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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 challenging. 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 Debbie, Cantorial Soloist

Debbie is a powerful voice in American Jewish music. Her incredible ability to incorporate Jewish wisdom and teachings into her music has been inspiring individuals and communities in South Florida and across the country. As a member of Lev Orah, a Jewish musical group, Debbie performed original contemporary Jewish music for audiences across the United States, releasing two CD’s, You Make Me Strong and 100 Blessings. Debbie and her husband, Harold Price, created another Jewish musical group, Ahava, and released a CD, By The Power of You: Inspirations.

Beth Michell, Synagogue Director

Beth Michell is our Director of Torah School and B’nai Mitzvah coordinator at Ramat Shalom. She became a part of the Ramat Shalom family when her daughter was two and attended the Early Childhood Center. Beth holds a degree in Special Education and taught in the public system before joining the Ramat Shalom faculty. For many years, Beth taught in our Early Childhood Center, nurturing the youngest members of our synagogue family.

Prior to becoming our Education Director in 2005, Beth was a teacher in our Torah School. Under her direction and guidance, our Torah School continues to provide our children with a wonderful Jewish education that instills within them a sense of great pride and love for Jewish learning, the Jewish people and our synagogue community. Beth insures that our Torah School faculty, many of whom are long-time members of our community, works to convey a sense of joy and celebration of Judaism, rigor in learning, and openness to questioning.

The learning process focuses on developing an appreciation of Jewish history, customs, beliefs, language, ritual, Hebrew prayer and other teachings through a creative, engaging classroom experience. Beth is a wonderful guide and offers a great deal of support for our community.

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.

Beverly To, Administrative Assistant


Denis Silva, Maintenance Engineer


Scarleth Valdez, Shabbat Assistant


Marissa Steinberg, Youth Director

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