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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 and joined Congregation Beth-El Zedeck as the Assistant Rabbi in July 2016. Rabbi Goldman's lawfully wedded partner is Kieran Kiley from Fayetteville, OH. They live in Indianapolis with their niece, Mya.