Beth R. Goldstein, RJE, is excited to have joined the Beth El Temple Center staff in July of 2016 as the Director of Education. After graduating Brandeis in 2001, Beth earned a Masters in Jewish Education and a Masters in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2006.
Following HUC-JIR, Beth served as the Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Sinai in Milwaukee, WI, where she oversaw all education programs within the synagogue from preschool through adult education. Beth then moved to Pittsburgh, PA and was the Director of Teen Education for the Agency for Jewish Learning where she oversaw J-SITE (the community Hebrew high school of 180 students), as well as the informal Jewish programming for this same age group.
After moving back to the Boston area three years ago, Beth was the founding Education Director for B’Yachad South Area Religious School in Brockton/Randolph, MA, where she created and ran a religious school for two synagogues in the South Area. Through that position, Beth was able to design a religious school program from the very beginning and create community-wide programs such as the first ever South Area Sukkot Family Camp!
Beth believes that a student who learns about Judaism in a kind and loving way will think about Judaism affectionately for the rest of his or her life. And only when students of all ages think about Judaism affectionately will they strive to learn more because it is something they love and respect. She believes that the best way to do this is through creating a warm and caring learning community by building strong relationships and shared experiences. In addition, Beth is an experienced songleader (both for religious schools and camps) and believes that music and the arts play an integral part of a person’s Jewish education.
When Beth is not at BETC, she enjoys playing guitar and spending time with her partner Rabbi Amy Hertz and their dog Mason!
Rabbi Sandi joined the BETC staff in 2011. She believes that all students, young and older, should have opportunities to study all aspects of Judaism with each other, using creative, accessible and interactive methods that inspire further growth and learning. Sandi feels a Jewish obligation to respond to those in need and affect change in the world with education, hands-on work, fundraising, and advocacy and looks forward to engaging in Tikkun Olam at BETC! Sandi treasures the wisdom in Jewish traditions, worship, holidays, life-cycle events, and rituals and enjoys leading others in learning, celebration, and prayer.
Previously, Rabbi Sandi was the Family Educator and Havurah Coordinator at Temple Sinai in Brookline, MA where she created the curriculum and led family education programs for students in grades kindergarten through seven, and brought groups of families together to get to know each other and enjoy being Jewish together in groups called Havurot. In addition, Rabbi Sandi completed a Chaplaincy Residency program at Hebrew SeniorLife during which she served as a rabbi and chaplain to patients at Children's Hospital and seniors at The Jack Satter House in Revere and Orchard Cove in Canton. Rabbi Sandi continues to serve as the rabbi and interfaith chaplain at The Jack Satter House.
In 2010, Rabbi Sandi was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. While in rabbinical school, she was an intern at Central Synagogue in New York and participated in a thought-provoking and life-changing Rabbinical Student Delegation to Senegal with American Jewish World Service.
Rabbi Sandi grew up in Queens, New York and graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Judaic Studies and Masters in Teaching. Upon graduation, Sandi was a DeLeT (Day School leadership through Teaching) fellow and then taught second and fifth grades at The Rashi School in Newton, MA.
Rabbi Sandi lives with her spouse Stephanie Rotsky, and their son, Ilan, in North Quincy. When she's not at BETC, she can be found kayaking in Vermont, reading John Grisham and Daniel Silva novels, and listening to WBUR.