The Ark Synagogue (NPLS)
Rabbi Goldstein became Senior Rabbi of The ark Synagogue (previously Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue) in the summer of 2008. His motto is to ‘Count Jews In, Not Out’ and passionately supports Liberal Judaism’s inclusion policies and championed the Equal Marriage campaign for LJ. Aaron is also an active participant in refugee and asylum issues and supports Jewish detainees at Harmondsworth.
Rabbi Goldstein has been chair of the Rabbinic Conference of Liberal Judaism and is currently a Governor of Leo Baeck College.
He was brought up at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue where his father Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein was the first rabbi and served for over 40 years until Aaron took over in a very fair recruitment process. Dr Andrew Goldstein and his wife Sharon, started Kadimah Summer School in 1970 and Rabbi Goldstein and his sister Ruth (The Ark Synagogue’s Choir Leader) attended from birth through to being leaders. Rabbi Goldstein went on to be involved in LJY-NETZER and spent a gap year in Israel as a volunteer.
Rabbi Goldstein’s wife, Tammy is a graphic designer and also grew up at The Ark Synagogue. They have two daughters, Liora and Shaya who are also used to a second home life in NPLS, LJ and LJY-NETZER.
Before his role at The Ark Synagogue, Rabbi Goldstein was Head of Community Development for Liberal Judaism from, 2002 following his ordination from Leo Baeck College. He served many congregations during his training including one in Toronto whilst transferring a year of his studies to Hebrew Union College, New York.
He has a BSc degree in Business and Administration and Ergonomics from Aston University and BA and MA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from Leo Baeck College. Upon graduation from Aston, he worked for 5 years for British Steel Strip Products, managing their business with Japanese Vehicle Manufacturer Transplants in Europe.