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.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…