Get acquainted with the Rabbis, Cantor, Education Director and Administrative Staff by attending Shabbat Services, signing up for a course, attending a lecture, taking part in a "brown bag" learning lunch in the loop or joining a committee or activity.
Rabbi Edwin C. Goldberg, D.H.L. - Senior Rabbi
Rabbi Goldberg joins Temple Sholom in 2013 as senior rabbi. Before coming to Chicago, he served for seventeen years as the senior rabbi of Temple Judea in Coral Gables, Florida. Prior to his arrival at Temple Judea in 1996, he served as the assistant rabbi at the Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio (a congregation which includes the historic Plum Street Temple), and as the associate rabbi at Temple Israel of Hollywood, in Los Angeles. He also has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami in the department of Religious Studies and Judaic Studies. His courses have included: the Five Books of Moses, Judaism and Jewish Thought, Kabbalah, and an Introduction to the New Testament. Rabbi Goldberg is currently the managing editor of the upcoming High Holy Day prayer book for the Reform Movement. He is also a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. In addition, Rabbi Goldberg serves on the national advisory board of the Union for Reform Judaism Press, the publishing arm of Reform Judaism, and is a past president of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami. He also serves on the President’s Rabbinical Council of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
He received rabbinic ordination and a doctorate in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (in 1989 and 1994, respectively) and is the author of many books, including, Midrash for Beginners; Heads and Tales: Stories of the Sages to Enlighten Our Minds; Swords and Plowshares: Jewish Views of War and Peace; Love Tales from the Talmud, and most recently: Saying No and Letting Go: Jewish Wisdom on Making Room for What Matters Most.
Rabbi Goldberg was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas in 1984. As an adult, he has spent three years in Jerusalem, the most recent time in a fellowship at the Hebrew University's Melton Senior Educator's Program.
Rabbi Goldberg is married to Melanie Cole Goldberg, a Jewish educator. They have two children, Joseph (22) and Benjamin (19).
Rabbi Shoshanah Conover - Associate Rabbi
Rabbi Conover earned a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her love of the Jewish people and Jewish texts as well as a strong commitment to social justice led her to rabbinical school. Before arriving to Temple Sholom of Chicago, Rabbi Conover spent three years as an Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, Tampa, Florida. Her responsibilities at Temple Sholom reflect her passions: serving as pastoral counselor, learning and teaching inspiring (and challenging) texts, leading dynamic and engaging worship experiences, and finding ways to improve our world through the guidelines of our faith. Her programmatic responsibilities at Temple Sholom include serving as a rabbinic liaison to our Social Justice/Social Action and Worship Committees, the Temple Sholom Sisterhood, and providing guidance to our community organizing efforts called Yachad (Together) Community Action Project. Rabbi Conover is a leader in the pioneering work of the Central Conference of American Reform Rabbis’ 'Rabbis Organizing Rabbis' and serves on the Union of Reform Judaism’s Commission on Social Action, and the Social Justice Committee of the Women’s Rabbinic Network. She loves spending time with her husband Damien and two sons Eli and Ben.
To reach Rabbi Conover call 773-525-4707 x 342 or email email@example.com.
Rabbi Jeremy Weisblatt - Assistant Rabbi
Rabbi Weisblatt joined Temple Sholom as Assistant Rabbi in July 2015. Prior to coming to Temple Sholom he served as the rabbi of a small congregation in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Rabbi Weisblatt graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University, with degrees in Jewish Studies, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and International Politics. He began his rabbinic education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, before transferring in his third year to the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Manhattan.
Rabbi Weisblatt and his wife, Marissa, are excited to be in Chicago!
To reach Rabbi Weisblatt call 773-525-4707 x 338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cantor Emerita Aviva Katzman, D.M. (honoris causa)
Cantor Aviva Katzman became the first female member of the Jewish clergy in the city of Chicago when she became Cantor at Temple Sholom in 1987. She has served on the national board of the American Conference of Cantors, participated in the first cantors’ cohort of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS), and is active in the Institute’s Hevraya studies. A lyric mezzo-soprano, Aviva earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Voice Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as well as an Ordination, a Master of Sacred Music, and an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College , Jewish Institute of Religion. She is a certified teacher in Jewish Mindfulness with IJS. Cantor Katzman and her husband Dr. Morris Mauer are empty nesters as twins, Zach and Alec, join their big brother Ezra in the world of higher education.
Rabbi Emeritus Aaron M. Petuchowski
Rabbi Petuchowski was the spiritual leader of Temple Sholom for fourteen years, having previously served at Temple Sinai of Roslyn (Long Island) for fourteen years. He attended Indiana University, and received his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois. Ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1983, in 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his 25 years of service to the Jewish people through the rabbinate. He is the co-editor (with his mother Dr. Elizabeth Petuchowski) of Studies in Modern Theology and Prayer, a volume of essays written by his late father, Dr. Jakob J. Petuchowski. Proud father of Benjamin, Joshua and Emily, Rabbi Petuchowski is married to Janese, an Occupational Therapist.