HUC-JIR's National Office of Recruitment and Admissions Announces the Hire of Rabbi Andrew A. Goodman as Assistant Director, Based on the New York Campus

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The National Office of Recruitment and Admissions at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) announces the appointment of Rabbi Andrew A. Goodman as Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions at the New York campus, as of July 1, 2016. Rabbi Goodman will focus his work recruiting the future student body of HUC-JIR and the next generation of Jewish professional leadership for North American Jewry and beyond, focusing his work on the ground throughout the eastern region.

Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., National Director of Recruitment and Admissions, and President's Scholar, stated, "Rabbi Goodman brings to our recruitment team years of experience working closely with college students on campus, a core element of our work.  Rabbi Goodman's efforts on the eastern seaboard will dramatically expand our reach in such an important region.  We have every confidence that he will inspire and recruit the best possible applicants to all the programs of HUC-JIR through personal and sustained engagement with potential students of all ages."

Rabbi Goodman comes to the College-Institute with a breadth of experiences and collegial networks nation-wide.  A child of the Reform Movement, he spent high school involved in NFTY including a summer at Kutz Camp, a semester in the Eisendrath International Exchange program in Jerusalem, and a year on the NFTY-Northeast regional board.  Rabbi Goodman studied Psychology and English at the University of Michigan with extensive coursework toward a teaching certificate. He served as a youth group advisor and program director for Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor, MI. Upon graduation, Rabbi Goodman studied in HUC-JIR's rabbinical program in New York, where he earned his Master of Arts of Hebrew Literature and rabbinical ordination 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. He organized and led programs and activities for Jewish life and culture, served as a pastoral presence for students and faculty, engaged in multi-faith work on campus and in the wider Richmond community, helped deepen relationships with University of Richmond alumni and prospective students, and inspired students to integrate their religious faith into their wider social commitments. Rabbi Goodman planned and led four short-term multi-faith university student pilgrimages to Poland. He was also an Executive Producer of “Draw Back the Curtain”, an award winning documentary produced in 2014 by Jewish Family Services of Richmond and the University of Richmond Hillel, revealing the remarkable story of the resettlement of Soviet Jewish families in Richmond during the 1980s and 1990s.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.