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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 in 2003, and also holds an MA in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. He served 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. He was a member of the third cohort of the Clergy Leadership Incubator program, and was named as one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by the Forward in 2016. Most recently he earned three units of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Rabbi Goldstein is the author of numerous published articles, essays, liturgy, and poetry, and has been quoted in major news outlets. He writes regularly on his blog, Rabbi 360 and has produced both a weekly podcast, Torah tl;dr, and a webseries, Carpooling with Rabbi. Most recently he creates Jewish content on TikTok.

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.

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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 focus in her community is in bringing authentic instruction to Jewish experiences in Jewish time. Catherine’s interest in interfaith cooperation, social justice and tikkun olam have led her to work with Interfaith Works, where she coordinates the summer camp, Interfaith Explorations. She is also chair of the board of RENA, Reconstructionist Educators of North America, where she coordinates Zoom meetings 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 expanding family, including four grandchildren. 

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Kayla Iverson, Director of Operations & Engagement

Kayla has been working at TBH since 2019. Kayla brings her educational background in Religious Studies and professional experience in non-profit leadership to TBH as Director of Operations & Engagement.

She received her Masters Degree in Religion at Yale with a focus on Second Temple Judaism. Her professional background in non-profits includes work in community outreach, marketing, and development. She recently earned a Certificate in Fundraising Management from UW.

Originally from Southern California, Kayla moved to Olympia in 2018 with her husband Andrew (by way of Connecticut and Pullman, WA). Together, they have two young sons, Nathan & Eli.

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Mica Guss, Facility Manager

Shani Banai, Audio Visual Technician

Board and Governance

TBH is governed by a Board of Directors, elected each June 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 held once a month.

2023-2024 TBH Board
Leslie Goldstein, President
David Hanig, Vice President
Gary Schneider, Treasurer
Daniel Farber, Secretary

Board Members At Large
George Chappell
Will Gallin
Melinda Holman
Traci Moran
Anjali Silva
Barbara Soule

Sun, June 16 2024 10 Sivan 5784