Uri Goldstein is the Managing Director of the Overseas Program at Yeshivat Hakotel, where he also teaches classes, and Rav Beit Sefer of Orot Banot school in Beit Shemesh. He also teaches in a number of high schools and seminaries, and has served as scholar in residence and guest speaker at synagogues throughout Israel. Before making Aliyah in July 2016, Uri was Rabbi of Congregation Ahavat Achim in Fair Lawn NJ for ten years, and assistant Rabbi at Park East Synagogue in NYC. Along with his wife, Dr. Julie Yanofsky Goldstein, Uri established and directed the Jewish Learning Initiative (now JLIC) at UCLA. The Goldsteins reside in Beit Shemesh with their five children.
Julie Yanofsky Goldstein is the founder and Rosh Hamidrasha of Amudim, an innovative gap-year program for women in Israel, which fuses traditional Talmud Torah and modern scholarship. Her teaching experience includes NYU, Ma’ayanot High School, JLIC at UCLA, and nearly two decades of Jewish communal and adult education lectures. After completing a joint PhD in medieval history and Judaic Studies at NYU, Julie was a Golda Meir postdoctoral fellow at The Hebrew University and a research fellow at The Global Research Institute at Tel Aviv University. She has received a number of awards for her work on Jewish and Christian conceptualizations of children and childhood in the Middle Ages, including fellowships from Cardozo’s Center for Jewish Law and Civilization and The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.