The incoming rabbi of Congregation Poale Zedeck is no longer coming to Pittsburgh.
Rabbi Moshe Taub, chosen earlier this year to succeed Rabbi Yisroel Miller at the modern Orthodox synagogue in Squirrel Hill, will no longer take over the post, according to Glenn Foxson, executive director of Congregation Poale Zedeck.
While Foxson confirmed the news, he did not give a reason for the change, referring all further questions to congregation President Dean Pollack, who did not return several requests for comment.
Since September 2003, Taub has been with The Young Israel of Greater Buffalo, according to the Web site of the congregation. He was expected to begin his rabbinical post in Pittsburgh sometime before the High Holidays this year.
Poale Zedeck chose Taub in April from a pool of around 40 applicants.
Taub called the issue “a private matter” and declined to comment further, other than to say, “Pittsburgh is a wonderful community and I believe it’s at the cusp of a new Jewish resurgence, and I will look forward to reading about it and its great accomplishments in the years to come.”
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