Rabbi Goodman focuses his work recruiting the current and future student body of HUC-JIR and the next generation of Jewish professional leadership for North American Jewry and beyond, focusing his work on campus and throughout the eastern region.
Rabbi Goodman studied Psychology and English at the University of Michigan with extensive coursework toward a teaching certificate. He was ordained by HUC-JIR in 2008. During his time at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Goodman’s primary focus was pastoral counseling, spending two years working with home-bound seniors in New York City and three summers as a Chaplain Candidate for the United Sates Navy Chaplain Corps.
Following his ordination, Rabbi Goodman served as the rabbi of Temple Beth Israel in Plattsburgh, NY. In addition to his congregational duties, he worked as adjunct professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, part of the chaplaincy teams at both the local hospital and prison, and vice president of the Interfaith Council of Plattsburgh and Clinton County.
In 2011, Rabbi Goodman joined the Office of the Chaplaincy at the University of Richmond in, Richmond, VA, as their first Director of Jewish Life and Campus Rabbi, and later was appointed as the first Director of Religious Social Responsibility.