January 9, 2013

Dear Congregants,
As I explained last month, with tremendous gratitude and love for Temple Judea — a fact that will never change — I have nonetheless decided to continue my rabbinate in a setting that offers new challenges and opportunities for professional growth. My decision does not in any way diminish the great pride I feel in all that Temple Judea has accomplished in these past seventeen years, building on the amazing work that preceded my arrival. We have the warmest, most committed members imaginable, not to mention the finest staff. I am confident that the continued efforts toward improvement, including the vital Building on Tradition Campaign, will succeed, taking Judea into the top of a small group of vital, dynamic and growing congregations active today.
After much thought and careful analysis I have decided to accept the position of Senior Rabbi at Temple Sholom of Chicago. Temple Sholom is an historic, urban congregation, 145 years old, facing its own opportunities in meeting the future needs of Reform Judaism with dynamic worship and creative solutions. I will be its seventh senior rabbi in its history. I will miss Temple Judea terribly (as will Melanie) but I look forward to keeping a close connection with TJ and Miami in the years to come.
It is my most fervent prayer that Temple Judea will go from strength to greater strength in the years ahead. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for allowing me to be your rabbi.
With great respect and shalom,

Rabbi Edwin Goldberg