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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 Shoshanah 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. Rabbi Conover’s responsibilities at Temple Sholom of Chicago reflect her passions: serving as pastoral counselor, learning and teaching inspiring (and challenging) texts, leading dynamic and engaging spiritual experiences, and finding ways to improve our world through the guidelines of our faith. Rabbi Conover is a fellow in the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative and is a leader in the pioneering work of the Central Conference of American Reform Rabbis’ Rabbis Organizing Rabbis. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Board of Rabbis as well as the Union of Reform Judaism’s Commission on Social Action. She is a vice-chair of Chicago’s Jewish Community Relations Council. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Cantor Sheera Ben-David
Cantor Sheera Ben-David has spent her life immersed in the Jewish community and congregations. After graduating from New York University, she followed in her father’s footsteps and began her cantorial career as the soloist for Jewish Family Congregation of South Salem, NY, and went on to serve Beth Am Temple of Pearl River, NY, The Reform Temple of Forest Hills, Temple Israel of NYC and Central Synagogue of NYC. She is deeply proud to continue the legacy that her father, Cantor Kerry Ben-David z”l, began when he converted in 1980 and entered cantorial school at Hebrew Union College. He went on to become Cantor Emeritus at Scarsdale Synagogue in New York after 25 years of loving service. Cantor Ben-David’s mother, Batyah Godfrey Ben-David was a principal singer at The Metropolitan Opera House for over 24 years. Both her mother and father have been tremendous influences musically and spiritually.
As an extension of Cantor Ben-David’s love and devotion to music, she is an award winning cabaret singer. She has delivered multiple critically-acclaimed runs at The Oak Room of The Algonquin Hotel, The Royal Room of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, and other popular venues around the country where she received rave reviews from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post and other publications. Throughout her secular singing career, she always remained in service to her congregations and feels the intimate craft of communicating and storytelling through music has only enhanced her connection with the incredible Sacred Music of the Jewish people.
Cantor Ben-David is a graduate of Hebrew Union College and after 17 years of connections to many wonderful temples in the New York area, she feels she is finally home at Temple Sholom of Chicago. She started her cantorate at Temple Sholom on July 1, 2016 and her whole family is incredibly blessed to be part of this community. Cantor Ben-David shares a home with her husband, Steven Miller, two sons, Baxter and Shadow and their dog, Wolfenstein.
To reach Cantor Ben-David call 773-525-4707 x 340 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.