John A. Golden Elected Vice-Chair of Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Thursday, June 8, 2017

John A. Golden was elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at its meeting in Los Angeles on February 13, 2017.

“John Golden is a long term devoted leader and supporter of HUC-JIR’s mission,” stated Rabbi Aaron Panken, HUC-JIR President. “His vision for advancing Jewish spiritual leadership for the 21st century has provided generous resources to strengthen our recruitment objectives. His passionate commitment to the vital links binding Israel and North American Jewry is expressed through his creation of the Hanassi Fellowship Program, which places HUC-JIR’s Israeli rabbinical students and recently ordained Israeli Reform rabbis in North American Reform congregations for a mentored residency.”

A member of the Board of Governors since 2003 and current Chair of the Board’s Nominating Committee, Golden served for 10 years as Chair of the Board’s Israel Committee.

Golden is the founder of John A. Golden Associates, Inc., a private financial advisory and investment firm. He is a retired general partner of Goldman Sachs& Co. He presently serves on the boards of several private companies. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was associated with the NYC law firm of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed. 

Golden received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University and his JD degree from Columbia Law School. Golden served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Colgate University from 2001 until 2007, having served on its Board from 1994 until 2007. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Colgate in 2007. He also is a member of the Dean’s Council of Columbia Law School. He is a Trustee of the Michael Wolk Heart Foundation and a founding supporter of the Shababa Network of the 92Y serving congregations and Jewish Centers throughout the United States.

John and his wife Suzanne Golden are strong supporters of The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, where Suzanne is a member of its board.

Suzanne and John are members of URJ affiliated Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor NY and Temple Emanu-El of the City of New York.


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. www.huc.edu