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Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein, D.D.


Rabbi Niles Goldstein is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Valley. Rabbi Goldstein, an experienced and dynamic Reform rabbi and educator, is also the award-winning author or editor of ten books, including Gonzo Judaism, God at the Edge and  The Challenge of the Soul. He was the founding rabbi of  The New Shul, an innovative and independent synagogue in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, which he served for over a decade. Rabbi Goldstein is also a founder of  The Napa Center for Thought & Culture. Prior to his arrival at CBS, Rabbi Goldstein worked in a variety of congregational, interfaith and academic settings while based in his native Chicago.

Rabbi Goldstein has been a thought leader and sought-after speaker in the North American Jewish community for many years, and he teaches widely on spirituality, personal growth, the environment, leadership and congregational innovation. He has written for Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, the Forward and many other publications, and he has been featured in TimeThe New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and other venues, as well as on radio and television.

Rabbi Goldstein is the National Jewish Chaplain for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, a position he has held since his ordination, as well as Chaplain for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Napa Police Department. He is also a member of PEN, the Renaissance Institute, the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Northern California Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Goldstein has served on the faculty of New York University, Loyola University, Eastern Mennonite University and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbi Goldstein received his undergraduate degree with honors in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a master's degree and rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He received a Doctor of Divinity degree from HUC-JIR for his 25 years of outstanding service in the rabbinate.

Rabbi Goldstein is an avid traveler and outdoor adventurer. He has mushed dogs in Alaska and ridden horses in Mongolia, and he has done humanitarian work with communities in Central Asia and the Caucasus. He is also a longtime practitioner of the martial arts, and he holds black belts in three different self-defense systems. Rabbi Goldstein enjoys the arts, particularly theater and film, and he enjoys trying out new or interesting restaurants. He is excited to be living in Napa Valley and welcomes the opportunity to explore northern California as well as the rest of its beautiful environs.

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Sun, May 19 2024 11 Iyar 5784