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June 28-29, 2024 Schedule of Events

Friday Night: Personal Impressions from Oct 7
Literally by chance, on Simchat Torah Rav Mikie was not on Kibbutz Alumim, which was attacked in three waves that black Shabbat. His mother, sister and brother-in-law, who live there, spent almost 30 hours in their safe rooms. Since then, the sense in his family of still having them alive has pervaded all their interactions.

Shabbat Morning D'rash: Spying Out the Land
The spies called Canaan "a land that devours its inhabitants." Can the pluralism that forms the basis of Conservative/Masorti Judaism be a catalyst in ensuring that we do not devour each other?

Shabbat Lunch & Learn: Spreading the Masorti Spirit in Israel (Q&A)
What's so special about Masorti Judaism in Israel? What is the impact of our movement? How do we try and make Israel an even better place? Come and ask your questions about why it's important for you Masorti thrives in Israel.

Shabbat Afternoon: From Prejudice to Pride - LGBTQ challenges and advances in Israel 
Rav Mikie, a former chairman of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, has been associated with LGBTQ struggle for equality in Israel. He will talk about his experiences and the challenges that still lay ahead.

RSVP for Dinner and/or Seudah Shlisheet by June 24

 

ABOUT

Rabbi Mikie Goldstein,
Director of Development, Masorti Movement

Originally from Liverpool, UK, Rabbi Mikie Goldstein made aliyah in 1989, after completing a BA in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester. He received his rabbinic ordination in 2014 from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, returning to Israel to become the rabbi at Adat Shalom-Emanuel, the Masorti kehillah in Rehovot of which he had previously been a member.

Before turning to the rabbinate, Rav Mikie worked chiefly in the non-profit sector, including heading Masorti’s Israel development department. He has volunteered at various organizations, including the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, where he served as board chair from 2008-2010. Rav Mikie also worked abroad for the Foreign Ministry in the Public Diplomacy (Hasbarah) and Culture departments of various Israeli missions.

During his rabbinical studies, Rav Mikie interned at the New Israel Fund, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Town & Village Synagogue, and at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the world’s largest LGBTQ synagogue. In 2017, Mikie was elected to serve as president of the Israel region of the Rabbinical Assembly (RA), placing him on the International RA’s Executive Council, until 2022, as well as on the boards of the Masorti Movement and the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary.

In July 2022, Rav Mikie started a short stint heading the Religious Services Bureau of the Masorti Movement and the RA in Israel. In January 2023, he returned to direct Masorti's development department, this time leading the movement's global fundraising efforts.

Rav Mikie continues to accompany new and established kehillot, working to facilitate congregants’ journeys to owning their Judaism. He is a staunch supporter of religious pluralism in Israel and works in the wider community to reconnect the unaffiliated to their Jewish tradition.

Tue, June 18 2024 12 Sivan 5784