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Ramat Shalom Synagogue was founded in 1976 and remains a vibrant, growing, innovative Jewish community in the heart of Broward County.

One of the oldest synagogue in Broward County, Ramat Shalom, was founded as a small, Jewish discussion group that met in members’ homes. The group quickly grew into a synagogue with many members, a rabbi, a building, a preschool and a religious school. Despite its increase in size, the congregation has never lost the small, intimate feeling that characterized Ramat Shalom from the outset. We pride ourselves on being a warm, inclusive community made up of a diverse group of individuals and families who truly care for, celebrate and grow with each other.

We invite you to make Ramat Shalom your Jewish home.

Everyone asks, is Ramat Shalom Conservative, Reform, Orthodox? Well. We’re not a fan of labels. They’re limiting and exclusive – everything we’re not. This being said, Ramat Shalom was founded almost 50 years ago as a Reconstructionist Synagogue. Reconstructionism is the younger sister of Conservative Judaism. While we remain committed to the values Reconstructionism, mainly the idea that Judaism ability to thrive is grounded in its ability to evolve in meaningful and relevant ways, Ramat Shalom disaffiliated from the Reconstructionist Movement several years ago.

Rabbi Andrew Jacobs was ordained at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and earned a master’s degree at the Jewish Theological Seminary which is afilliated with the Conservative Movement. His wife, Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs is Conservative rabbi.

Cantor Debbie Hafetz was mentored within the Conservative Movement and has worked extensively within the Reform Movement. Additionally, she was a close friend and student of Debbie Friedman z”l in whose memory the Reform Movement named their Cantorial School.

Today, instead of affiliating with a specific movement, Ramat Shalom embraces the tradition of the Conservative Movement, the emphasis the Reconstructionist Movement places on studying our past in order to create a meaningful future, and the creativity of the Reform Movement. Together, Rabbi Andrew and Cantor Debbie create a spiritual home that is uniquely Ramat Shalom and welcoming to all. Please come and experience us!

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