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Administration Office Hours:
Monday - Friday:  9:00am - 4:30pm

Office is closed for lunch between 12:30 p.m. and 2:00p.m.


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.


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.




Margaret Trachtenberg
Synagogue Administrator

Margaret Trachtenberg is thankful to have an opportunity to serve and to share life with her community.

Margaret was born in Russia close to the Black Sea. After graduating from University, she worked as a scientist in Moscow. A new chapter began in 1989, when Margaret came to San Francisco and found so much to take in and discover. She went on to work as a scientist in the Bay Area and met many wonderful and open-minded people along the way. After receiving her business degree, Margaret settled in Napa Valley and became a dedicated wine industry financial professional and a student of wine.

Working for Congregation Beth Shalom has a special meaning for Margaret. "We have a fabulous Jewish community in Napa Valley", she says. Thank you all!



Debra Robinson
Administrative Assistant 

Debra has been with CBS since 2016 and prior to that she spent approximately 20 years working as a credentialed Montessori preschool teacher. While teaching and attending Pacific Union College, Debra earned her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education in the early 2000’s. After leaving her Montessori teaching career and before coming to CBS, Debra spent some time working for the Napa County Office of Education as an Administrative Clerk and an Autism Behavior Assistant in the Napa Preschool Program.

Debra has two adult sons and enjoys spending time with them when she can. Some of her other interests include golf, exercise, photography, attending live performances, shows and exhibits, and spending fun time with close friends.





Sun, June 16 2019 13 Sivan 5779