Rabbi Amy Rader Executive Director
Rabbi Rader was ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary as a conservative rabbi and served as rabbi at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida for 11 years. In January 2011, she founded The Neshamah Institute, an independent Jewish community without walls. The Neshamah Institute’s mission is to reach out to unaffiliated Jews in South Palm Beach County and offer a fresh, personal and meaningful way to bring Judaism into their lives.
Rabbi Rader is grateful to the team of musicians, teachers and volunteers who have been her partners in cultivating Neshamah into a thriving, authentic, relevant, spiritual Jewish community. In four short years, Neshamah has served over 150 B’nai Mitzvah families, 100 Judaic Studies students, and numerous families for baby namings, weddings, anniversaries, and funerals. Rabbi Rader feels blessed to be able to teach and share Jewish life with the open-minded, adventurous Jewish families in South Florida.
In 2004, Rabbi Rader was awarded the Rabbi Simon Greenberg prize for Rabbinic Leadership by The Jewish Theological Seminary and has been recognized as an outstanding young leader in the South Florida Jewish community. She is married to Kevin Rader, an owner of CKP Insurance Underwriters and the State Representative in Tallahassee for District 81.
They are the grateful and amazed parents of Caleb, Ruby, Yael and Ezra.