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.
I earned my teaching degree in South Africa. My husband and I moved to the USA in 1986, where I worked in Early Childhood education for the JCC of Greater Washington beginning as a teacher, and then moving into the role of principal up until 1991.
After relocating to South Florida, in 1993, I stepped back into education in a substitute role, holding positions at the JCC of Boca Raton and working in the summer camps as well as head of camp at the Boca Central Chabad in 2001-2002.
I worked at B’nai Israel Hebrew school from 2006-2014, after which I began private tutoring for B’nai Mitzvah and Judaics students.
After working together with Rabbi Rader on one of my student’s Bnai Mitzvah’s in 2018, Rabbi Rader invited me to join in and become a faculty member at The Neshama Institute.
I accepted and joined the amazing Neshamah Institute in 2018, teaching Judaics, Hebrew and B’nai Mitzvah. It is one of the warmest, friendliest and nurturing environments I have worked in and I am so happy to be a part of this incredibly warm and nurturing school.
Rachel Benjamin grew up in Israel and emigrated to the USA in 2003. She is passionate about teaching Hebrew & Judaic Studies. Rachel has been teaching at Neshamah Institute since 2012. She also obtained her degree in Ultrasound in 2015. In 2018, she had her first born, Eitan.
Hi everyone Kira Bossis here. Happy to be working with Rabbi Amy at Neshamah since 2012 . A transplanted New Yorker who had been active in the NY Theatre community as both performer, teacher and coach. I have two amazing children and my very sweet dog Bronx!
I share my love of animals by pet sitting in our area, love spending time with all the children at Neshamah.
Ethan Cohen is in his third year working at Neshamah. He has obtained his Bachelors Degree at the Florida State University in Music. While attending FSU, he took courses in Hebrew as well as being the Jewish Life Liaison at Hillel at FSU.
Before attending FSU, he was a Madridkh at Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism for 5 years in Boca Raton. Ethan looks forward to working with your children in Judaic Studies or B’Nai Mitzvah preparation.
Suzanne Davidson, CPA
Suzanne is the Registrar for the Neshamah Institute, in charge of our registrations and payments. She brings to Neshamah over 25 years of corporate finance experience, during which she has managed with the highest level of integrity the accounting books and ledgers of hundreds of millions of dollars in corporate assets. Suzanne holds a B.A. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo, an MBA from Nova Southeastern University, and is a licensed CPA in Florida.
Suzanne lives in Boca Raton with her husband and college sweetheart, Stuart, and their daughter Lindsey, a student at West Boca Raton Community High School. Their son Aaron currently attends the University of Florida. Suzanne and her family have been proud congregants of Neshamah since 2013, with both of her children becoming a Bar and Bat Mitzvah under Rabbi Rader’s tutelage.
Shelley’s educational journey led her to a degree and master’s in Hebrew and Judaic Studies, with additional training at the Hebrew Teachers Seminary in South Africa. In 1995, she and her husband relocated to the USA, where she began her impactful career.
For over two decades, Shelley has passionately taught Hebrew & Judaic Studies at Donna Klein Jewish Academy and other Jewish Day schools. Her dedication extends beyond the classroom, as she strives to instill a profound love for Judaism, Jewish history, the Hebrew language, and our heritage.
Since 2010, Shelley has been an integral part of the Neshamah Institute, contributing her expertise. She loves the warm and nurturing environment at the Neshamah Institute. Alongside her professional life, she treasures moments with her husband and three children. Shelley is also deeply committed to Holocaust education, enhancing her contributions to her students and the community
Susan Kronen relocated to Florida from Michigan in 1989 with her husband Barry. She worked as an educator within the school system for over 30 years. Their son Jordan became a Bar Mitzvah in 2014, and after having such a wonderful experience Susan asked Rabbi Rader if she could join her team. Today she enjoys tutoring, helping with monthly Shabbats, and attending the beautiful High Holy day services at Neshamah. Neshamah provides such a warm environment for students to learn, as well as providing a special place to celebrate Shabbat and holidays with family, friends and the Jewish community. Susan is looking forward to continuing to help educate students in Judaics, Hebrew and Bar and Bat Mitzvah studies.
After 15 years working as an educator in Palm Beach County, I joined The Neshamah Institute in 2015. It is a joy to work as Rabbi Amy’s assistant and to be a part of the warm and wonderful Neshamah community.
Director of Education & Faculty / Teacher
Lori Neiberg has been with the Neshamah Institute since it’s inception in 2009. She is passionate about her role with Neshamah and her role as a Jewish Educator. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her degree in Judaic Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans and has been a Jewish Educator for the past 40 years both in Chicago and South Florida.
She has been an active participant and educator for The March of the Living southern region the last several years and is thrilled to be a part of such an important and meaningful program.
She is married to Joel, raised three beautiful sons who now have three wonderful wives. She has four precious grandchildren with one more on the way. She feels that she is one of the luckiest people in the world to be able to work in a field she is so passionate about while sharing that passion with her students.
Hinda Rosenbaum has been a teacher at the Neshamah Institute since 2016. She has a B.A. in Education/Anthropology and many years of experience in education as a teacher and as a School Director. As a teenager, Hinda made “aliyah” to Israel in the early 1970’s with her family and completed the Israeli high school “Bagrut” matriculation then returned to the United States for college. Hinda’s husband is a Holocaust Educator and she has shared in his work with local Holocaust Survivors and educational programs. They have one son who is a Rabbi and Assistant Dean of the Ziegler Rabbinical School in LA. Hinda is passionate about providing a safe, fun, and nurturing environment for developing the Jewish “Neshamah”/soul of our students. She enjoys teaching at Neshamah with our excellent teachers and staff, our small class sizes, creative curriculum, and our engaging, smart, and wonderful students and families!
Carol Safran attended Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a BA in English. She has lived in Coral Springs for over 25 years and has two children, ages 22 and 26.
Carol has spent her entire career as an executive recruiter. She was extremely engaged at her prior Synagogue, serving as Board Member and liaison on Youth and Cultural Affairs.
Carol is excited to begin her second year at Neshamah and has enjoyed getting back to her religious school roots by serving as a teacher and mentor.
Rabbi Cantor / Teacher
Rabbi Stephanie Shore has been tutoring Bar/Bat Mitzvah students since she was 16 years old. She enjoys working with the students and loves to hear them chant the Hebrew prayers and blessings. She cherishes L’dor Vador from generation to generation and appreciates you blessing us with your children.
Rabbi Cantor / Teacher
Rabbi-Cantor Sharon Steinberg is delighted to begin her fifth year with Neshama. She loves teaching and considers it a great privilege to work with your children.
Her career as a clergy person began over 25 years ago, first as cantor for Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria (11 years), VA, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (2 years) and Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, MD (7 years). During her years in Virginia, Cantor Sharon trained as a chaplain and was a member of an interfaith chaplaincy group that served Fairfax County, Virginia.
Today, in addition to her duties for Neshama, Cantor Sharon serves as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shira in Boca Raton. She also officiates life-cycle events, offers spiritual counselling and adult B’nai Mitzvah to unaffiliated Jews.
Cantor Sharon was ordained as a cantor through Hebrew Union College – Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and her rabbinic ordination is from the Rabbinical Academy of America, associated with Mesifta Adath Wolkowitz. She studied pastoral counseling at Loyola College.
Prior to attending cantorial school, Cantor Sharon was a college professor of music, teaching at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), the Community College of Baltimore, the Baltimore School for the Arts and the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay. More recently Cantor Sharon has taught nusach and was a vocal coach to cantorial students attending Hebrew College in Boston. She holds two degrees in music from Ithaca College and Indiana University.
Concurrent with her years as a professor, Cantor Sharon pursued an operatic and concert career. Her recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall was met with critical acclaim. While on a European tour, she sang excerpts from Puccini’s La Bohème which was recorded for and subsequently broadcast on Italian National Television. Sharon has sung lead roles with many opera companies and orchestras around the world including Bel Canto Opera, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Southwest Virginia Opera, Roanoke Symphony and Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra. Today, Cantor Sharon continues to perform locally, offering concerts and educational seminars for retirement communities and local organizations.
Jessica Turnoff Ferrari
Cantor / Teacher
Jessica served as Cantor at Temple Beth Am in Jupiter, FL for 12 years. She has also worked with Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, The Mark Center for Jewish Excellence, and a number of other congregations around the U.S.
Jennifer Young has been teaching Hebrew and Judaics for 25 years. She is from Canada and completed her first degree in Israel. She taught Hebrew at Donna Klein for ten years. She has been working at Neshamah Institute for three years and looks forward to another fabulous year!!!