Reuven Goldfarb

poet; essayist; fiction writer; storyteller; literary, social, and cultural critic; journalist; editor; teacher; and spiritual counselor.


Keren HaYesod 128, Artists Quarter, Tzfat 13201, Israel;

Berkeley address (summer only): 2020 Essex Street, Berkeley, CA 94703;

Other contact info:; 04-697-4105

Int’l phone 510-868-0272


Received S’micha from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi as Morenu, Maggid, and Rabbinic Deputy (1993); Master’s Program in Creative Writing, Syracuse University, earned 21 credits (1965-67); A.B., Lafayette College, Honors in English (1965); WUJS Institute, Arad, Israel (1999-2000); Pardes Institute, Jerusalem (Summer 1990); Hartman Institute (Summer, 1979)


Adjunct Professor of English at Merritt College, 1989-1997; Melamed at several Hebrew Schools in the SF Bay Area; workshop leader and facilitator at Aleph Kallah, Ruach HaAretz, and Joys of Jewishing

Literary work

Author of Trains of Thought: Essays, Articles, & Features (AGADA Books, 2007);

Editor of I Knock at Every Door, poems by Dan Trupin (AGADA Books, 1995);

Co-founder and publisher/editor of AGADA, the illustrated Jewish literary magazine (1981-88);

Author of poetry chapbooks, Leather (1970), “To be a Jew…” (1977), and Fourteen Sonnets (1978);

Contributor to literary magazines: The Madisonian, The Marquis, Agada, Galley Sail Review, Oxygen, Exquisite Corpse, The Robert Frost Review, Spitball, The Neo-Victorian/Cochlea, Voices Israel, Poetica, The Healing Muse, Natural Bridge, Arch and Quiver, The Deronda Review, and Blueline;

other periodicals: Voice of the Trees, New Menorah, Tikkun, Pumbedissa, Kol Chevra; newspapers: Lafayette College student weekly, Good Times, The Northern California Jewish Bulletin, The Montclarion, The National Jewish Post and Opinion, The Jewish Star, and The Jerusalem Post;

newsletters: Kaliflower, The Aquarian Minyan Nitzotzot, The Berkeley-Richmond JCC Monthly, The Bay Area Jewish Newsletter, Kol Yakov (Congregation Beth Jacob, Oakland, CA), Or HaDor (Network of Jewish Renewal Communities), Good News (of Moshav Me’or Modi’im); and web sites, including and

Anthologies: The Fine Arts Society Poetry Yearbook, 1964 & 1965 (Lafayette College); Syracuse Voices; Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family; Worlds of Jewish Prayer: A Festschrift in Honor of Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi; Chester H. Jones Foundation National Poetry Competition; Ancient Roots, Radical Practices, and Contemporary Vision: The 25th Anniversary Festschrift of the Aquarian Minyan; View from the Seventh Floor: Arad Arts Project (2000); Voices Israel; and What is Jewish About America’s “Favorite Pastime”? – Essays and Sermons on Jews, Judaism and Baseball, edited by Marc Lee Raphael and Judith Z. Abrams and published by The College of William and Mary Press, 2006 (includes a revised and expanded version of my 1990 essay, “Baseball Kabbalah,” which is also featured on the web sites mentioned above and on this one).


The MacKnight Black Poetry Award (Lafayette College, 1965); Commendation Award from the Chester H. Jones Foundation National Poetry Competition (1998); First Prize, most outstanding poem on Spirituality, Poetica Magazine (2004); Third Place, the Reuben Rose Poetry Competition 2007

Featured reader

Saul’s Delicatessen, the BR/JCC, and Cody’s Books, Berkeley; T’mol Shilshom, Jerusalem; Auerbach Café Gallery and Beirav Shul, Tzfat; ALEPH Kallah, Berkeley (1993); and the ALEPH Kallah Cabaret in Corvallis, WA (2003); Johnstown, PA (2005); and Albuquerque, NM (2007