Rabbi Andrew Goodman, former senior rabbi of a congregation in Plattsburgh, N.Y., has been named University of Richmond’s first director of Jewish life and campus rabbi. He joins the staff of the university Chaplaincy immediately.

"Rabbi Goodman will develop a comprehensive program for our students, faculty, and staff which will include a variety of religious, cultural, and social expressions of Jewish life at Richmond," said the Rev. Craig Kocher, university chaplain, in announcing the creation of the position and Goodman's appointment.

"He will also deepen the university's engagement with the wider Jewish community in Richmond and work with our entire Chaplaincy staff to further the diversity of religious voices on campus by creating opportunities for engagement across lines of faith traditions," Kocher said. "He has excellent pastoral and administrative skills and brings a passion for working in a diverse academic community connecting faith, intellect, and social change.”

While serving his New York congregation, Goodman also was adjunct instructor of Judaism at SUNY-Plattsburgh. Previously, he was a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve and a chaplain candidate with the Navy's Chaplain Corps.

Goodman is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion where he received a master’s degree in Hebrew literature and rabbinical ordination.

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