Meet Our Clergy
Rabbi Edwin C. Goldberg, D.H.L. – Senior Rabbi
Before coming to Chicago, Rabbi Goldberg 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. He is also a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Rabbi Goldberg was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas in 1984.
Rabbi Goldberg is married to Melanie Cole Goldberg. They have two children, Joseph (25) and Benjamin (21).
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Rabbi Shoshanah Conover – Associate Rabbi
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 Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute 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 and serves on the Rabbinic Advisory Council of Chicago Jewish Day School.
Rabbi Conover was honored to receive AVODAH’s Partner in Tzedek Award and the Chicago Board of Rabbis’ Rabbi Mordecai Simon Memorial Award as well as being a featured speaker at the Women’s March on Chicago. She enjoys co-hosting a monthly podcast on Jewish and Israeli films called The Chosen Films. Her poems and essays have been published in numerous collections including A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path and Seven Days, Many Voices: Insights into the Biblical Story of Creation.
Rabbi Conover is grateful to work in and for a community in which she is proud to raise her two sons Eli and Ben with her husband Damien.
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Cantor Sheera Ben-David
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.
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Cantor Emerita Aviva Katzman
Rabbi Scott Gellman
Rabbi Gellman served numerous Rabbinic roles during his time at HUC-JIR, including: Student Rabbi at congregations in Beckley, West Virginia and Saginaw, Michigan; Chaplain at a Jewish nursing home; and, most recently, Rabbinic Intern and Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Sinai of Bergen County, New Jersey. Rabbi Gellman’s love of Jewish youth work and summer camp were cultivated during many summers at URJ Camp Coleman in Georgia as a camper, counselor, and as a senior staff member. Rabbi Gellman and his wife Ma’ayan Eckstein, both originally from South Florida live in the Roscoe Village neighborhood.