when I read Torah. I wish my son and daughter would have had the chance to know him. A true mensch who will be missed.
    Andrea (Weisman) Russell and family

  4. Cantor Thom King
    Aug 12, 2016

    Elan- I am deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved father. Shazy has told me many wonderful stories about the impact he had on so many lives in the Providence Jewish community. Y’hi zichro baruch- hamakom y’nacheim etchem b’toch Shaar avelei Tzion Virushalayim.

  5. Merle green
    Aug 12, 2016

    Ethan and family may your memories be filled
    With all the love you shared. Merle Green

  6. Everett Levenson
    Aug 12, 2016

    Adler Family – My sincere condolences on the passing of your father. He was a true gentleman and a real mensh in every sense of the word. His care and devotion to Temple Emanuel and to the Jewish community will be sorely missed. Again, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Everett Levenson

  7. Bill Feld
    Aug 12, 2016

    Baruch Dayan Emes! May you and your family experience a true Nechamah. Your Abba was a role model for us all.

  8. Louise Woolf
    Aug 12, 2016

    Dear Susan and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Richard always spoke of your Dad fondly. May you be comforted in knowing how much your Dad meant to people.

    In Deepest Sympathy,

    Louise, Rebecca, Eric and Katherine Woolf

  9. To the Adler family,
    Mr Adler was an inspiration to all of us. We will always remember his compassion, wisdom and kindness, we send to the entire Adler family our deepest sympathy and compassion. His memory will live on in our hearts.

    Marc and LorinWeinberg

  10. Marjory & Gerald Brenner
    Aug 13, 2016

    To Rabbi Ethan Adler & family,
    Our sincere sympathy to you & the entire Adler family.
    Although we did not personally know your father, we do know that he had a brave and remarkable life. May his memory be a blessing.
    Marjory & Gerald Brenner
    Woonsocket, RI

  11. Jim Kempf
    Aug 13, 2016

    Very sorry about your Dad. May he
    Jim Kempf

  12. miriam plitt
    Aug 15, 2016

    Mr. Adler was a true human being with a twinkle in his eyes. He left a wonderful legacy and our family loved him. Our condolences to his loved ones. Miriam, Arthur, Hugh and Seth Plitt

  13. Ruthann L.
    Aug 15, 2016

    Dear Sue, and Dear Family,

    I wish I knew the prefect words to say right now. But something tells me there are not any to say. The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said.God has you in his arms , I have you in my heart. IF I can help you in any way, do not hesitate to let me know.

  14. Paula Baron
    Aug 17, 2016

    My sincerest condolences thoughts and prayers to the Adler family during this difficult time. To know him was a true blessing.

  15. Cantor Wayne Krieger
    Aug 19, 2016

    Dear Ethan and Elan,
    Your father was my favorite teacher at the Providence Hebrew Day School. He was a great mensch. When I would visit my parents in Providence I would always say hello. He would always have a smile on his face when he saw me. May his memory always be for a blessing.
    Wayne and Nancy Krieger

  16. Edward Gordon
    Aug 28, 2016

    Dear Ethan and Elan, Eddie was a ” Prince among Men”. I will never forget his smile and his handshake every time he saw me. His way with my kids was out of this world. I have a great picture of him with my son, Seth, that reminds me of him and what a man he was. I’m sorry I was out town for the funeral and missed shiva. You guys were lucky to have him. please accept my condolences. EDDY Gordon

  17. Jane Stepak
    Sep 17, 2016

    Dear Elan, Ethan, and Family,
    I am so sad to learn of the passing of your dear father. I will always have fond memories of him and how welcome he made me feel when I would come back to Temple Emanuel even long after I moved away.
    I remember one time when I was going to be in town and had arranged to read Torah. I connected with your dad by phone beforehand to practice chanting over the phone. I was a little nervous but he made me feel so at ease.
    May his memory be for a blessing. Sending my sincere wishes of condolence to you and your family. May you find some comfort in your sweet memories of your dad.

    • Jack
      Nov 16, 2020

      Mr Adler was a beautiful human. Being, a great man . I never knew he served in the military in Israel. I was so young when I met him, he set up my bar mitzvah and party after, When I saw him the few times I was visiting my parents ,I moved to ca in1978, well anyway, I always think about him , I was thing about him and I just saw this, I am myself over 60 now so ,well time goes on, To anyone who reads this ,Mr Adler was always kind and loving, I really wished he was my father, really, anyway God has you in his arms dear man, and I know we will meet again so I can let you know and thank you for everything.

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