About Hayley

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Rabbi Hayley Goldstein grew up outside of Minneapolis, MN and received smicha from the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College in Newton, MA. As the Rabbinic Intern at Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue in Jamaica Plain, MA, Hayley led spirited Friday night and Shabbat Morning services, mid-week “Singing Our Way to Shabbos” workshops, and an ongoing beit midrash “Talmud as Spiritual Practice.” As a SVARA-trained Educator, Hayley is honored to have run several batei midrash in both Israel and the U.S. Her favorite teaching moment is when two hevrutot (study buddies) high five one another in support of their learning. The kind of atmosphere Hayley strives to create: warm and welcoming and at the same time rigorous. Hayley has taught in many different environments to all ages—from the basement of a Brooklyn shul to under the stars in the Rocky Mountains. She has served as a chaplain in a full-service hospital and in a rehabilitation center for the elderly. Her passion lies in shaking up people’s preconceived notions of what Judaism is/was/can be/will be. Through her and her partner’s project Nireh Or, they strive to redefine social media as a place where Torah can and should exist. Hayley’s Rebbes/Teachers include, but are not limited to: Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, the Maiden of Ludmir, Sarah Yehudit Schneider, Rabbi Benay Lappe, Rabbi Art Green, and Brene Brown. She is beyond excited to move to Ithaca to serve as the Base Rabbi at Cornell!