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After Lunch Learning with Rabbi Lisa Goldstein
January 19 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Courage for New Beginnings, 1:15pm
The midrash tell us that Nahshon ben Aminadav was the first one to step into the Red Sea, after which the Sea split, allowing the Israelites to escape their Egyptian oppressors once and for all. Where did Nahshon find the great courage to take that first step? The midrash does not tell us, but we will explore teachings that help us cultivate ometz halev (courage) that might help us open up to new possibilities of liberation in our own lives and communities.
Rabbi Lisa L. Goldstein has served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality since 2011. Having previously been a participant in IJS’s programs for rabbis and for meditation teachers, she is proud to lead an organization known for its integrity, depth and creativity.
A native of Los Angeles, Rabbi Goldstein studied history at Brown University. She was ordained as a rabbi at Hebrew Union College, where she also received a MA in Jewish Education. Prior to her work at IJS, she served as the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Shaare Emeth in St. Louis and as the Executive Director of Hillel of San Diego.
Rabbi Goldstein has taught Jewish spiritual practices and led Jewish meditation circles in a variety of contexts for over 15 years. She co-led nine service learning trips in Central America, Southeast Asia and Africa for college and rabbinical students through the American Jewish World Service. In 2009-2010 she received a fellowship through the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem where she developed a methodology for engaging in local justice work within a framework of Jewish contemplative practice.