Rabbi Hillel Goldberg is an American newspaper publisher, Jewish thinker and author. He is editor and publisher of the Intermountain Jewish News in Denver, Colorado, and an ordained rabbi.
Early life and education
Goldberg was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He later reflected on the independent streak of Jews in the West, including Denver, that shaped him. Goldberg began his journalism career as a student at George Washington High School, where he published Tempo magazine with Richard Gould. Tempo was featured in Time.
Goldberg attended University of California Berkeley, where he tutored minority children in music in Oakland, 1964-1965, and wrote on the Free Speech Movement for Frontier magazine. He completed his undergraduate degree at Yeshiva University, where he was a leading student activist, founding the university's chapter of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry in 1965; tutoring for Head Start in Harlem 1965-1966; co-leading the effort to save the books at Jewish Theological Seminary after a fire in 1966; co-organizing the effort to send volunteers to Israel on the eve of the Six Day War in late May and early June 1967; and founding an underground student newspaper, Pulse, in 1968. Goldberg earned a PhD in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. Goldberg is considered an expert on the Musar movement, having published books on Rabbi Israel Salanter and other aspects of the movement.
Goldberg became editor and publisher of the Intermountain Jewish News in 2017. He had previously served as executive editor. His mother Miriam Goldberg and father Max Goldberg published the newspaper before him (Miriam from 1972-2017; Max from 1943-1972). Goldberg’s weekly column “View From Denver” is the longest-running column in Jewish journalism.
Goldberg has worked for the Intermountain Jewish News since 1966. From 1972-1975 he was its Jerusalem correspondent, then from 1975 to 1983 its Israel correspondent. Throughout, he wrote a weekly column, "The View from Jerusalem", for the Intermountain Jewish News, and reviewed books for the Jerusalem Post.
David K. Shipler, The New York Times correspondent in Israel at the time, later wrote of Goldberg in Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land: "I sat over these questions [about the Sabra and Shatila massacres] with my friend Hillel Goldberg, a young lecturer at Hebrew University in Jewish ethics and intellectual history. He was a religious man with a graceful, fine precision of compassion in his reasoning, and our long discussion brought a valuable clarity to my own thinking."
Jewish thought and community life
In addition to his books on Musar, Goldberg has authored English-language books on Jewish transition figures from Eastern Europe and Shabbat, as well as a Hebrew-language book on the Halachot (Jewish laws) of mikveh, the Jewish ritual bath.
- Israel Salanter, text, structure, idea: the ethics and theology of an early psychologist of the unconscious. Ktav. 1982. ISBN 9780870687099. OCLC 7735192.
- The Fire Within. Artscroll Mesorah. 1987. ISBN 9780899065526.
- From Berlin to Slobodka: Jewish Transition Figures from Eastern Europe. Ktav. 1989. ISBN 978-1602801356.
- Illuminating the Generations. Artscroll Mesorah. 1992. ISBN 9780899068695.
- The Unexpected Road: Storied Jewish Lives Around the World. Feldheim. 2013. ISBN 9781598269703.
- Countdown to Shabbos. Menucha Press. 2018. ISBN 978-1614656784.
- Landa, Saul H. (2011). A Timeless People. Geffen. pp. 365–366. ISBN 978-9652294869.
- "Rabbi Hillel Goldberg, PhD - IJN | Intermountain Jewish News". IJN | Intermountain Jewish News. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
- "Magazines: For & By Teen-Agers". Time magazine. 84 (1). July 3, 1964. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
- "The "Free Speech" Crises at Berkeley, 1964-1965". Online Archive of California. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
- "A Brief History of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry" (PDF). Russian Speaking Community Council. October 19, 2011. Retrieved 26 Oct 2018.
- Goldberg, Hillel (May 20, 2005). "1966: The library burns down...an opportunity". Intermountain Jewish News.
- Goldberg, Hillel (May 13, 2005). "I.T. and I Rode the Crest in 1967". Intermountain Jewish News. Retrieved 26 Oct 2018.
- Goldberg, Hillel (Spring 2017). "I.T. and I Rode the Crest in 1967". Jewish Action. Retrieved 26 Oct 2018.
- Gottlieb, Rabbi Mel (Spring 2016). "Two Voices". Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals. Retrieved 26 Oct 2018.
- "Rabbinical Council of America (RCA)". www.rabbis.org. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
- "Miriam H. Goldberg, IJN Editor and Publisher, dies at 100 - IJN | Intermountain Jewish News". IJN | Intermountain Jewish News. 2017-01-12. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
- yongli (2016-08-15). "Max Goldberg". coloradoencyclopedia.org. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
- Kobre, Eytan (April 5, 2017). "Beyond nails in a grocery store". Mishpacha magazine (655). Retrieved 26 October 2018.
- Numerous editions of the Jerusalem Post, including but not limited to July 5, 1985; Oct. 15 1982; Aug. 21, 1981; April 1, 1983.
- Shipler, David K. (1986). Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land. Times Books. pp. 351-352. ISBN 0-8129-1273-X.
- "Rabbi Hillel Goldberg Finishes His New Book On The Vilna Gaon's Thoughts On The Mikveh | Luke Ford". lukeford.net. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
- Goldberg, Hillel (2013). The Unexpected Road. Philipp Feldheim. pp. Chapter 16. ISBN 9781598269703.
- Goldberg, Hillel Goldberg (Spring 1989). "Santa Fe: An Unprecedented Orthodox (and Reform) Jewish Saga". Jewish Action.
- Staff page, Intermountain Jewish News website; accessed August 13, 2020.
- Amazon author page, accessed August 13, 2020.
- An Incredible Life of Torah, Mussar & Newspaper Publishing: A conversation with Rabbi Hillel Goldberg; Ami Magazine, July 8, 2020; accessed August 13, 2020.