Rabbi Andrew A. Goodman has been appointed Dean of Students of the New York Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), as of July 1, 2018. He also serves as the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions in the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions. 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 combines passion, learning, humanity and humor, and I have no doubt that these and other qualities will enrich the lives of students on our New York campus, just as they have helped attract excellent students to our programs in his work as a key member of our National Office of Recruitment and Admissions,” commented Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost.
Rabbi Goodman came to the College-Institute with a breadth of experiences and collegial networks nationwide. 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.