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Rabbi Goldstein celebrates 75th birthday

Rabbi David Goldstein, Emeritus Rabbi at Touro Synagogue, was honored on the occasion of his 75th birthday with a string of well wishers and numerous platitudes at the synagogue’s social hall on Sunday evening, May 20.

Touro Rabbi Alexis Berk with Shannie and Rabbi Emeritus David Goldstein

Goldstein served Touro Synagogue as rabbi from 1978 through 2005, only the fourth person to serve as a rabbi for the uptown Reform temple that was formed from the earlier 19th Century Dispersed of Judah and Gates of Mercy congregations. With the arrival of Rabbi Andrew Busch in 2005, he became an emeritus rabbi and has remained a close and respected advisor to present Touro Synagogue Rabbi Alexis Berk, who arrived in New Orleans in 2008.

Following a catered dinner, one of the events many co-chairs, Tulane president Scott Cowenpresented Goldstein with a special proclamation from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Another co-chair, Paul Barron, took the opportunity to make a presentation to Goldstein of a special Judah Touro Award, the first time such an award was made.

After several other presentations were made to the rabbi, Goldstein acknowledged the crowd and expressed his thanks and appreciation for the outpouring of love from his congregation. Following the formal presentations, attendees were encouraged to take to the dance floor for a night of general dancing and revelry.

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