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Meet Our Staff

Rabbi Andrew Jacobs

Rabbi Andrew has been the spiritual leader of Ramat Shalom for two decades. “As soon as you meet him,” says one of his students, “you just know that he loves to teach.” Rabbi Andrew’s adult education classes make Judaism come to life. His discussions with children and teens are dynamic. He incorporates learning into services and holiday celebrations in ways that add to the meaning and spirituality of the moment. On top of this, Rabbi Andrew is an incredibly warm and caring person who goes out of his way to connect with us all. Put simply, once you meet our Rabbi, you’ll want to come to synagogue!

Cantor Jodi Rozental

Her voice will lift you higher, her compassion will touch your soul, and her creativity will inspire you. Our Cantorial Soloist and Director of Music and Culture, Jodi Rozental, is a true gem. It was through the music and her beloved Cantor that Jodi connected to her Judaism. At 14 years of age, she was asked to lead worship services, both Friday nights and Saturday mornings while Cantor Shulkes was away for the summer, for 5 consecutive years until leaving for college. That was the beginning of Jodi’s cantorial training and the beginning of a journey that has led to her becoming a spiritual powerhouse.

Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs, Director of Community Outreach

Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs is committed to making spirituality accessible to all “spiritual seekers”. Having served as a congregational rabbi for many years, Rabbi Cheryl has a great deal of experience connecting with individuals and families. She has also spent much of her career working with those who are not connected with a synagogue. She strongly believes that in the 21st century, anyone who wants to connect to Judaism should have meaningful opportunities to do so.

Marissa Steinberg, Director of Youth and Family Education

Marissa Steinberg is a long-time community member of Ramat Shalom, where she attended Hebrew School, became a Bat Mitzvah and continued her Jewish education until she graduated high school. She attended University of Miami and obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Special Education. Prior to working at Ramat Shalom she was a teacher at Scheck Hillel Community School and a researcher at University of Miami, focusing on students with diverse learning needs. Marissa is excited to bring her passion for education and interpersonal connection to Hebrew School, Youth Group, iServe and the Early Childhood Center.

Lindsay Duggar, Early Childhood Director

Lindsay Duggar is our Early Childhood Director. She grew up in Plantation, graduated from Plantation High School, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her master’s degree in Social Work from the Florida State University. Ms. Lindsay is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds an Advanced Directors Credential in Early Childhood with over 15 years of experience working with children and their families.

Lindsay and her husband Jason’s , love for Ramat Shalom started as parents searching for the best school for their children, Layla and Lincoln. Once she found Ramat Shalom, they knew they had found the most loving and nurturing environment where students excel both socially-emotionally and academically.

Anna Payne, Early Childhood Assistant Director

Anna Payne is our Early Childhood Assistant Director. She holds a bachelors degree in Psychology. She moved to South Florida in 2006 and found Ramat Shalom while searching for the perfect educational foundation for her children, Melia and Kai. She fell in love with Ramat’s nurturing approach to education and dedication to social emotional growth.

Robert Pinkiert, Board President

Robert has been active at Ramat Shalom for many years and has served on our Board of Directors for a decade. He is deeply committed to Ramat Shalom and building a leadership team that reflects who we are as a community, a diverse team that will move us with strength into the future. Robert is a partner at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, P.A. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Nova Southeastern Law School Alumni. Additionally, he has been a member of the Association of Florida Trial Lawyers, and the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association. Robert is married to Jennifer, and has two children, Max and Ava. He is a big Miami Dolphin, Heat and Marlins fan.

Amy Freund, B’nai Mitzvah Tutor

Denis Silva, Maintenance Engineer

Scarleth Valdez, Shabbat Assistant

Jody Schwartz, Office Administrator

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