Entering the rabbinate was the fulfillment of a childhood dream for Rabbi Romberg. He entered Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion at age 42 following an 18 year career in business as the CEO of a furniture manufacturing business. During those years he was an active member of Congregation Beth Or in Springhouse, PA; serving on the board for 5 years, as ritual chair and as an occasional “chazzan sheini.” During his time at HUC-JIR Rabbi Romberg served for one year as a chaplain at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center, and for three years as the rabbinic leader for Beth Sholom in Fredericksburg, VA. Rabbi Romberg received a Masters in Hebrew Literature from HUC – JIR and was ordained as Rabbi in 2001. He earned awards in the areas of Medieval Philosophy, Rabbinic Literature and Midrash, as well as general academic excellence.
Rabbi Romberg arrived in Tallahassee to serve Temple Israel in July of 2001. Since then he as been quite active in local affairs. He served for two years as co-chair of the Tallahassee Equality Action Ministry, a faith based social justice organization. Along with some other local clergy, he launched Tallahassee Interfaith Clergy, which now has over 50 local clergy on its rolls. Rabbi Romberg sat on the editorial board of the Tallahassee Democrat for 1 year and is still a regular contributor of editorial columns on a number of issues. He is a frequent guest lecturer in a number of classes given at Florida State University. In 2007 Rabbi Romberg served on the "Religious Study Dietary Group," a state panel that analyzed food issues in Florida prisons. He was active in the fight against the Florida Marriage Amendment as a member of the Florida Clergy for Fairness. Currently he serves on the boards of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and Capital Regional Medical Center.
Regionally and nationally, Rabbi Romberg is treasurer of the Southeast Central Conference of American Rabbis, he has chaired the school committee for the URJ’s high school in Israel program (Eisendrath International Exchange Program), and is serving on the steering committee of the Rabbinic Visioning Initiative, a group of Reform Rabbis working to push the Reform Movement and Liberal Jewish world to higher levels of excellence in a changing Jewish world. He is also a member of the President’s Rabbinic Council for HUC-JIR.
Rabbi Romberg greatly enjoys the Tallahassee community, with its intellectual and cultural opportunities. He and his wife Audrey are very proud of their two daughters, Carrie and Abby, their son-in-law Andy, and their two beautiful grandchildren Amelia and Simon. Finally, as anyone who walks into his office soon learns, he is a dedicated fan of the Philadelphia Eagles football and Phillies baseball.