A LEADER OF OUR JEWISH FUTURE: Seth Goldberg

By Barbara Sheklin Davis

Growing up in Livingston, NJ, Seth Goldberg was a self-defined “sports nerd.” He wanted to play professional sports, but quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen. Because his parents both worked in television, he was always surrounded by TV and media, and by the time he was ready for college, he had decided to become a sports broadcaster. He was drawn to Syracuse University because “that’s where the best people have gone,” and there he was able to realize his professional goals.

During his sophomore, junior and senior years, Goldberg was heard on WAER and Z89. He shared his sports knowledge during the first season of “Sports Jeopardy!” He currently works as a sports talk radio host and play-by-play announcer. He is the co-host of “Orange Nation” noon-2 pm weekdays on ESPN Radio Syracuse, as well as “Yankees On Deck,” and SU pre- and post-game during football and basketball seasons. He is also the play-by-play voice for ESPN Syracuse’s high school football and basketball coverage.

Goldberg was president of the Greater Jersey Hudson River BBYO region during his senior year of high school. BBYO is a leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. He believes that his Jewish education, bar mitzvah and confirmation had important effects on his life; so it was only natural that, after graduating from Syracuse in 2016, he would become involved in the Syracuse Jewish community. “I was looking for new people to meet and to get a little more involved in the larger community,” Goldberg said, and so he joined the Federation’s Young Leadership group.

Goldberg finds the Syracuse Jewish community “small, but strong and warm,” adding that “I’ve found that everyone is friendly and has welcomed me.” He thinks that “there is probably room to grow, people who aren’t involved in the Jewish community in any way,” recognizing that “that’s probably the case everywhere.” Goldberg also has a seat on the Federation Board of Directors as chair of young leadership.

By actively involving himself in young leadership, Goldberg has taken the first steps toward strengthening and growing the Jewish community of Central New York. The local Federation’s Young Leadership program is a part of a national community of smart, philanthropic and well-networked 20-, 30- and 40-somethings who gather at social events, volunteer together to make their hometown a better place, and even travel together to far-flung places to help those in need. Others in the Central New York area who fit this demographic and who want to join in this important forward-thinking effort are encouraged to contact the Federation’s CEO, Michael Balanoff, at mbalanoff@jewishfederationcny.org.