Rabbi Shmuel Goldin
Rabbi Shmuel Goldin served as the Rav of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, New Jersey, one of the largest and most prominent synagogues in North America, for 33 years, until his aliya in September 2017. Upon his aliya, he became the synagogue’s Rabbi Emeritus and assumed the new position of Senior Scholar with Nefesh B’Nefesh. In this capacity, he will be concentrating on strengthening the emotional connection between the diaspora Jewish community and the State of Israel.
While actively serving his congregation, Rav Goldin taught Bible and Philosophy at Yeshiva University for over 20 years. He also authored a five book set of commentary on the parsha, “Unlocking the Torah Text” that has garnered extensive critical and popular acclaim. Rabbi Goldin’s insightful and thoughtful ideas bring the parsha to life in a unique way. His new volume “Unlocking the Haggada” will be published shortly.
Throughout these years, Rabbi Goldin has lectured in a wide variety of settings throughout the world.  He served as a Scholar in Residence on tours of Israel, Australia, Italy, Prague, Budapest, Poland, Vienna and Morocco. In the United States, he served as a scholar in numerous Pesach programs in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. His timely and educational lectures include such topics as: “Woman’s Role in Judaism”, “Raising Moral Children in Today’s Society”, The Evolving Relationship between Israel and the Diaspora,” “Confronting the Changing Jewish Landscape Across the Globe” and a large selection of text-based presentations on topics from Chumash and Jewish Philosophy.
Rabbi Goldin is a Past President of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), the world’s largest association of Orthodox rabbis. He is currently the Chairman of the Gerus Committee, overseeing the policies and standards for conversion to Judaism. He has also led countless missions to Israel, specifically during trying times.
Among others, Rabbi Goldin’s past positions include: President of the Rabbinic Alumni Association of Yeshiva University; President of the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County and Chairman of its Kashrut Committee; Rabbinic advisor to the Jewish Youth Encounter Program; membership on the Executive Committee of the United Jewish Community of Northern New Jersey; membership on the Board of Directors of the Sinai Learning Disabilities Program of New Jersey; membership on the Board of the Orthodox caucus and Chairmanship of their Task force ,on Singles. Currently, Rabbi Goldin is a member of the U.J.A. Rabbinic Cabinet; the Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds; the Rabbinic Alumni Cabinet of Yeshiva University; the board of the United Jewish Community of Northern New Jersey and the boards and advisory committees of numerous other communal associations and organizations. He has received many honors, accolades and awards for his decades of service to the Jewish community both in America and Israel and has been included in lists of the most influential Jewish American leaders published by Newsweek Magazine, The Forward, and other periodicals.
In addition to the numerous awards presented to Rabbi Goldin by his own congregation upon his retirement from the Synagogue; the City of Englewood honored him for his years of dedicated service to the broader community by renaming the street upon which the synagogue stands “Rabbi Goldin Way.”
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