CORAL SPRINGS, FL – For more than two years, Rabbi Marci Bloch has guided Temple Beth Orr through spiritual highs and lows, from teaching children the meaning of Judaism to comforting congregants through the Parkland shooting tragedy.
Come July, the reform congregation will need a new spiritual leader as Bloch has announced that she won’t seek another term as senior rabbi.
Bloch “has made the decision to complete her current term on June 30, 2020 and move on to a new path in her spiritual journey,” Michael Koss, the congregation’s president, said in an email to the members of Temple Beth Orr on Nov. 25. “She is very thankful and appreciative of the opportunity to have served Temple Beth Orr.”
Bloch declined to comment about her planned departure.
The rabbi joined the congregation in July, 2017 -- following the departure of a previous rabbi -- with the task, as Koss described in the email, “of bringing stability and direction in our time of transition.”
Koss wrote in the email: “During her tenure, Rabbi Bloch has challenged the congregation, both spiritually and educationally, to extend our holiness and open our minds to the teachings of the Torah from a Reform Jewish perspective.”
Koss added: “We were blessed to have her guide us through the tragedy of the Parkland shooting and create a sacred space of healing and holding for our community. She has enhanced our community through her innovative programs that have engaged and connected our members.”
A rabbi for 17 years, Bloch served as the associate rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton before coming to Temple Beth Orr.
Members of Temple Beth Orr will miss Bloch’s sermons, pastoral care and general passion for teaching Judaism, said longtime member Phil Wengrovitz.
“She’s great. People really love her,” he said.