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

Is Capitalism Hurting Synagogue Life?

“How big is your congregation?” This is the number one question I am asked as a congregational rabbi in settings ...

When a Win is not a Win

At a Jewish education conference once, I was sitting behind two people at a workshop when the rabbi who was ...

MLK’s Dayenu Moment

This past weekend, as I gathered for Passover seders, first with my family and friends, and then with my congregation, ...

The Jewish Case for Daylight Saving Time

This past Sunday was one of my favorite days of the year, the day we set the clocks forward for ...

The “Fake News” and the “News Fake”

Yes, its true. An era is ending. Jon Stewart, who hosted the Daily Show—the “fake news” program on Comedy Central—for ...

White Moses and Black Bond

The recent Sony hacking scandal raised an uproar about the movie The Interview with Seth Rogen and James Franco. But ...

The Festival of Happy Lights

Since I moved to the Pacific Northwest a decade ago, people ask me how I deal with all the rain. ...

We Should Fear the Ebola Virus

The minor outbreak of the Ebola virus on American soil is fueling our fears and concerns, and its no surprise. ...

Leave Your Seatbacks in their Full, Upright Position

A minor cultural kerfuffle flared up recently about airline seats and the question of whether to recline or not. On ...

Give Heed to the Bark/Meow/Cluck of the Shofar

Apparently yesterday was “National Dog Day.” I had not heard of National Dog Day before, but it was created 10 ...