The Neshamah Institute is a collaboration of talented volunteers and faculty dedicated to bringing the highest level of Jewish education to the South Florida community.

Lori Neiberg
Lori Neiberg
Lori Neiberg was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Her childhood was filled with a traditional Jewish upbringing. As a high school senior, she attended the Alexander Muss High School in Israel program. With the completion of the program, she was committed to learn more about Judaism. Lori attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was one of the first people to design a course of study and graduate from Tulane with a degree in Jewish Studies/Education.

Lori has worked as a teacher for the past 30 years at various Jewish schools throughout Chicago and South Florida. In Chicago she headed the Midwest region for recruitment to the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. For the last ten years, Lori has been preparing both youth and adults for becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Broward and Palm Beach County. She has also worked with various synagogues organizing and educating the congregation in becoming skilled and inspiring Torah readers.

Lori is married with three grown sons. She is an active participant in triathlons and currently resides in Parkland, Florida.

Shelley Katz
Shelley Katz
Shelley earned her degree and obtained my masters in Hebrew and Judaic Studies. She then attended the Hebrew Teachers Seminary in South Africa. She and her husband emigrated to the USA in 1995 and she has taught Hebrew & Judaic Studies at David Posnack, B’nai Torah and for the last 13 years at Donna Klein Jewish Academy. Shelley is passionate about instilling a love of Judaism and Jewish history, as well as a love of the Hebrew language, and our rich heritage to her students. Shelley is honored to be a part of the Neshamah Institute where she has been teaching since its beginning in 2010. She loves spending time with her husband and their three beautiful children.
Limor Greenberg
Limor Greenberg
Limor Grinberg was born and raised in Israel. She attended Bar Illan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Jewish Art.

She has taught children and adolescents for six years in Israel as a substitute Hebrew and Jewish art teacher. In 2010, she relocated to Florida with her husband, and completed her Master’s in Social Work at Barry University.

Limor perceives teaching Hebrew and Judaism as a mission. She is excited to be part of Neshamah Institute.

Shlomit Karasik
Shlomit Karasik
Shlomit Karasik is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who her Bachelor’s and Master Degrees from Florida Atlantic University and holds a Specialist Degree in Education with a specialty in Guidance and Counseling.

In 2013, Shlomit joined JFS (Jewish Family Services) to work as a Counseling Outreach Coordinator. Her work includes partnering with The Neshamah Institute in providing services including (but not limited to): case management, counseling, psychiatric services, financial assistance, meals on wheels, food pantry, and various senior services including assistance to holocaust survivors, as well as assistance with rides, companions, and friendly visitors.

Shlomit is also available to consult about specific topics including: divorce and changing families, special needs, eating disorders, domestic violence, senior services, loss and bereavement and much more. The possibility of an in home assessment may be available.

Please feel free to contact Slomit directly at 561-852-3326 or email Shlomitk@ralesjfs.org.

Susan Kronen
Susan Kronen
Susan attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Child Development. In 1989, she moved to Florida with her husband and began teaching at Donna Klein Jewish Academy, which later merged with Zale Early Childhood Preschool. Susan shared her love of children and Judaism by providing her students with a nurturing, exciting Jewish experience.

In 2001, Susan and her husband were blessed with a baby boy. Susan left the classroom at this time and began interviewing and assessing children for entrance into a local private school. There, she helped students PK3 through 12th grade feel more comfortable and secure while working in a testing environment. More recently, Susan’s family celebrated a wonderful event when their son became a Bar Mitzvah. Rabbi Rader guided them through this most joyous and meaningful occasion in their lives. Susan was so inspired that she wanted to go back to her Jewish roots and began teaching at the Neshamah Institute.

She currently prepares students who are studying for their upcoming B’nai Mitzvahs and looks forward to bringing Jewish studies into the lives of the children in our community.

Cantor Paul Offenkrantz
Cantor Paul Offenkrantz
Cantor Paul Offenkrantz recently marked the 25th Anniversary of his ordination from Hebrew Union College where he also earned a Master’s degree in 1989. In recognition of his years of distinguished service to the Jewish Community, HUC honored him with an honorary Doctorate degree in May 2014. A native of Brooklyn, Paul started his professional singing career on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera at the age of nine and appeared in more than twenty productions with the company over the course of five seasons.

Prior to his cantorial studies, Paul earned a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and attended the Yale School of Music as a graduate student. As an ordained spiritual leader, Paul has served congregations in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and West Palm Beach. He is currently serving the needs of the greater community as an independent clergy person for all life-cycle events: “Cantor Paul on Call.”

He lectures regularly on a broad range of cultural topics as part of FAU’s “Lifelong Learning Society” and concertizes extensively. He is happy to be joining the Neshamah “family” to share his passion for Judaism and love of teaching.

Cantor Paul lives in Boynton Beach with his wife Lynda and Yorkie, Rocco.

Cantor Sharon Steinberg
Cantor Sharon Steinberg
Cantor Sharon Steinberg joined the faculty of the Neshamah Institute in January 2015. Prior to that, she served Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria, VA (11 years), Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (2 years) and Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, MD (7 years). At all three temples, in addition to other cantorial duties, she ran the B’nei Mitzvah programs. Cantor Sharon believes strongly in the importance and value of Jewish education and feels it is a privilege to teach our youth.

Cantor Sharon earned her cantorial credential from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Debbie Friedman School of Music. She also holds a masters degree in music from Indiana University and a bachelors degree in music from Ithaca College. Prior to her service to the Jewish community, Cantor Sharon served as a professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Essex Community College, The Baltimore School for the Arts and University of Wisconsin in Green Bay; and she had a successful operatic and concert career, singing all over the world. Highlights of her performance career include a duet recital at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and soprano soloist in a concert of excerpts from La Bohème, in Siena, Italy which was recorded and subsequently shown on Italian National Television.

Cantor Sharon is the proud mother of 3 young men, Rob, Dan and James.

Cantor Anita Schubert
Cantor Anita Schubert
Anita Schubert grew up in Queens and Lynbrook, Long Island. She attended a congregational Hebrew school and community Hebrew high school, as well as taking courses in Hebrew and other Jewish studies in college. She received her bachelors degree in education at the University of Rochester and a masters in nutrition at the University of Maryland.

Anita did most of her cantorial and general music studies in the Washington, D.C. area. Between 1991 and 2015 she served congregations in Maryland, New Jersey, and Evanston, IL, and most recently in Manchester, CT for 14 years. Her scope of work in most of her pulpits included teaching in the Hebrew schools and b’nei mitzvah training as well as adult education.

Anita moved here with her husband in June to be near her father who lives in the area and to avoid snow storms. She is the High Holy Days cantor and choir director at Temple Beth Am in Margate, and the b’nai mitzvah tutor at Congregation Shaarei Kodesh in Boca Raton. She is happy to be part of The Neshamah Institute community.