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Rabbinic Studies Program
A rabbinic training program
Ellen Beth Goldsmith
1958 - 2017
MJTI mourns the loss of a colleague, a partner in the work and a good friend.
Ellen will be remembered as passionate and humorous.
She wants us to go on with our lives, as she goes on with her life in God.
Ellen was bright and devoted to mental and relational health.
She said that knowledge of one’s mortality should result in greater intentionality in how we live.
In her teenage years she struggled because nothing was enough. But God filled the emptiness.
She sought to help other people discover God’s sufficiency. She intentionally did not stop working (as a therapist) when she was sick, so that she could help others discover the sufficiency of God. Whether well, or sick, in her office, or cruising on the ocean, her life was about the same passion.
Whether you were a friend or a client, you got the same Dr. Ellen love and care.
In her 20s she discovered Yeshua. Ellen insisted that Yeshua is not to be considered the exit from intentional engagement with the richness of Jewish life, which she never stopped craving and valuing.
Ellen invested her life in relieving suffering, and as we all know, knew suffering first hand, especially toward the end. Suffering made sense to Ellen, and it helped to illumine the final dark path she was obliged to walk with her trembling hand in the strong hand of God.
And so we are reminded of what is said of Yeshua and his suffering, something which foreshadowed what Ellen went through in our presence these last days. She found strength and invites you to do the same through this deep truth coming from the Bible that she loved and studied until the binding wore off:
Ellen certainly was full of adrenaline. We can all attest to how hard it was to keep up with her. And now she has finished her race and is basking in a new adventure at God’s finish line.
She invites us to follow Yeshua who like Ellen, never lost sight of where He was headed.
Well done, Ellen. We will always love you.
The LORD gave and the LORD took away. Blessed be the Name of the LORD.
*Adapted from Rabbi Stuart Dauermann's eulogy delivered at Ellen's funeral January 8, 2017
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