Rabbi Peter S. Knobel


Meet Rabbi Peter S. Knobel, Temple Judea’s new Intentional Interim Rabbi, whose one-year term began on July 1, 2013. Rabbi Knobel is 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 comes to Temple Judea from his position as Interim Senior Rabbi at Temple Sholom in Chicago (where, coincidentally, Rabbi Goldberg now serves). Prior to becoming an interim rabbi, he served as the spiritual leader for Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston, Illinois for 30 years. He continues to be Rabbi Emeritus there. He is past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, as well as of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. In addition to authoring articles on a wide range of topics such as Jewish Bioethics, Liturgy and Zionist Thought, Rabbi Knobel chaired the Editorial Committee for Mishkan T’Filah, the new Reform Siddur (prayer book). Prior to moving to the Chicago area, Rabbi Knobel served as the rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Groton, Connecticut for 11 years, where he also taught Jewish studies at Connecticut College. 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 for Jewish Learning and Leadership, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 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. Please make a point of attending services to meet him and his wife, Elaine. We look forward to having his guidance, in partnership with Rabbi Siegal, throughout the exciting year ahead.