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Rabbi, Staff and Leadership

Rabbi Seth Goldstein

Rabbi Seth Goldstein is both committed to creating vibrant Jewish community and using a spiritual voice to speak to issues of social justice and common concern.

He has been at TBH since graduating from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and also holds an MA in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. As of March, 2017 he serves as President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

He has completed the Clergy Leadership Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, is a Rabbis Without Borders fellow and was a Brickner Rabbinic Fellow through the Religious Action Center. Currently he is a member of the third cohort of the Clergy Leadership Incubator program. He was recently named as one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by the Forward.

Rabbi Goldstein is the author of numerous published articles, essays and liturgy. He writes regularly on his blog, Rabbi 360 and produces both a weekly podcast, Torah tl;dr, and a webseries, Carpooling with Rabbi.

He is deeply engaged in local community affairs and active in Interfaith Works of Thurston County and the Faith Action Network, a statewide advocacy organization. He has testified in front of the Washington State Legislature on numerous occasions.

E-mail Rabbi Seth: rabbi@bethhatfiloh.org


Catherine Carmel, Director of Jewish Family Life and Learning

Catherine comes to TBH with a public school teaching background. She taught in Hawaii, Texas and for the Department of Defense in Germany before teaching in Washington. She is a middle school generalist who did her graduate level specialization in literacy instruction. Catherine’s interest in interfaith cooperation, social justice and tikkun olam have led her to become a board member for Interfaith Works, where she coordinates the summer camp, Interfaith Explorations, as well as spearheads TBH’s annual participation in CROP Walk. She is also on the board of RENA, Reconstructionist Educators of North America, where she coordinates conference calls to bring together Education Directors like herself, for professional development and support. Catherine is married to Rob, a retired Army Sergeant Major. Together they share a love for their four daughters, along with hiking, watching football and a good cup of coffee. In her incredibly rare spare time Catherine also enjoys painting, gardening and reading.

E-mail Catherine: beitsefer@bethhatfiloh.org


Caroline Metzger, Community Engagement Coordinator

Caroline has a background in small business management, marketing, and website development. She is inspired by working with organizations and individuals who create a positive impact in their community. Caroline enjoys being of service and is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment that strengthens and supports our community. Caroline is an entrepreneur and believes that food and creativity can help repair the world.

E-mail Caroline: tbh@bethhatfiloh.org


Board and Governance

TBH is governed by a Board of Directors, elected each spring by the membership. The dedicated volunteers of the Board manage the affairs of the congregation, set policy and work with clergy and staff on fulfilling TBH’s mission of being a Jewish center for Olympia and beyond. Board meetings, which are open to TBH members, are on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

2017-2018 TBH Board
Laura Schrager, President
Tikva Glantz, Vice President
Gary Schneider, Treasurer
Allyson Brooks, Secretary

Board Members At Large
Michael Blum
Leslie Goldstein
David Hanig
Lisa Hoffman
Spencer Orman
Harriet Strasberg

Youth Education Representative
Michael Marchand

Sat, September 22 2018 13 Tishrei 5779