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Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein

Rabbi Niles Goldstein is excited to be 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 and God at the Edge. 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. Prior to his arrival at CBS Napa, Rabbi Goldstein worked in a variety of congregational, interfaith and academic settings while based in his native Chicago.

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Gordon Lustig
Music Director

Gordon Lustig began leading music for Friday night services at Temple Beth Torah in Fremont, California when he was 12 years old. Just out of high school he was asked to be a song leader at UAHC Camp Swig in Saratoga, CA. Gordon composed the song “Hine Tov M’od,” based on B’reisheet when he was only 19 years old and that song is now sung all over the world. He worked at Swig every summer for the next 6 years where he song lead, composed, arranged, and continued to keep the bar high after Debbie Friedman ended her tenure at Swig. Gordon also co-produced the second recording at camp called, “Mi-libeinu - A Song from Our Heart”.

Gordon is essentially a self-taught guitarist. At age 25 he attended the prestigious Dick Grove School of Music in Studio City, CA. Upon graduating from the Grove School Gordon composed the main themes and background music for television sit-coms, including “Chicken Soup” starring Jackie Mason and Lynn Redgrave. He composed music for “One People, Many Stories,” a Jewish short story series which aired yearly on National Public Radio. Gordon has produced recordings by various artists from Ladino singer Judy Frankel, to the Jewish rock band Mah Tovu.

Gordon’s involvement in camps, synagogues, and Jewish music has influenced countless children and adults over the years and continues to inspire with his musicianship and humor.


Naama Brenner Abramovitch
Youth Coordinator

Naama Brenner Abramovitch is the Youth Coordinator and has been part of the CBS community for the past six years. She helped organize "Shorashim," the congregation's pre-K program, and as her son grew older, she has become an integral part of the next stage of CBS's youth education programs and activities. Naama now coordinates religious and Hebrew School as well as the CBS teen program.


Hylah Egeland
Director, Camp Chaverim

With a unique vibrancy, Hylah Egeland (aka The Barn Faerie), inspires and cultivates a sense of fun and belonging. She has been creating, managing and running camps and children’s program in the Napa Valley for over 16 years. Her extensive experience and creativity, plus a sparkle and passion for playful and meaningful interactions, creates magical experiences for children of all faiths!

As a lifelong teacher and performance artist, Hylah has educated and entertained students of all ages about health, movement, nature, artistry and community. When she's not running programs, Hylah can be found hanging from aerial silks, tending to her lush garden, riding her mustang mare Lacee, dancing to world music or celebrating and enjoying life with her friends and family.


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