Sara Goodman, Community and Religious Leader

Sara Goodman was born in Chicago and has lived in the Chicago area her entire life. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, with a minor in Art, from Northeastern Illinois University.

Sara grew up at Congregation Emanuel in Chicago and spent eleven summers at the URJ's Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute summer camp. She also spent eight summers in Israel as the Art and Music Director of Shorashim, a travel and camp experience for American and Israeli high-school aged youth. Sara taught middle school Hebrew and Jewish music at Chicago Jewish day school for 11 years, and spend 15 wonderful summers leading prayer and music at the Ramah Day Camp in Chicago. 

Sara began her leadership  experience at Congregation Hakafa in 1988, teaching Hebrew through music, art and games. Since then, she has taught Hebrew across the grade levels and developed various creative-based learning curricula that are utilized throughout the school. Sara is passionate about instilling a love of the Hebrew language in her students. She strives to make the Hebrew learning process a creative, fun, and positive experience for the students.

As Music Director of the Congregation Hakafa, Sara taught music and prayer, and helped lead congregational services on Shabbat, holidays, and for many life-cycle events. Sara also privately prepares students to become b'nai mitzva and teaches guitar and Hebrew.  She is currently a rabbinic student with the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute.

Sara lives in Pocatello, Idaho with her husband Dan Meir and has 4 incredible college aged children and 4 more amazing step-children. 

She is excited to work with the Jewish community at Temple Emanuel as our Community and Religious leader.