Honoring Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein, who has been welcoming
people into the Tent of Judaism for 60 years
Celebrating the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din’s
Sunday, May 29, 2022, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Leo Baeck Temple
1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
The Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din (SCCBD) is celebrating a 20-year milestone. In 2002, Rabbis Jerry Goldstein, Elliot Dorff, and Alexis Roberts served on the first bet din shortly after the Bet Din was formed.
We Celebrate as a Community
Our celebration begins with engaging outdoor preparations for Shavuot, the holiday that celebrates choosing Judaism
We will crown the afternoon by honoring Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein, a beloved leader without whom we could not have reached this 20-year milestone.
This event will highlight our mission at the Sandra Caplan Bet Din.
Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein says that his work to create the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din is the most satisfying accomplishment of his 59 years in the rabbinate. Rabbi Jerry has been a synagogue rabbi, a dedicated Hillel campus rabbi, and a Reform movement executive. Even his lifelong commitment to social justice is historic.
Wherever he worked, he always welcomed religious seekers into his study, his classes, his dining room. He is like Abraham who in Lech Lecha took all “the souls he had made” (Genesis 12.5) with him when he followed God’s command to move on in Judaism.
Jewish identity been shaped by models of hospitality and loving kindness for thousands of years. The experience of those “souls” in Abraham’s community as they leave their home is symbolically re-enacted every time a non-Jew joins the Jewish people as a ger – a convert to Judaism. Candidates come to us from dozens of backgrounds and for hundreds of reasons. We want to welcome them and help them belong.
Every case of conversion is a surprising tale of its own; and I believe God is found in their stories when told in front of the Bet Din. --Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein
George T. Caplan
Rabbi Ari Cartun
Rabbi Stephen Cohen
Rabbi Elliot Dorff
Rabbi Mark Dworkin
Rabbi Stephen J. Einstein
Rabbi Laura Geller
Deborah Bach Kallick,
Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann
Rabbi Susan Laemmle
Marci & Barton Lee (z”l)
Hon. Joy Picus
Rabbi Paul Saiger
Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller
Rabbi Don Singer
Dr. Rick Tuttle
Leo Baeck Temple has donated their space in support of this celebration.
1:15 to 2:05 pm
How did Naomi welcome Ruth into her home and what can we learn from Naomi? The Book of Ruth does not give us details, but we can fill them in when we build strong, loving families during a time when our community is becoming more diverse. Join us to share your thoughts and the ways you welcome people and learn with your neighbors.
1:15 to 2:05 pm
The Book of Ruth is not only a tale of a woman who joins the Jewish people-it is also a story of devastating losses. Join us for a Healing Circle that draws from the resilience of Ruth and Naomi to inspire renewal and hope.
If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation in honor of Rabbi Goldstein: https://scbetdin.com/Donate
The COVID protocols in place at the time of the event will be observed.