Rabbi Ira Goldberg became the IJC’s Rabbi in January 2015. He divides his time between Brussels and The Hague where he works as Strategic Planning Coordinator for the International Criminal Court.
Ira was ordained by the Levisson Institute in the Netherlands. American by birth, Ira moved to the Netherlands ten years ago with his wife Max Marcus and their three children, Yirgalem, Ronit and Saraf. He has been active in Dutch Jewish life and specifically with the Liberal Jewish Community of Amsterdam where he served as Associate Rabbi.
One of Ira’s lifelong aspirations has been to become a rabbi. The Judaism that he espouses is compassionate and pragmatic, pluralist, egalitarian, and concerned with real human beings living in a real, complex, challenging and often difficult world.
Ira earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Politics and History at Brandeis University in 1991 and a Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management at Columbia University and a Master of Arts in Judaic Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, both in New York City and both in 2002. He has travelled extensively and worked for various Jewish and non-Jewish organizations in the US, India, Hungary, Sierra Leone and numerous other countries in Africa.
Ira is honoured to serve the IJC as its rabbi. His entire family is proud to be part of our community and looking forward to sharing and growing together.