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Rabbi Lizz Goldstein

ואהבת לרעך כמוך

You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.

 (Leviticus 19:18)


Elizabeth (Lizz) Goldstein is a native of Branford, CT, in New Haven county. She grew up as a member of Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, where she spent her teen years as a madricha and youth group leader, and where she went back to teach the Tzedakah In Action curriculum to 7th graders the year between college and rabbinical school.

In the summer of 2004, she was a participant at the URJ Kutz camp, where she first felt called to the rabbinate, and went back to work as Avodah at Kutz in 2006. She completed her undergraduate studies in 2010 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where she was a leader with the Jewish Student Union.

Though Hampshire does not have majors, Lizz’s concentration of study was in the sociology and anthropology of violence and how the environment plays a role in violent conflicts, and she spent a semester in Israel at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. In the summers in between academic years of college, she worked at Karoo Kafe in Provincetown, MA, where she learned a great deal about life and especially self-care.

For the past five years, she has lived in New York City with her partner, Philip, and graduated from the Academy for Jewish Religion in May. Lizz has spent most of her years of rabbinical school as the rabbinic intern at Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek in Brooklyn, with a year as Youth Director at Westchester Jewish Center. She really enjoys working at synagogues with long names, but is willing to try out a place with a short name, too.

As an activist, Lizz has been involved in many Tikkun Olam projects, was a Global Justice Fellow with American Jewish World Service, and is part of a group of activists that take to the streets every Monday in the name of racial justice. She is dedicated to a career of drawing from Jewish history and values to work toward social justice, and is happy to start down here at Ner Shalom! 

Sat, July 21 2018 9 Av 5778