Meet Beth Goldsmith

40 Year Associated Journey

From Baltimore to Aspen and back, Beth Goldsmith may have left Baltimore, but The Associated never left her heart.

For close to 40 years, taking care of the Jewish community has been a driving force in her philanthropic efforts. And next month, as she begins two years as Chair of Philanthropic Planning and Services (PPS), she will bring the same passion and drive she had when soliciting $18 gifts as the Pacesetter Campaign Chair to inspiring others to plan their giving wisely and leave a legacy.

Beth and The Associated

Beth’s Associated journey began in 1978 when she was invited to join the Young Women’s Leadership Council. At the time, she was working as a teacher.

“I remember all the meetings were held during the day. I would call in sick one day a month, because I really wanted to attend,” she recalls.

As Beth’s involvement and commitment to The Associated grew, she took on more and more challenges. She became Super Phone Chair (now Super Sunday) and in 1986 served as Women’s Campaign Chair.

In 1987, she moved to Aspen with her husband, Harold. Although she was not able to continue her volunteer efforts in Baltimore, she maintained her financial commitment to our campaign, and joined the Board of UJA Aspen Valley. Harold died tragically in 1991. Beth continued to live in Aspen for 15 years; then returned to Baltimore in 2006. She immediately jumped in, volunteering with The Associated, traveling on missions (she served as co-chair of the Israel and Overseas Committee) and serving as Annual Campaign Chair in 2012.

But in some ways, she says, it was seeing the headline on her husband’s obituary in The Baltimore Sun – “Philanthropist Goldsmith Dies…” that solidified her tireless efforts to give back.

“When I saw that headline in The Sun after Harold died, I knew he would be so proud to know that out of all the things he had done, ‘philanthropist’ would be his legacy,” she says. “We all won’t have a headline, but we all want to be proud of the legacy we leave.”

As she begins her work for PPS, Beth has lofty goals. She would love to see everyone in the Jewish community who can leave at least something in their will for The Associated. She wants to impart the message that if you care about the community’s Jewish future, you should consider planning a legacy with the PPS department. Because, she says, you cannot always depend upon those you leave behind to share your goals.

“Being Jewish is very important to me. I treasure my heritage. Every time I travel to Israel, I feel like I’m born anew. When I participate on missions to other Jewish communities around the world, through JFNA, I am so empowered by events like sitting down in China and having Shabbos dinner with 500 families,” she says.

And, she adds, “If you care at all about being Jewish, then The Associated is the obvious choice for giving back. It’s the core of our survival. Legacies and family funds and foundations will help ensure our survival for generations.”

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