Elizabeth Goldstein, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Rabbi Elizabeth W. Goldstein (Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, 2010) is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. She specializes in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies. She received her rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute...

Portrait of Elizabeth Goldstein, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Rabbi Elizabeth W. Goldstein (Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, 2010) is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. She specializes in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies. She received her rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2001 and is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Association for Jewish Studies.

Her book, "Impurity and Gender in the Hebrew Bible", was published in 2015 and she is currently working on a new book project with the working title, "Becoming Pure: A Jewish Theology for the 21st Century". She has published articles on the priestly writing and gender in "Embroidered Garments" (Sheffield Phoenix, 2009, Ed. Deborah Rooke) and "Jewish Blood: Reality and Metaphor in Jewish History, Religion and Culture" (Routledge, 2009, Ed. Mitchell Hart) as well as contributing to the central commentaries of "The Torah: A Women's Commentary" (Union of Reform Judaism Press, 2008, Eds. Tamara Eskenazi and Andrea Weiss). Goldstein has also served as the Book Review Editor of the CCAR Journal and has taught in a variety of Jewish communal and interfaith contexts.

Before coming to Gonzaga in 2010, Goldstein taught at the University of CA San Diego and at San Diego State University. Presently, she also serves as the spiritual leader of the Jewish Community of the Palouse and works part time in the Spokane Jewish communities.