Deceased Information


    Rabbi Arnold Goodman

    HaRav Aharon Moshe ben Aryeh Leib V’Chana

  • AGE



    Tuesday, February 28, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Tuesday, February 28, 2023





    Shiva will take place at the home of

    Judy and Daniel Goodman

    Shiva gatherings will be held as follows:

    Friday, March 3 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

    Saturday, March 4: After Mincha/Ma'ariv until 9:30 p.m.

    Sunday, March 5: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 2:00-4:00 p.m., and 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. Minyan at 6:15 p.m


    • ❖ Jewish Theological Seminary

    • ❖ Any Jewish educational organization of your choice


    On the seventh of Adar, February 28, at the age of 94 and a half, Rabbi Arnold Goodman passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by the love of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Our father lived a life of infinite blessing and goodness.
    An only child, he became the ancestor of many descendants. He was the beloved husband of Rae Parnes Goodman in a love affair that lasted 70 years. He was the wise, loving father to Ari and Ciporit, Daniel and Judy, Shira and Wes; the incredibly beloved Saba (to his American grandchildren) and Grampa (to his Israeli grandchildren) to Yehuda, David and Amirit, Netanel and Laureen, Renana, Yeshayahu and Adi, Chani and Eilon, Sarah, Joseph and Sara, Hannah and Ari, Nat and Davide, Sam, and Jordana; the loving Saba Raba to his great grandchildren Yarden, Ophir, Orot, Kedem, Caleb, Pnina, Lex, Rachel and Tamar. Our father taught that if you have made it with your own family, you have made it in life; it does not matter what else you do or do not accomplish. He made it.
    Deeply traditional himself, for his fifty years in the American rabbinate, his mission was to create a big tent where all could participate in the Jewish project with equal dignity. He was an early, leading voice for egalitarianism, empowering women to daven, teach, chant Torah and Haftarah, and count in the minyan, before it was commonplace.  He supported LGBTQ plus years before the acronym had been created. At the age of 94, he flew to Italy to perform his first same sex marriage for his grandchildren.
    Our father was deeply convicted, with an incredibly strong core. One year at a family seder he observed that if he were living at the time of the Exodus, and had to leave right away, and could only take one thing with him, the one thing he would take would be his tallit and tefillin, because he could not start his day without davening. And yet, he was deeply nonjudgmental. He loved every person in his life unconditionally on their terms.
    The consummate family man, he served congregations in Chicago, Minneapolis and Atlanta.  He managed to be there for everybody else’s families in the best of times, the worst of times, and all times, while always being there for his own family.
    Somehow, while focused on the welfare of his congregational families, and his own family, he was also a leader of the Conservative movement. For decades he served the Rabbinical Assembly, which he dearly loved, becoming President. He served on the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. He was the author of The Plain Pine Box which inspired families across North America to bury their loved ones consistent with traditional Jewish practice.
    He lived in and loved two homes and two homelands. He loved America and spent his first 74 years in service of a more perfect union. He loved Israel and spent his last 20 years savoring the miracle that after the vulnerability of Jewish history, a reborn people lived in its reborn homeland. It was the capstone of his remarkable life that he spent his last two decades participating in that rebirth.
    Our father used to say decisions are not right or wrong. They are made right. He made his life a thing of truth and beauty for which his many descendants are eternally grateful.  We have the infinite blessing, and responsibility, of being his living legacy.

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  • Sara Beth Zivitz

    Thank you, dear Rabbi Goodman for everything you did for our AA community and for our family. He presided over my bat mitzvah almost exactly 30 years to the day he died. I will never forget his presence, his voice, his wisdom. Amen.

  • Jodi Lewis Lipsitz

    I was blessed to know R. Goodman while working at AA in the early '90s. He was such a kind, compassionate man. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Elaine & Jerry

    Dear Ari and Ciport, Daniel and Judy, Shira and Wes- We grieve with you the loss of the man who enriched our lives and those of our families. What a treasure to have been a friend and member of his congregation. He named, bar and bat mitzvahed, preformed the weddings of two of our children, and buried when that was needed. (His daughter employed our youngest son!) We are more grateful for having him in our lives than words can convey.

  • Cindy and Rick May

    Dear Daniel, Judy, and siblings, We are saddened to hear of the loss of your Dad and our dear Rabbi. He not only married us, but he stepped in the place of both of our fathers at our wedding. He was there for us and our Mom’s at every point of our wedding planning and again took tender care of us at the Naming and Brit ceremonies for our children. We will always be grateful for the wonderful Rabbi and friend he was to us. May his memory be for a blessing to all who were lucky enough to be touched by him.

  • Judy Cooperman

    In the mid 50ties when my friend Sara and I were in our teens, we would walk about a mile every Friday night just to hear Rabbi Goodman’s sermons at Adath in Minneapolis. We were so happy to hear him and have so many wonderful memories of these nights. He was a very special human being. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Judy Bernhardt Glatzer

    Thinking of the Goodman Family at this Difficult time. I live now in Maryland but my family were members of Ahavath Achim for many years: my parents and my husband and our children. May it bring you Comfort knowing, Rabbi Goodman was an excellent example of a “Life Well-Lived.” May he Rest In Peace.

  • Mona & Allen Wolmer

    Dan, Mona and I send our condolences to you and your family for your loss.

  • Marsha (Ingwer) Kasanov

    Dear Children and Family, Rabbi Goodman was my rabbi in Chicago at Rodfei Sholom Or Chodosh from the time I was in kindergarten until I graduated High School. My grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousin were congregants along with my parents, my sister and myself. We all loved him and enjoyed his sermons, his leadership and friendliness. When I found this newspaper picture (attached) of Rabbi Goodman, my mother and 2 other PTO ladies in our synagogue sukkah at my parent's condo many years later, I emailed Rabbi Goodman and told him "I want to take this opportunity to tell you how lucky I have always felt that I had the good fortune to have Rodfei Sholom Or Chodosh as my synagogue growing up. I had the most wonderful Rabbi, Cantor, and Hebrew school education ever! I have been bragging about it ever since!" I remember wonderful Shabbat morning services and watching you as little children enter the sanctuary with your mother all beautifully dressed for Shabbat and most adorable! Please accept my sincere condolences. May Rabbi Goodman's memory be for a blessing.

  • Jennie and Macy Moret

    Dear family of Rabbi Goodman: We will always remember all he did for our congregation; our community and last, but not least, our family, through his sincere interest that everyone connected with Ahavath Achim Synagogue and the entire Jewish community should be proud and actively involved in showing their committment to being Jewish. He and Rae were a couple who encouraged participation in the enjoyment of Jewish rituals and engaged newly married couples to enjoy living a life with Judaism. We have pictures of him conducting baby naming and blessings at Bris celebrations for our family that gave these memorable events extra special meaning. His weekends of learning when he would visit Atlanta, as he and Rae retired in Israel, were uplifting and a sign of his enduring respect and love of the Atlanta Jewish community and Ahavath Achim. May all wonderful memories of life with Rabbi Goodman and Rae help the family through this difficult time.

  • Martha Jo and Jerry Katz

    Dear Judy, Daniel and family. Sending deepest sympathy and love. May memories in heart bring comfort to the soul. Thinking of you!



  • Rabbi Pamela Gottfried & family

    Rabbi & Rae were wonderful to our family when we moved here, and Rabbi Goodman was a supportive and faithful mentor and colleague to me in my early years in Atlanta, especially while working with him at the A.A. Synagogue. His legacy and memory will always be a blessing.

  • Doris & Marty Goldstein

    We were personal friends as well as Congregants We admired his intellect as well as his ability to express his ideas effective sermons. Most enjoyed our motzi Shabbat movie dates and discussions that followed. Rest in peace after a life of accomplishment.

  • Judy (Cohen) and Mark Libman

    We wrote to Rabbi Goodman just last week...I'd be happy to forward the note to you. He was instrumental in our meeting back in 1969, he married us, and 52 years later we wanted to have him share in our little anniversary simcha. He was such an influential presence in my life, from my high school days back in Minneapolis. Many memories... Sending you and the whole family our condolences. We share in your sorrow but also in the memories of a life so truly well lived.

  • Miriam Strickman Levitas

    Dear Daniel, Judy and Family, Our Heartfelt Condolences go out to all of you on the passing of our esteemed Rabbi and the Patriarch of your Outstanding Family. His book, “Ma Nishma from Jerusalem”, and his memory, will continue to inspire us … ad infinitum.

  • Rabbi Donald and Marilyn Tam

    Rabbi Goodman had a central positive effect on every community, organization, and synagogue in which he served. He was a rabbi of rabbis, always kind and gracious to me professionally, a respected colleague, personally. He was one of the most influential rabbis in the United States during his active years, a gifted pulpit rabbi. Those of us who have had the privilege of having his acquaintance, will miss his advice, opinions, and impressive scholarship. To his loved ones we send our sincere condolences on his passing. May the Holy One comfort you along with all who mourn in Zion and Jerusalem.

  • Louise and Bob Gerber

    Rabbi Goodman was an inspiring force in our family's life during our years at AA.

  • Lynn B Friedman

    May he rest in peace. With affection, Lynn

  • Alvin Sugarman

    Daniel, I was blessed to have your dad as a cherished colleague and friend. Barbara joins me in sending our condolences to you and all your family. May your father’s memory ever endure as the blessing he was…

  • Fred and Rita Chaiken

    Danny and family: Our deepest condolences on the passing of your incredible father. Though we did not know him well personally, he was such a thoughtful and caring person. Every time we would go to AA for Shabbat services, he gave the most erudite and meaningful sermons. We know he will be greatly missed.

  • Larry and Stella Gordon and Betty Ann Shusterman

    We mourn the family loss but celebrate the life of Rabbi Goodman. I will always cherish those Sunday morning runs from his home near the synagogue. A great and caring man.

  • Holly H. Strelzik

    Dan and family, sending heartfelt condolences to you. How fortunate you were to have him in your lives for so long. Holly and Steven Strelzik

  • Amy and Robert Arogeti

    Rabbi Goodman was everything and more to so many people… a true mensch and tzedek. May his memory bring love to your soul and a smile to your face.

  • Philip D. Wendkos

    He was a man to be admired and looked up to. Yehi Shemo Baruch

  • Jennie Kaufman

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He was very special to our family. He married me & my late husband Bruce. He did our babies naming. Bruce always said that no one gave a sermon like Rabbi Goodman. He was such a caring person he even called me from Israel when Bruce went into hospice. That meant so much to me. May his memory be a blessing

  • Neil Rubin

    I have fond memories of Rav Goodman when I was both a congregant and editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times in the 1990s. His intellect and presence always struck me from the moment we meant. I used to tell him he was "darshan ha'darshanim" -- the sermon giver of sermon givers. May the family be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

  • Bette Selfridge

    We are so sorry and send heartfelt condolences! Your Father and Mother were such wonderful people! We were happy to have been part of his congregation. Again, so sorry!

  • Rise Arkin

    Your father and mother welcomed my family first in Minneapolis and then when we moved to Atlanta. Rabbi Goodman was there with guidance and support through good times and tough times. He and your mom will always hold a special place in my heart. I am so sorry for your loss.