Rabbi Todd Thalblum
Rabbi Todd and his family moved to Cedar Rapids in 2009 to become our rabbi.
Having grown up in Kansas City, Rabbi Todd was happy to return to the Midwest after 10 years as a rabbi in Houston. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado and received his ordination from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, in 1999. In addition to his work for the congregation, he is also the current president of both the Inter-Religious Council of Linn County and the Midwest Association of Reform Rabbis.
His wife, Sabrina, is a nurse, and their children, Noah and Gabriella, are both in college. When not working, he enjoys movies, sci-fi, concerts, and golf.
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Rabbi Todd’s Monthly Column
President of Congregation
Welcome to Temple Judah!
I am beginning my 6th year on the Board of Directors, my 2nd year as President. I began my active involvement in the Temple Judah Community over 24 years ago as a Young Judea youth group leader. My passion for reading led me to revive our Hadassah book club several years ago, which I continue to facilitate. Prior to joining the Board, I served a few years on our Ritual Committee, and continue to attend those meetings.
I love the fact we are a “blended” family with both Conservative and Reform membership with two sanctuaries to offer versatility in our small community. You will see me at Friday night Reform services and the monthly Saturday morning Traditional service. This is not out of a sense of obligation as President, but rather because this community offers me more than one way to worship and connect to my spirituality.
Please feel welcome to join in!
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President’s Monthly Column
Carolyn, originally from St. Louis, moved to Cedar Rapids in 1993 after living in the Washington, DC area and Columbus, Ohio. Carolyn’s son, Daniel, who is now grown and on his own, grew up in Cedar Rapids and was active at Temple Judah.
After serving as Temple Judah’s Co-Administrator of Religious School for 13 years, Carolyn became Temple Judah’s Secretary/Administrator in 2007.
In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys reading, improving her knitting skills and baking for friends and family.
You can contact Carolyn during her office hours, from 12:30 to 5:30 pm at 319-362-1261 or by using the contact form below.