Rabbi Shmuel Goldin has served as spiritual leader of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, New Jersey, for 33 years. Prior to assuming his role at Ahavath Torah, he served as Rabbi of Beth Sholom Congregation, Potomac, Maryland, and Assistant Rabbi, Beth Jacob Congregation, Beverly Hills, California.
Rabbi Goldin served for over twenty years as instructor of Bible and Philosophy at the Isaac Breuer College and the James Striar School of Yeshiva University and he continues to appear as a visiting scholar and lecturer in a wide variety of settings across the globe. He is a Past President of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), the world’s largest association of Orthodox rabbis, and currently occupies the critical role of chairman of the committee overseeing the RCA’s policies and standards for conversion to Judaism.
Among others, Rabbi Goldin’s past positions include: President of the Rabbinic Alumni Association of Yeshiva University; President of the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County and Chairman of its Kashruth Committee; Rabbinic advisor to the Jewish Youth Encounter Program; membership on the Executive Committee of the United Jewish Community of Northern New Jersey; membership on the Board of Directors of the Sinai Learning Disabilities Program of New Jersey; membership on the Board of the Orthodox caucus and Chairmanship of their Task force on Singles. Currently, Rabbi Goldin is a member of the U.J.A. Rabbinic Cabinet; the Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds; the Rabbinic Alumni Cabinet of Yeshiva University; the board of the United Jewish Community of Northern New Jersey and the boards and advisory committees of numerous other communal associations and organizations. He has received many honors and awards for his decades of service to the Jewish community.
Rabbi Goldin’s recently published five volume set of studies on the weekly parsha, “Unlocking the Torah Text” is based on his numerous years of lecturing in school and synagogue settings and has earned wide popular and critical acclaim in the broader Jewish community. He and his wife, Barbara, are the proud parents of five children and, thank God, an ever-growing brood of grandchildren.