Rabbi Elyse Goldstein is the visionary spiritual leader of The City Shul.
Rabbi Goldstein is known throughout Canada as an outstanding educator. She founded Kolel: The Adult Centre for Liberal Jewish Learning in 1991; she was its director and principle teacher for 20 years. In 2005 she was awarded “North America’s highest honor for Jewish Education, The Covenant Award for Outstanding Educators”.
She is the first woman to be elected as president of the interdenominational Toronto Board of Rabbis and is the past president of the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto. She has been a guest lecturer at universities and Jewish and Christian organizations throughout North America, Israel, and Great Britain. She is on the Board of Access Education, helping to build schools in rural communities in Guatemala. She is also serving as a volunteer Rabbi for the Reform Jewish Community in Guatemala city.