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2022 Celebration - We All Choose Judaism

Preparing for Shavuot: The Holiday of Choosing Judaism

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
20th Anniversary


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

  • 20 years,
  • One of the founding rabbis who built the SCCBD
  • Jewish holiday of Shavuot

Our celebration begins with engaging outdoor preparations for Shavuot, the holiday that celebrates choosing Judaism

  • Explore Ways to Welcome Diverse  Guests
  • Participate in a Healing Circle based on The Book of Ruth
  • Create your Revelation Story with Paper Midrash
  • Schmooze with friends and eat cheesecake!

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 models the mitzvah of Haknasat Orkhim, welcoming guests.

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

The Honorary Committee for this Celebration

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,
Janice Kamenir-Reznick
Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann
Rabbi Susan Laemmle
Marci & Barton Lee (z”l)
Hon. Joy Picus
Janis Plotkin
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.

We honor Rabbi Jerry’s Abraham-like hospitality with these Donation Levels

Abraham and Sarah - $1800
Michael - Angel of Renewal - $1000
Gavriel - Angel of Strength - $500
Refael - Angel of Healing - $360
Haknasat Orkhim - Welcoming Guests - $100
Haverim – Friends - $36

When you register, you will have the opportunity to choose your activity:

Explore Ways to Welcome Diverse Guests

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.

Facilitated by 

Hope and Healing in The Book of Ruth

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.

Led by 

Honoring Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein

2:10- 3:00

Please join honorary event chairs, Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak, Rabbi Lisa Edwards, and Rabbi Alan Henkin,  in celebrating this amazing rabbi, mensch, and mentor whose hospitality and lovingkindness continue to provide an inspiring model for all of the rabbis who work with our candidates at the Sandra Caplan
Community Bet Din.

2022 Celebration

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.

Contact Us


Voice: 323-863-5486    

Mailing Address

441 S. Barrington, Ave., #201
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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