Mark L. Goldstein, z"l

Mark L. Goldstein, who served as executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley for 16 years, passed away on Oct. 11, 2018. He was 60 years old.


The son of a Holocaust survivor, Mark committed his entire professional career to Jewish communal service and his life to Jewish causes.


Mark came to the Lehigh Valley in 2002 after a nine-year term as Executive Vice President of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. 


"Goldstein, at nearly 6'3", is a big man with big picture thinking," HAKOL reported at the time. "With his vast and long-term experience in the Jewish communal world, he has the perspective and ability to see the importance of promoting and developing partnerships that build, strengthen and bring a community together."


Mark worked tirelessly for 16 years to bring the Lehigh Valley Jewish community together, to raise money, to strengthen programs and to build relationships. He was a committed member of Temple Beth El and a committed supporter of the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Day School, Jewish Family Service, Jewish summer camps and all local synagogues. One of his greatest passions was leading the community on missions to Israel. His leadership has had a lasting impact on the past, present and future of our community.


Mark is survived by his wife of 34 years, Shari Spark, and his beloved children, daughter Carlyn, and her husband Jason, and son Ezra. He is remembered by the hundreds of colleagues, community members, students and friends whose lives he touched, and everyone who had the opportunity to share in his stories and his wisdom.