Seth Goldstein

Rabbi Seth Goldstein has served as the rabbi of Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia, WA since 2003. He was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and also holds an MA from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is a member of the board of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, served as a co-chair of an RRA task force examining issues of Jewish status and identity and is a participant in the Clergy Leadership Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. A regular blogger at his personal blog Rabbi360, Rabbi Goldstein is the author of numerous published articles and a contributor to A Guide to Jewish Practice: Shabbat and Holidays. He is both committed to creating vibrant Jewish community and using a spiritual voice to speak to issues of social justice and common concern.


Articles by Seth Goldstein

Make Your Voice Heard

A strange thing happened in the wake of the election, and is intensifying now that the inauguration is next week. ...

Yes, Go Forth. But Don’t Forget To Smash the Idols.

Last week’s election prompted strong reaction and reflection from the Jewish community. With a majority of Jews supporting the Democratic ...

Wind and Rain, Resilience and Abundance

Earlier this week in the Pacific Northwest we waited for a storm that wasn’t. A big storm of heavy rain ...

The National Anthem Is Not a Loyalty Pledge. It’s Liturgy.

When I was a kid, I would always leave the service on Yom Kippur day when it came time for ...

The One Thing We Need to Stop Saying to Our Kids at their Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah is a unique and special time in the life of a child, family and community. ...

Why Tim Kaine is Good for the Jews (And It’s Not Because of Israel)

It’s convention season as the major parties gather together to formally nominate their candidates for President of the United States. ...

Notes from a 13-Year-Old Rabbi

Today I become an adult rabbi. This June marks my 13th year since ordination as a rabbi, and my 13th ...

Funding Innovation is Nice. Now Let’s Redistribute Wealth.

It is wonderful that we in the Jewish community are funding innovative initiatives. There are so many interesting ideas around ...

Holocaust Remembrance: Particular or Universal?

This evening begins Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a day set aside to remember the experience of the ...

What We Are Not Asking When We Talk About Intermarriage

Monday in the JTA, Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom published an op-ed in which he argued that it was time that Conservative rabbis officiate ...