Rabbi Jonas Goldberg

October 2, 1939May 1, 2019

Rabbi Jonas Goldberg of Swampscott, entered into rest on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the age of 79. Beloved husband of Rachelle “Chelly” (Gilgore) Goldberg. Devoted father of David Goldberg and wife Robyn of Marblehead; Don Goldberg of Salem; Uri Goldberg and wife Mimi of Henderson, NV and the late Avram Goldberg. Grandfather of Sonny Goldberg. The loving brother of Frances Bronstein and husband Rabbi Shalom Bronstein of Jerusalem, Israel. Treasured uncle to his nieces and nephews. Dear son of the late Jacob and Sarah (Levitsky) Goldberg.

Rabbi Goldberg devoted himself to the North Shore Jewish Community for nearly thirty years. He is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Sinai in Marblehead and served as Chaplain for the Marblehead Police Department. Rabbi Goldberg devoted his time to the patients of the North Shore Medical Center and served as Jewish Chaplain. He was also dedicated to Care Dimensions, offering spiritual comfort and guidance during end of life care. Prior to coming to the North Shore, Rabbi Goldberg led congregations in Norwalk, CT, Detroit, MI, and Cinnaminson, NJ. He served as a Chaplain in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Prior to his ordination, he was the Assistant Program Director of Ramah in the Poconos. Rabbi Goldberg devoted his heart and his life to the Jewish Community. A funeral service for Rabbi Goldberg will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Temple Sinai, 1 Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945. Interment will follow at Temple Sinai Memorial Park, Buxton Road, Danvers, MA 01923. Shiva will begin at Temple Sinai following interment on Sunday until 9 PM (Minyan at 6PM). Shiva will continue at the Temple from Monday May 6th through Thursday May 9th from 2-4 PM and 6-9PM (Minyan at 7 PM) and then on Friday May 10th from 2-4PM.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to Temple Sinai, 1 Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945; Chelsea Jewish Lifecare via or Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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  • Temple Sinai
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  • Funeral Service Sunday, May 5, 2019


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Peter Berman

May 17, 2019

One of the great privileges of my life was spending time almost on a daily basis with Rabbi Goldberg during his tenure at Cong. Beth-el in Norwalk, CT. Rabbi Goldberg had all the attributes we hope to find in a Rabbi. He was among the kindest and most consistently caring individuals I’ve ever met. We enjoyed many discussions together with other Congregants that sometimes carried into the kitchen table of the home where Rabbi Goldberg and Shelly lived. Rabbi Goldberg had a very deep knowledge of Judaism in all of its facets that he was always willing to share with us. And had the wonderful facility of not pushing his own views forward always willing to encourage discussion. Even after many years together I never really knew his “politics”. They were kept close to vest. And had an especially deep love for Israel. All told Rabbi Goldberg was a born to be a Rabbi. He was our Rabbi. Forever. And will always be cherished.

Sharon Fradkin

May 6, 2019

My husband Steve I met Jonas and Chelly doing Marriage Encounter weekends together and we maintained a long and caring friendship for many years, tho we have not seen them in a few years. Jonas's warm smile made me feel accepted and appreciated always and he will be missed by many. He and Chelly affected many marriages and their sharing was honest and deep. Rest in Peace, Jonas. You deserve it.

Reuven Rohn

May 5, 2019

Yona, as he was known back then, was one of my counselors at Ramah in the Poconos - 1958 as best as I can recall the date. He was a real mensch of counselor and yet a fun one. Although it is too long ago for me to remember a particular anecdote, I can relate that he was a good counselor, mentor and role model for us campers. Moreover, when my father died, he was kind enough to send an email on Ravsak to inform the Jewish Day School Community of his death - a real act of menschlichite.

Beth Adams

May 4, 2019

Jonas will be missed by so many. He was a true mensch and such a kind and caring person. He went out of his way to make those he encountered feel welcomed. He was always there for people and I had the opportunity to see that first hand when it came to being there for my family. I will miss him dearly and am thinking of Shelly and family at this time and sending hugs and prayers to you all. RIP Jonas. xoxoxo

Alan Fogel

May 3, 2019

Rav Goldberg was my counselor at Camp Ramah Poconos in 1958.
He was more than just our counselor. Jonas or Yona as I recall, was an excellent teacher and was able to focus the attention of 13 year old boys on the essence of Jewish values.
I remember Jonas always having a large clump of keys fastened to his belt.
I remember seeing Jonas talking and walking to his girl friend, Chelly!
Regrettably, I lost contact with Jonas, however, we were re-united as I organized a 1950s Ramah re-union, held in Philadelphia, July 2010. Although Jonas did not attend the re-union, we established a friendship through emails and Facebook postings.
Alan B. Fogel
Avraham a.k.a. "Marmaduke"