Rabbi Avi Goldstein has been the senior rabbi at Beth Jacob congregation since 2012. During this time, Rabbi Goldstein has established Beth Jacob as a hub of major Jewish programming in Columbus and as a destination synagogue for young families. Focusing on dynamic and diverse programming, Rabbi Goldstein and Beth Jacob have retained or recruited dozens of families in Columbus and has grown the membership by 45%. In addition to his synagogue responsibilities, Rabbi Goldstein is very active in the broader community, serving on the boards of the following organizations: Governor Mike DeWine’s Board of Faith Based and Community Relations, the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, Columbus Torah Academy, Buckeye Kosher, the Columbus Jewish Historical Society, the Columbus Eruv Society, Columbus Community Mikvah, Columbus Community Kollel, Agudath Israel of Ohio, JewishColumbus, JCRC and is the current president of the Columbus Board of Rabbis. In recognition of these efforts, Rabbi Goldstein was recently named one of the “18 Difference Makers” by the Columbus Jewish News. 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 orthodox adolescents at the Maryland Counseling Network in Baltimore, Maryland. Rabbi Goldstein is married to his wife Miriam and has seven children: Elana, Rachel, Aryeh, Yaakov, Zev, Yerucham and Eli.