Rabbi Jordan Goldson or "Rabbi Jordan” as he is known, assumed his role as spiritual leader of Congregation B'nai Israel in 2009. Rabbi Jordan's spirituality and his gentle caring manner have endeared him to our community in a very short time. His wonderfully rich and melodic voice enlivens our services with song. In addition to leading services, Rabbi Jordan is a strong presence in almost every aspect of congregational life. He teaches both children and adults, meets with bar and bat mitzvah students and their families during the months leading up to the service, participates on committees, counsels and conducts life-cycle events. Rabbi Jordan is also active in the wider community and is a frequent speaker at events in Baton Rouge and beyond.
Rabbi Jordan was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After earning a B.A. in Philosophy from Tulane University in 1981, he began his studies for the Rabbinate at the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion. He studied in Jerusalem, in Los Angeles and in New York where he was ordained in 1987. Rabbi Goldson's first pulpit was in Calgary, Canada where he served for 12 years. During that time he served as the President of the Canadian Region of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Chairman of the Calgary Rabbinical Council.
In 1999, Rabbi Jordan and his wife, Rebecca, and their two children pursued a life-long dream and made aliyah to Israel. Unfortunately, due to family circumstances, they returned to the United States a year later to settle near their family in Los Angeles. There, he served as the Executive Director of the Hillel-Jewish Student Center at Cal State Northridge (CSUN) from 2000-2004. Rabbi Jordan returned to the pulpit and served for five years as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Kol Ami in Scottsdale, Arizona. He and Rebecca are thrilled to now be in Baton Rouge and to be a part of this special congregation.