SAN ANTONIO -- After spending 20 years at Temple Beth-El, Senior Rabbi Barry H.D. Block will resign effective May 31, 2014.

The resignation takes effect following Rabbi Block's 2-year sabbatical beginning June 1, which was approved by the congregation's Board of Trustees.

Bill Goodman, congregational president, said in a written release, Rabbi Block has been an innovative and inspirational leader of our congregation for twenty years and has represented us admirably in the wider communities of our city, state and nation.

According to the release, Block will continue officiating life cycle events like Bar or Bat Mitzvah's, weddings, and funerals.

Temple Beth-El was a great congregation, strong and vibrant, for 118 years before I arrived in 1992, Rabbi Block said in the release. It will continue to be San Antonio's magnificent Reform Jewish spiritual home for many years after I have left.

While the Temple searches for a new Senior Rabbi, the Central Conference of American Rabbis and Union for Reform Judaism will aid in finding an Interim Rabbi.

Founded in 1874, Temple Beth-El is the largest Jewish congregation in San Antonio with more than 1,600 adult members.

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