Rabbi Peter Rubinstein informed congregants of Manhattan’s Central Synagogue that he will step down from his post as senior rabbi at the end of June, 2014.
“What will be a 23-year season of my rabbinate at Central Synagogue has been exquisite and poignant,” Rubinstein wrote in an email circulated among congregants on March 13. “But for me personally, it is now an occasion for another chapter.”
In addition to leading one of the wealthiest congregations in New York, Rubinstein has also been heavily involved in pushing for changes within the Reform movement. Rubinstein was a central figure in the Rabbinic Vision Initiative, a group of Reform rabbis, from some of the country’s leading congregations, that seeks to mold the direction of the Union for Reform Judaism.
The Central Synagogue’s president, David Edelson, said his board would begin the process of looking for a replacement for Rubinstein.