Meet the Shlichim: Elisheva and Binyamin Goldstein

Elisheva and Binyamin Goldstein
Modeno, Italy

Rabbi and Rabbanit of the Modeno Synagogue for the past 11 years. In addition, Rabbi Goldstein teaches in the Rabbinical Training program in Rome. 

Children: 
Tehila – 27, married to Aryeh and mother to Itzik and Nava
Yehoshua – 26
Itzik – 25, married to Shoshi and father to Tali and Akiva
Chezki – 22
Rivka – 10 

Tell us about the community you’re in:

A small community with an ancient history. In this community, the rabbi and rebbetzin do virtually everything, from the internal roles to the external representation of the community.

What did you receive from the Straus-Amiel Rabbinical Emissary Training Progam and the Claudia Cohen Women Educator Institute? 

We acquired knowledge on a variety of topics related to holding a rabbinical and educational position abroad. During our training  we learned so much about so many important topics that we were not aware of. During the years we’ve been on shlichut, we were privileged to host [Straus-Amiel program director] Rabbi Birnbaum and [Claudia Cohen Women Educators Institute director ] Rebbetzin Renana Birnbaum several times and this gave us great reinforcement. The ongoing educational  conferences that the OTS emissary programs hold regularly in Europe also give us  the oxygen we need to continue our activities. It is also extremely comforting to know that we can always consult with the faculty regarding any halakhic issues that arise.

What message would you like to impart regarding shlichut

The presence of Jews in the Diaspora definitely plays a role, although it is sometimes difficult to understand. And every effort should be made to maintain the continuity of small communities, even if it sometimes feels close to despair.

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