Marc Goldin

Making weekly announcements at Shabbat services is one of the routine duties of a synagogue president. While Marc Goldin hasn’t done that in person since last March, his poise and leadership at Congregation B’nai Israel in Tustin have been palpably evident.
    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Goldin prioritized ensuring member safety while the synagogue’s staff shifted their array of stimulating educational and religious programs to a virtual format. He created a COVID-19 advisory task force but credits  Rabbi Spitz, Amy Robinson Katz and Carl Cedar for creating inspiring web-based services and learning opportunities.
    Goldin also increased his outreach program in which board members routinely contacted Congregation B’nai Israel families to ensure their well-being and took steps to support the preschool during the shutdown.
    As his two-year term comes to a close, CBI will be honoring and thanking him at a virtual gala celebration on Sunday, March 14.
    The Goldins joined CBI in 2008 and Marc was soon recruited for the finance committee. The Goldins were looking for a conservative synagogue, had friends at CBI, and felt at home. Goldin has been on the synagogue board for over 10 years and participates in CBI’s Men’s Club and serves on the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County’s investment committee.
    He follows his family’s tradition of involvement, as his grandfather was president of his synagogue and both his grandmother and mother were involved in Hadassah.
    A Staten Island, New York, native, Goldin worked on weekends at his family’s bowling alley when he was in high school. His paternal grandfather had started the business and his father inherited it and transitioned to running it after being an Industrial Arts teacher.
    Goldin’s maternal grandfather was an attorney and influenced him to follow that path; Marc earned both a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and a law degree at Ohio State University.
    He was living in an apartment near the university during his second year of law school when three undergraduates moved in across the hall. One of them, Alyssa, was the daughter of Rabbi Sidney Zimelman of Schenectady, New York. Marc and Alyssa were married in 1988 and moved to New York City.
    Marc was working for Deloitte on the 101st floor of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center, and Alyssa was teaching at a co-op nursery when they took a vacation to Southern California. Liking it so much, Marc enrolled in University of San Diego’s Master’s of Law in Taxation program and both got jobs in San Diego, moving west within a year.
    As a JD/LLM/CPA, Marc next started working at an Irvine law firm regarding tax and legal matters for John Crean, founder of Fleetwood Motor Homes and a major Orange County philanthropist. Marc later left the firm to manage the family office for John and Donna Crean and their charitable foundation dedicated to supporting education and health and social services for children.
    Today, Marc serves as the Chief Financial Officer of The Crean Foundation and is an in-house attorney handling real estate, tax and corporate law for Glidewell Dental Labs in Irvine. 
    The Goldins have three daughters: Heather, 26, a graduate of Boston University, is a Communications Associate for American Honda Motor Company and just celebrated her first anniversary married to Josh Epstein, having met in United Youth Synagogue; Lauren, 22, is finishing the nursing program at Penn State; and Jamie, 18, is a senior at Sage Hill School, is applying to colleges and likely to study political science.
    With calm diligence and warmth, Goldin has continuously contributed to the community, showing that he wants the best for everyone. In appreciation for his steady leadership and years of guidance, the congregation will honor him at a virtual gala celebration themed “Viva la Vida – Live the Life” on Sunday, March 14. Community members are welcome. Visit to sign up as a sponsor or for more information.


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