Sheryl Goldman has been the Executive Director at Temple Beth Am since 1995. Active in both national and local professional organizations, Sheryl earned the coveted FSA (Fellow in Synagogue Administration) from NAASE (North American Association of Synagogue Executives) in early 2005. Currently, Sheryl is on the Executive Board as the Recording Secretary of NAASE, and also serves as Vice President for Southern California's PATA (Professional Association of Temple Administrators).
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Sheryl began her involvement in Conservative Judaism as a young teenager active in USY, serving as her chapter's President and on the Regional Board of EMTZA Region USY. Sheryl is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her A.B. in Psychology and her M.S.W. While an undergraduate student, she visited Israel for the first time with United Jewish Appeal, and went on to chair the College Campus Campaign for UJA. Sheryl moved to Los Angeles in 1981, and immediately joined the Library Minyan of Temple Beth Am (at that time, still a separate organization).
Sheryl is proud to have been the first woman to lead Shabbat morning davening for the Minyan, and continues to participate as shaliach tzibur whenever possible. Sheryl completed the Double Masters Program in Social Work and Jewish Communal Service at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in 1982. As part of that program, she interned at Adat Ari El congregation in North Hollywood, working with the Havurah Program and other youth activities.
Following graduation from H.U.C., Sheryl worked as Assistant Director of Hillel at Valley and Pierce Colleges, and then as a Campaign Associate for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. For most of her six years with Federation, Sheryl staffed the Young Business and Professional Network, led five missions to Israel, biannual conferences in Washington D.C., and organized numerous outreach and educational programs to raise more than $1 million on an annual basis.
Sheryl joined the staff of Kehillat Ma'arav in Santa Monica as their Executive Director in 1993. After two years, she was approached by leadership from Temple Beth Am to apply for their Executive Director position, and was thrilled to be selected for the job. In 2007, Hebrew Union College presented Sheryl with the honorary degree of Doctor of Jewish Communal service, in honor of 25 years of professional dedication to the Jewish Community.
Sheryl is married to Seth Goldman, a Senior Vice President at Countrywide Financial. They have three amazing children - Rina, Ayelet, and Sammy - all of whom are students of the Pressman Academy Day School and look forward to growing up with our congregation.