Rabbi Justin Goldstein

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Rabbi Justin Goldstein

Justin Goldstein was ordained in 2011 by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised in a secular home near Chicago, IL, Justin discovered his deep love and admiration of Hebrew Scripture while studying ancient history and religion at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Inspired by in depth study of Biblical Hebrew and a project culminating in an original translation and commentary of most of the Book of Genesis, Justin decided to pursue rabbinic studies.

While in rabbinical school, Justin taught regularly on environmental sustainability and food security, eventually volunteering as a Rabbinic Fellow for Hazon, the largest Jewish environmental organization in North America. Following ordination, Rabbi Goldstein served in his first congregation in Bangor, ME fostering a multi-generational community bringing an innovative approach to cultivating a culture of learning.

A 2012-2013 Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, Justin is committed to respecting all expressions of the Jewish tradition, recognizing that there is truth even in perspectives with which we may disagree and that a truly pluralist era in our history would benefit the Jewish people and the societies in which we live. Described as an exciting, innovative and dynamic rabbinic presence, Rabbi Goldstein is committed to pluralism and egalitarianism as an ideal and in practice.  Understanding that the Jewish tradition thrives on multiple viewpoints and is made healthier by various perspectives, Justin believes a bright future of coexistence is possible and seeks to foster respectful dialogue and peaceful communication, contextualizing life in the 21st century within the timeless wisdom of the Jewish tradition. Rabbi Goldstein was designated by the Forward as one of the most inspiring rabbis of 2016 in the United States.

Justin is very excited to come to Asheville, his home away from home for over a decade, with his wife and daughter to serve Congregation Beth Israel. Inspired by the diversity and culture of Western North Carolina, Rabbi Goldstein hopes to learn from and with members of the entire Jewish community and the community at large.

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Rabbi Goldstein can be contacted by email at rabbi@bethisraelnc.org