By Nicole Schoen
Shoresh David is a congregation that invites Jews and gentiles to worship together in unity. Founded in 1999 by Rabbi Steve Weiler, the Tampa location was the first of now four locations including Lakeland which was established in 2004, Wesley Chapel in 2006 and Brandon in April 2012. Rabbi Don and Jackie Goldstein began the Brandon location and South Brandon Worship Center at 4929 Bell Shoals Rd. after overcoming major health issues and accepting God’s purpose for their lives.
“I think one of the most important things I want people to know about our services is that they are fun and people never hear that from anyone in a church or ministry,” said Don.
Originally from Pennsylvania and now Valrico residents, the Goldsteins had been friends with the Weilers when Steve was the principal at Chalutzim Academy Hebrew day school in Philadelphia, where Jackie was a teacher and Don did handyman work. Steve said he was called by God to Tampa to be a rabbi. It wasn’t long until the Lord told Don to move down to Florida to help Steve in 1998.
Steve and several other people mentioned several times to Don that he should become a rabbi, but Don didn’t want to be a rabbi; he was more comfortable behind the scenes. After a massive heart attack and two strokes in 2001 and then overcoming leukemia a few years later, Don has a miraculous testimony of how God preserved him for a special purpose when doctors were telling him he wouldn’t make it through the night.
After creating a natural remedy to clean out his body and applying teachings from Andrew Wommack’s ministry, Don was restored to perfect health. He was angry that he was robbed of his health for so long and was determined to spread the good news to as many people as possible. Soon thereafter, he felt God confirmed he was to be a rabbi, so Don obediently accepted the task and was ordained in 2012.
Oftentimes, Don uses visuals and includes the congregation in interactive lessons to help get his point across. Don’s simplified way of teaching makes it easy to understand each message. Services are now live-streamed and sent out in e-mails for individuals to read and forward to others.
Services are held Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. and the first Friday of the month Don has a healing service which continues to bring powerful testimonies from those who attend and even from those who read his messages through e-mails. For more information, visit www.shoreshdavid.org or call 699-4155.