Jason Goldstein has been an Atlantic County resident for many years. Born and raised in Huntingdon Valley, a northeast suburb of Philadelphia, Jason was very philanthropic at a young age volunteering with Beth Sholom Congregation of Elkins Park as part of their youth group and their United Synagogue Youth’s monthly Shabbat visits to the Philadelphia Geriatric Center. During his senior year of high school in 1998, he was awarded the Ruth Elana Elson Youth Leadership Award.
Jason’s leadership skills carried over during his four years at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Jason volunteered at Hillel and was a disc jockey with Ithaca’s internet radio station, 106 VIC as well as 92 WICB. He moved up to being the Promotions Director in 1999 and the Student Station Manager in 2001.
What one might not know about Jason is that he is an avid pro wrestling fan since his grandfather, Bennett, introduced him to the entertainment at the age of seven. In the summer of 2000, Jason served a four-month internship with World Wrestling Entertainment in Stamford, Connecticut working in their community relations and fan relations divisions. He formed many relationships with his associates, many of whom he remains in contact today. In 2002, Jason graduated Ithaca College with a degree in Speech Communication and a minor In Journalism.
His passion for helping people led him to his move to the Jersey Shore in September 2002. He began working as an apprentice at Roth-Goldsteins’ Memorial Chapel in Atlantic City, the shore division of the family’s funeral home, Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphael Sacks of Philadelphia. While serving his apprenticeship, he attended funeral service classes through Mercer County Community College. In May 2004, Jason completed his curriculum in the field, graduating on the Dean’s List. He remains active with the program having served on their Advisory Board since 2008.
In December 2004 and June 2005, Jason earned his licenses in the States of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He became a fourth-generation funeral director of the Goldstein family, following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, Jack, grandfather, Bennett, and father, Bruce. Since then, Jason has been a dedicated and competent funeral director and community member, helping families through their toughest times, while remaining involved in many numerous organizations.
Over the years, Jason has served on numerous boards which have included The Alcove Center, the Young Leaders Division of Jewish Federation, PJ Library, Beron JOAS, and Young Professionals Division of AtlantiCare. In 2012, Jason was honored to be a recipient of Atlantic City Weekly’s Top 40 under 40 for his community achievements.
In 2008, Jason joined the Board of Directors of Seashore Gardens Living Center and has always been a devoted member. He was appointed to the position of Chairman of Board in 2014 until this past January 2017 of which he served during the Home’s Centennial Celebration. In August, 2017, Jason was presented with the Martin H. Klein Leadership Award at the Home's annual Gala for outstanding leadership and dedication to Seashore Gardens.
Nationally, Jason has served on the Membership Advisory Committee for the National Funeral Directors Association, since 2008 has worked on the Board of Directors for the Matthews Charitable Children’s’ Foundation, and was President of Kavod – The Independent Jewish Funeral Chapels from 2006-2013. Today, he remains active with Kavod as the associations’ Executive Director. In 2015, Jason was honored by Selected Independent Funeral Homes as their NextGen Professional of the Year Recipient for his career accomplishments and community involvement for a professional under 50 years of age. In July 2016, Jason was named Manager of Roth-Goldsteins’ Memorial Chapel, ensuring the firms future commitment to the community. In March of 2017, he was elected to the Linwood Board of Education (BOE) for a nine month term. Recently, Jason was re-elected to the BOE in November of 2017 for a full three year term.
Throughout all these accomplishments, he has had one figure apart of it all; his rock and biggest supporter, Jessica. The two met at Ithaca in 2000 as Jessica was working towards her bachelor’s degree and subsequent Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. They were married in June 2005. In 2007, they welcomed Samuel to their family and in 2010, Luke. Now as a family of four, they continue to give back to their community volunteering and thinking of innovative ideas to raise money for local causes. In 2013, Jessica and Jason were honored by Chabad at the Shore as the inaugural recipients of their Young Leadership Award.
Funeral organizations affiliated with:
- Member- National Funeral Directors Association, December 2005 - Present
- Member- New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, December 2004 – Present
- Member - Jewish Funeral Directors of America December 2004-December 2008
- Firm affiliation - Selected Independent Funeral Homes
- Firm affiliation - Kavod –The Independent Jewish Funeral Chapels
- 2017 Martin H. Klein Leadership Award from Seashore Gardens Living Center
- 2015 Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ NextGen Professional of the Year Recipient
- 2013 Chabad at the Shore, Young Leadership Award with wife, Jessica
- 2012 Atlantic City Weekly’s Top 40 under 40 recipient
- Funeral Service Advisory Board, Mercer County Community College, April 2008 – Present
- Committee Member, Community Young Leaders, March 2013 – Present
- Committee Member, AtlantiCare Young Leaders, October 2016 – Present
- Board of Directors, York Children’s Foundation, June 2008 – Present
- Executive Director, Kavod – The Independent Jewish Funeral Chapels, March 2016 – Present
- Economic Development Committee Member, City of Linwood, January 2017 – Present
- Board Member, Linwood Board of Education, March 2017 - Present
- Volunteer Coach, Linwood Street Hockey, 2014- Present
- Chairman of the Board, Seashore Gardens Living Center, January 2014 –January 2017
- Committee Member, Kulp Resident Scholar Weekend at Cong. Beth Judah, 2008 - 2015
- Board of Directors, BERON Jewish Older Adult Services of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, 2008 – 2014
- Board of Directors, Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Their Families 2006-2008, 2011 – April 2014
- Co-Ambassador, PJ Library of Atlantic County, March 2013 – January 2014
- President- Kavod - the Independent Jewish Funeral Chapels, April 2007 – October 2012
- Treasurer, Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Their Families, January 2009 – July 2011
- Membership Resource Advisory Group, NFDA, 2009-2010
- 2008-2009 Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties Community Leadership Enhancement Program (CLEP)
- Co-Chair for Black and White Gala, Seashore Gardens Living Center, October 2014 and 2016
- Triple Co-Chair of Super Sunday for Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, 2009 and 2011
- Co-Chair for Josh Malina speaking engagement, Congregation Beth Judah, August 2013
- Vice Chair , Seashore Gardens Living Center, January 2010 –January 2014
- Treasurer , Seashore Gardens Living Center, January 2009 – January 2010
- Board of Directors , Seashore Gardens Living Center 2008 - 2009
- Executive Board, Jewish Funeral Directors of America 2006-2008
- President, Sigma Phi Sigma, fraternal funeral service organization, Mercer County Community College, 2004
Active member of the following synagogues
- Congregation Beth Israel, Northfield, New Jersey
- Young Israel, Margate, New Jersey
- Chabad of Atlantic City, Ventnor, NJ