By Hank Eder
Ask a lot of Asheville transplants why they settled in this area and many say they were drawn here, or they just knew this was where they belonged. Justin Goldstein, the dynamic new Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel, is one such Asheville transplant.
“Interestingly enough, the first time I ever came here I knew I would live here one day,” Rabbi Goldstein said. “Even as I was starting rabbinical school – and in my early days there, I never actually thought I would work with a congregation – the one place I said I’d be willing to work with a congregation was here. The much shorter answer is that it’s been a home away from home for almost 15 years. My wife’s mother lives here; we were married here, so we have felt connected to Western NC for some time.”