Then, Lowell General Hospital, where he had worked for 21 years as director of radiation oncology, merged its radiation group with one at Saints Memorial, also in Lowell. With only one department needed, Goldstein, 56, said his lost out. He learned in August 2012 that his contract had not been renewed.
That began a whirlwind of events. The day after Goldstein was told he was out of a job, he and his 20-year-old son were headed to Israel on a scheduled trip to visit relatives and attend a wedding. He still didn’t intend on moving there. But walking through the airport, he felt a tug. And within 24 hours, he said, he had decided to make the move.
“Within a week, we found out where we were going to live, where our kids were going to school, and I had three job interviews and three job offers,” he said. “I wasn’t going to be angry or bitter or vindictive.”
The couple, who have four children, have adapted well to life in Israel over the past year.
Their newfound home cleared the way for Spieler and Samuels to experience their own adventures in Israel this past summer.
Spieler, who grew up on Wildwood Road, attended Bancroft Elementary and Doherty Middle schools, followed by Phillips Academy and Princeton University in New Jersey before entering the U.S. Marines, where he rose to the rank of captain. Now in his second year of medical school, he said his experience in Israel was invaluable.
“I had a great time,” he said. “The research was amazing, we were using cutting-edge technology. It was a great opportunity.”
Spieler said it was a surprise to learn Samuels would also be studying in the same program.
The two medical students met as youngsters at Rabbi Asher Bronstein’s Andover synagogue, Chabad Lubavitch of Merrimack Valley on North Main Street. They also shared another connection — both their parents are also doctors.