Rabbi Isaama Goldstein-Stoll comes to Slifka as a recent ordainee of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Isaama received BA in Religious Studies from Carleton College before pursuing an MA in Hebrew Letters and Smicha from HUC-JIR.
Isaama has been shaped by the Reform movement in many ways: from transformative experiences in NFTY and at URJ Camp Harlam to her studies at HUC-JIR. However, in recent years Isaama has served as a student rabbi and rabbinic intern not only in Reform but also in Conservative and Humanistic congregations.
In addition to her congregational work, Isaama has provided pastoral services in a variety of Jewish social service settings. These experiences have included assisting individuals involved in all aspects of adoptions, as well as offering counseling and religious programming for clients of the Jewish Family Services Vital Support Center and Food Pantry. While in Cincinnati, Isaama also completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education by serving as a chaplain in the ICU and on the palliative care team at Cincinnati’s Jewish Hospital.
Isaama brings to Slifka her commitment to liberal Judaism and her pastoral experience. Additionally, Isaama has always been motivated by a deep commitment to diversity. Through her work at Be’chol Lashon, an organization dedicated to serving Jews of Color, Isaama has served as an advocate around issues of Jewish diversity. She is excited to help Slifka continue to become an inclusive environment where Jews of all identities feel included and affirmed in their diversity.
Isaama and her spouse Sara are excited to make New Haven their new home and to join Yale’s Jewish community!