Edwin Goldberg

Edwin Goldberg serves as the coordinating editor of Mishkan HaNefesh. He is senior rabbi at Temple Sholom of Chicago. Prior, he served for seventeen years as the senior rabbi of Temple Judea in Coral Gables, Florida and 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. In addition, Rabbi Goldberg serves on the national advisory board of the Union for Reform Judaism Press, the publishing arm of Reform Judaism, and is a past president of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami.  He also serves on the President’s Rabbinical Council of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

He received rabbinic ordination and a doctorate in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (in 1989 and 1994, respectively) and is the author of many books, including, Midrash for Beginners; Heads and Tales: Stories of the Sages to Enlighten Our MindsSwords and Plowshares: Jewish Views of War and Peace;  Love Tales from the Talmud, and most recently: Saying No and Letting Go: Jewish Wisdom on Making Room for What Matters Most.

Rabbi Goldberg was born in Kansas City, Missouri.  He was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas in 1984.  As an adult, he has spent three years in Jerusalem, the most recent time in a fellowship at the Hebrew University’s Melton Senior Educator’s Program.

Rabbi Goldberg is married to Melanie Cole Goldberg, a Jewish educator.  They have two children, Joseph (22) and Benjamin (19).


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