New Jersey native to be one of 12 beaconlighters at Israeli Independence Day
NEW YORK – Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, salutes Barbara Goldstein, deputy director of the Hadassah Office in Israel, for being named by an Israeli Independence Day committee to serve as one of 12 people to light a beacon of hope at Israel’s Independence Day ceremony. Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, will be celebrated on Monday, May 9 this year.
Goldstein, deputy executive director of Hadassah’s Office in Israel, will light the beacon as part of Hadassah’s yearlong celebration of its centennial. Hadassah’s Centennial Convention will be held in Jerusalem in October 2012. Goldstein was born in Jersey City and also lived in Metuchen and Camden before moving to Israel 13 years ago. She now lives in Jerusalem.
Hadassah National President Nancy Falchuk released the following statement:
“Barbara Goldstein is feisty, witty, unpredictable, and devoted, all at once. No one is a more committed Zionist, a better friend, a more eloquent voice for the Jewish people. She’s the ultimate personification of Hadassah.”
A former Hadassah volunteer, Goldstein was a member of the national board and the executive committee and was national vice president of Hadassah. A past national president of Junior Hadassah, she chaired Youth Aliyah, two national conventions, and the departments of Hadassah Travel and Tourism, Jewish Education, Programming, Aliyah and Soviet Jewry. She is a past president of the Southern New Jersey Region.
In 1973-74, Goldstein lived in Jerusalem for a year with her family during the Yom Kippur war. She served as a volunteer in the public relations department of the Medical Center, where she worked with wounded soldiers, reporters, congressmen, and other dignitaries, and acted as their escort through Kiryat Hadassah.
Goldstein was a member of the Cabinet of the American Zionist Movement and served as a Commissioner on the Joint Authority for Jewish and Zionist Education. She also served as a delegate at four World Zionist Congresses in Jerusalem. Today in Israel, Goldstein represents Hadassah on the boards of Hadassah Neurim and Meir Shfeyah, Ramat Hadassah, Keren Kayemet and the Prime Minister’s special committee on the Legacy of Theodor Herzl.
Goldstein is the widow of Hazzan Mordechai Goldstein who served Neve Shalom in Metuchen for 25 years. She has five grandchildren, one of whom, Tal Mushkin, is now serving in the Israel Defense Forces.
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