Greetings and salutations! Welcome to Based in Ann Arbor, home to Rabbi Joel Goldstein and a place (sometimes physically, sometimes metaphorically) to help you craft your Jewish life.

I believe that a Jewish life involves walking a unique, individualized path, but also having shared, communal experiences at the intersections of several different paths. My hope is that through one-on-one conversations, learning Torah, Shabbat and holiday meals, chesed projects, and get-togethers whose only purpose is to have fun, I can help be a resource for you on those paths and those intersections. 

As for me, I'm a Rabbi who was once an aerospace engineer. Now I spend part of my time teaching Talmud and Jewish law to people around the world. While I'm a California native, I married into a Michigan family and I like to think of this state as my adopted home (although not the sports teams). I recently returned to Ann Arbor with my wife, Rachel, and our two kids, Yahra and Gedalia. We look forward to meeting you and sharing our home and many conversations with you! Feel free to reach out to me at