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Rabbi Peter Knobel, longtime advocate for LGBT inclusion, joins Temple Judea as interim rabbi

Rabbi Peter Knobel has joined Temple Judea of Coral Gables as the Reform synagogue's interim rabbi.

"Rabbi Knobel considers among his greatest achievements his advocacy for the full inclusion of LGBT Jews within the community," said spokeswoman Alexandra Curbelo in a news release. "Now he will bring that passion to Temple Judea, one of Miami’s largest reform congregations located in Coral Gables, as Interim Rabbi for a one-year period while the synagogue recruits and fills its open permanent position for Senior Rabbi."

Here's a complete news release announcing Knobel's arrival:

Coral Gables, Fl, -- August 14, 2013 -- Temple Judea, one of Miami’s largest reform congregations, has named Rabbi Peter S. Knobel, an esteemed leader in the Jewish Reform movement, as Interim Rabbi for a one-year period while the synagogue recruits and fills its open permanent position for Senior Rabbi.

“We have the honor and privilege of bringing to our synagogue one of the most highly respected rabbis, religious leaders and teachers in the Reform rabbinate today,” said Barry Schwartz, President of Temple Judea. “Beyond his outstanding national credentials, Rabbi Knobel brings an abundance of personal warmth, spirituality and wisdom to our congregation. We look forward to his leadership in the coming year along with Rabbi Judith Siegal.”

Rabbi Knobel was 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 a past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) as well as of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. In addition to being a published author on a wide range of topics, Rabbi Knobel chaired the Editorial Committee for Mishkan T'Filah, the new Reform Siddur (prayer book).

A teacher throughout his entire 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. He considers among his greatest achievements the honor to have served as a past president of the CCAR, chairing the Editorial Committee for the new Reform prayer book and his advocacy for the full inclusion of LGBT Jews within the community.

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.

Rabbi Knobel and his wife Elaine Knobel, a travel agent, have two grown children and six grandchildren.

Now celebrating 65 years of Jewish Learning and Living in Coral Gables, Temple Judea is one of the largest Reform synagogues in Miami with more than 630 member families.  Temple Judea's mission is to enrich member’s ever-more complicated lives with the new insights of ancient Jewish heritage. For more information, visit www.JudeaGables.org.

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