Rabbi Elizabeth W. Goldstein, PhD is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University and teaches Hebrew Bible, Judaism, and Hebrew. She completed her rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2001.
Her PhD in Ancient Jewish History focuses on Hebrew Bible and particularly its intersection with Gender Studies. Goldstein completed her doctoral work in 2010 at the University of California at San Diego. She is the author of Impurity and Gender in the Hebrew Bible (Lexington, 2015) and has contributed to several volumes including Jewish Blood: Reality and Metaphor in History, Religion, and Culture (ed. by Mitchell B. Hart, Routledge, 2009), Embroidered Garments: Priests and Gender in Biblical Israel (Ed, by Deborah W. Rooke, Sheffield Phoenix, 2009), and The Torah: A Woman's Commentary (Ed. by Andrea Weiss and Tamara Eskenazi, URJ Press, 2007). She is the co-editor of Music, Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers (with Kimberly Burnham, PhD, Creating Calm NPC, 2014). Her most recent articles are “To See or Not to See: A Call for Consciousness and Cognizance in Jewish, Progressive, and Public Readings of Esther,” in the Journal for Peace and Justice Studies (2015) and “Women and the Purification Offering: What Jacob Milgrom Contributed to the Intersection of Women’s Studies and Biblical Studies” in Current Issues in Priestly and Related Literature: The Legacy of Jacob Milgrom and Beyond (Edited by Roy E. Gane and Ada Taggar-Cohen, 2015).
In addition to her part-time rabbinic work in Spokane at Temple Beth Shalom and her role as rabbinic advisor to the Gonzaga Jewish student group, Goldstein serves the Jewish Community of the Palouse in Moscow, ID. Goldstein is the mother of two sets of twins: Coby and Aviel, Yair and Shaya.