Rabbi David Spinrad is leaving The Temple after five years as part of the rabbinical team so he can pursue a position as a senior rabbi, the synagogue announced Dec. 13.

Rabbi Spinrad, who will remain with The Temple until the end of June, said in the announcement that he has an incredible opportunity, but leaving Atlanta is bittersweet.

“In every way, my years at The Temple have been a dream come true,” he said.

Rabbi Spinrad has helped deepen the congregation’s work on social justice issues, including child sex trafficking, and he founded the monthly Shabbat service for young adults, The Well.

The Temple will celebrate the Spinrad family at a Shabbat in the spring.

Temple Executive Vice President Janet Lavine is leading the committee searching for his replacement.