Author Archives: Rabbi Michael Goldstein

About Rabbi Michael Goldstein

Michael is the Rabbi of the Glebe Shul.

Jewish Turf Wars

There are a lot of great reasons to become a Jewish communal professional, but money is not one of them. Aspiring young communal service professionals tend to be an idealistic bunch, hoping to have a positive impact on the world … Continue reading

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Aliyah Conversation Revisited

This past Friday night I spoke at dinner about a topic that is very close to my heart.  I spoke in a way that was sincere, but also intentionally provocative. The provocation seems to have worked. I have received a … Continue reading

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Review of Rabbi Elie Kaunfer’s “Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities”

The following article by Rabbi Goldstein appeared in the January 23, 2012 issue of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin: There’s a story told about the Jews of Chelm that goes as follows: In Chełm, the shames used to go around waking … Continue reading

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A Message of Thanks

Last week, Stacy and I were blessed with the birth of our son, Moshe.  It has been a hectic and exciting week, one in which we have been overwhelmed by the generosity and graciousness of our family, friends, and the … Continue reading

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Let’s spread the eat, pray, love.

As I enter the fast of Yom Kippur this Friday night, thoughts of my clients at Jewish Family Services will be on my mind.  These clients are individuals from low-income Jewish families in Ottawa who are assisted by the JFS … Continue reading

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Intermarriage is not the Problem

Jonathan Sachs, Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth, writes the following in an article that appeared today in the Jewish Chronicle: The real issue facing world Jewry is the one no one talks about. It is not antisemitism. It is … Continue reading

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