knobelThe Transition Committee is overjoyed to announce the decision of the Board of Trustees to engage Rabbi Peter S. Knobel as Temple Judea’s Intentional Interim Rabbi, to serve one year beginning July 2013. We will have the honor and privilege of bringing to our synagogue one of the most highly respected rabbis, spiritual leaders and teachers in the Reform rabbinate today, with a distinguished career of congregational leadership, scholarship and organizational prominence.
Rabbi  Knobel currently serves as Interim Senior Rabbi at Temple Sholom in Chicago, and previously was the Rabbi for the Beth Emet synagogue in Evanston, IL for 30 years. He is past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, as well as of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. In addition to writing articles on a wide range of topics, Rabbi Knobel chaired the Editorial Committee for Mishkan T’Filah, the new Reform Siddur (prayer book).
Rabbi Knobel received his Ph.D. and Masters in Philosophy from Yale University and was ordained and received a Masters in Hebrew Literature from Hebrew Union College. He earned his B.A. from Hamilton College. A teacher throughout his career, Rabbi Knobel has been an educator at his congregations as well as at the Spertus Institute, Connecticut College, HUC-JIR, Yale University, and the Universities of Connecticut and New Haven.
Beyond these stellar credentials, Rabbi Knobel brings an abundance of personal warmth, spirituality and wisdom to our congregation. We eagerly look forward to meeting him and his wife, Elaine, and to having his guidance, in partnership with Rabbi Siegal, throughout the exciting year ahead.
Caroline Heck Miller, Chair, Transition Committee