Rabbi Mark Asher Goodman was ordained in 2006 from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, the Conservative movement’s seminary on the West Coast. While at Ziegler, he was an intern with Clergy and Laity United for Economic justice (CLUE), advocating for the rights of low-wage workers, and co-founded the Ziegler School's LGBT Advocacy group, Dror Yikra. From 2004-2006 he was the founding spiritual leader of the Surf City Synagogue, the Conservative shul of Huntington Beach, CA. From 2006-2011, he was a teacher of Talmud and Jewish Law at JCHS of the Bay in San Francisco, CA, when he also served as coach of JCHS’s Moot Beit Din team, a national Jewish day school competition in Jewish Law.
From 2012 to 2017 he served as School Rabbi and Director of Judaic Studies at Denver Jewish Day School in Denver, CO. He concurrently served as the rabbi for Congregation Har Mishpacha in Steamboat Springs from 2014 until 2018. During his time in Colorado, he also had roles in the community as an adjunct teacher for Temple Emanuel Denver, as lead teacher for the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council (RMRC) 'Intro to Judaism' program, and as Vice-President of the RMRC.
He is pleased to be joining the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, PA, where his wife Noa has begun working as a physical therapist with UPMC.
Rabbi Goodman currently serves as spiritual leader for Brith Sholom Jewish Center of Erie, PA, a Conservative synagogue that was founded in 1897.
He loves to teach and learn Torah and Talmud, and takes particular inspiration from the teachings of the Hasidic masters; 18th and 19th century rabbis who had a talent for making that which is esoteric personally relevant to each and every person. He finds God especially present in song, in meditation, in acts of social justice, and while hiking, running, cycling, or skiing.
Rabbi Goodman is the proud Abba of Yigal and Etta Goodman.
Rabbi Goodman tweets on Torah at twitter.com/rabbimarkasherg. He tweets about soccer at twitter.com/soccer_rabbi.
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