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Rabbi Herman J. Blumberg (Emeritus)

In 1986, after more than ten years of leadership as a day school headmaster and Jewish Communal Relations professional, Rabbi Blumberg returned to congregational life by assuming the Rabbinic leadership of Temple Shir Tikva.

During his 19-year tenure, Shir Tikva’s membership, congregant participation and new programs grew significantly, making Shir Tikva more than a place of worship. The synagogue developed into an inviting and welcoming environment where Jews of all ages could gather in search of knowledge, spirituality and community. Under Rabbi Blumberg’s guidance, Shir Tikva became a Reform congregation that embraced Jewish tradition and sacred teachings viewed through modern and post-modern lenses. Rabbi Blumberg retired from his post at Temple Shir Tikva in July, 2005.

Currently Rabbi Blumberg is a member of the Religious Services and Palliative Care staff at Hebrew Senior Life. His work focuses on counseling patients and families who are facing serious illness and end of life concerns. Rabbi Blumberg is also a spiritual care coordinator at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Newton, Massachusetts, and a member of a Community Ethics Committee, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, which deliberates on significant bio-medical ethical questions.  

Rabbi Blumberg and his wife Paula have three grown children, several grandchildren and reside in Newton. 

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