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Rabbi Shelley Goldman
Rabbi Shelley Goldman was born in Chicago, IL and grew up just outside the city in Oak Park, IL. After graduating high school, she lived for a year in Israel on a kibbutz, attended Oberlin College and did her first formal community organizing for healthcare justice as a Midwest Academy summer intern. She then spent the next several years organizing with immigrants and LGBTQ youth in Chicago and New York. While in rabbinical school, Rabbi Goldman interned in every area of rabbinic work, including congregations, campuses, education, political organizing and chaplaincy–both in a hospital and with Jewish elders. She spent an academic year in Jerusalem and studied once a week with Israelis in Hebrew at Beit Midrash Elul. Rabbi Goldman was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in June 2016.
She moved to Indianapolis in July 2016 to be assistant Rabbi at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. She works in all areas of synagogue life from reading stories with 4- and 5-year-old Early Childhood Center children to leading Torah Study with adults on Shabbat mornings. Rabbi Goldman teaches 10thgrade confirmation students, studies with Bar/Bat Mitzvah students in preparation to write their speeches and leads a monthly healing service. She coordinates the Torah on Tap program for Jews in their 20s & 30s and our Tot Shabbat Experience for children under 3 and their families. Rabbi Goldman provides ongoing pastoral counseling and lifecycle officiation, and you can find her teaching and leading services on Friday nights and Saturday mornings. She has been involved in multifaith work, activism and community organizing for many years and is currently a member of Faith in Indiana’s Clergy Council, the Center for Interfaith Cooperation’s Board of Directors, and St. Vincent’s Clinical Pastoral Education Community Advisory Board. Rabbi Goldman is co-chair of the Indiana Board of Rabbis. She lives in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood with her lawfully wedded partner, Kieran Kiley, and their 11-year-old niece, Mya.