Pacifica Institute: Interfaith Conversations with Rabbi Marvin Goodman
Rabbi Marvin Goodman
Executive Director Board of Rabbis of Northern California
Marvin Goodman was ordained as a rabbi by the Jewish Theological of America in 1975. He studied at the seminary after having earned his BA from Indiana University in 1970. Between 1975-1988 he was the Executive Director of the Northern California Region of the United Synagogue of America, as well as the Regional United Synagogue Youth Director. During that time, he was very instrumental in the development of Camp Arazim.
In 1988, he became the rabbi of Peninsula Sinai Congregation, a conservative congregation in Foster City, California. During his 19 years as Peninsula Sinai's rabbi, he worked on developing programs and activities, which helped the members of the congregation feel and know that they were part of a caring community. In 2006, he became the Executive Director of the Northern California Board of Rabbis, and the Rabbi in Residence of the Jewish Federation. He is married to Deborah Kelman and has two daughters, Rena and Naomi. He traveled to Turkey as part of a Pacifica Institute trip in 2009.
Expanding Your Universe of Obligation
After traveling to India on a service mission this past summer, Rabbi Goodman's understanding of his responsibility to people in the Developing World has dramatically changed. He will share his experience with you and urge you to consider expanding your universe of obligation.