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Honoree Cindy Goldstein has been president of Mishkon since 2018, leading through turbulent times with strength: a strong hand, strong mind, strong sense of humor, and strong dedication to our community. 

A member of Mishkon since moving to Los Angeles in 1989, in the decades since she has shown her devotion to the shul by serving on many committees and the Board of Directors, as High Holy Days Tzarina for 11 years and a gabbai (Torah reading supervisor) at Shabbat services for a whopping 25 years. 

As membership president, she has provided a steady hand through challenges including, most recently, the global pandemic and the search for and transition to a new rabbi. The congregation esteems her leadership so much that the synagogue bylaws were recently amended, allowing her to serve an upcoming, unprecedented fourth consecutive term as president.

Cindy is from Detroit, one of the largest suppliers of Mishkon members in the United States. She grew up in a family that loved cooking, baking, and eating, and yet, she notes, they were all thin. Her family belonged to a very traditional Conservative congregation, where girls never appeared on the bimah and could aspire only to Sisterhood activities, like food preparation. How far she’s come: Now she gets to do food preparation, appear on the bimah, and lead the entire congregation!

Cindy went to college for 12 years, earning three degrees, none of which she uses in her main job as an administrator at Veterans Affairs. She’s had a number of careers, including newspaper reporter and editor, research director, budget officer, and journalism professor. Recently, she has become an activist and spokesperson for the development of new treatments for Type 1 diabetes. 

She is also devoted to chocolate and can be bribed with small amounts of high-quality bittersweet chocolate. She has attended the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, for a week each summer since she was 10.

She loves hot, humid weather, which she believes is sadly lacking in L.A. However, having lived for many years in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Iowa, she is happy never to move again.


Mishkon is delighted to welcome Rabbi Josh. In the few short months since he joined our community, he has won over the congregation with his knowledge, teaching skills, heimish demeanor, outreach to the community, and musical talents — and occasionally corny jokes. 

Before joining Mishkon, Rabbi Josh served as a rabbi at synagogues in Denver and New York City, but he has deep roots in Los Angeles — and at Mishkon. He’s a native Angeleno, his great-grandparents were founders of Mishkon, his great-grandfather was the first president of Mishkon, and his parents were married at Mishkon!

Rabbi Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cal State Northridge and received his rabbinic ordination at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University), along with master’s degrees in education and rabbinic literature. Additionally, he holds certifications in non-profit business management and Jewish meditation instruction. He has wide experience in education at all levels, non-profit organization, and music, especially guitar. He has also studied and worked in Israel at and taught at Ziegler.

Rabbi Josh’s formal installation ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 13, 2021. In the meantime, please join us as we extend to him yet another warm welcome to our shul family with this gala. 

Thu, June 24 2021 14 Tammuz 5781