Meet Our Clergy
Rabbi Avi Goldstein joined Beth Jacob Congregation in January 2012 from Baltimore, Maryland. Previously, Rabbi Goldstein was on the rabbinic staff at the Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion synagogue in Baltimore, and over the past two summers he served as a rabbinic intern at the famed congregation Knesseth Israel - "the White Shul" - in Far Rockaway, NY. He has international rabbinic leadership experience as well, as he led Baltimore SEED teams for several summers to Sydney, Australia. He has also worked at the National Council of Young Israel central offices in Manhatten, NY. He received training in synagogue conflict mediation and helped design national rabbinic training curricula for the NCYI rabbinic training program. Rabbi Goldstein was educated and ordained at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, Maryland.
Rabbi Goldstein holds a Masters degree in Clinical Community Counseling from the Johns Hopkins University. He has clinical experience at the Women's Correctional Facility of Jessup, MD and with Jewish adolescents at the Maryland Counseling Network in Baltimore, MD.
Rabbi Goldstein is married to Miriam, from West Hempstead, NY, and has two daughters and two sons: Elana, Rachel, Aryeh and Yaakov.
Rabbi David Stavsky
Rabbi David Stavsky zt"l (1930-2004) was born in New York City in 1930. The Rabbi's credentials include B.A., Psychology, Yeshiva University; ordained at Rabbi Isaac Elchanon Theological Seminary (studied with master scholar Rabbi Soloveitchik); M.A., Psychology, Ohio State University.
After ordination, the Rabbi served in the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital and he was the Post-Chaplain at Fort Carson, Colorado. He served on the pulpit at Beth Jacob Congregation from 1957 until his death in 2004. Rabbi Stavsky founded the Columbus Torah Academy in 1958, and is a former National VP of the Rabbinical Council of America.