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235 Sunrise Avenue

Palm Beach, Florida 33480

Phone: 561-514-4064

Lay Leadership

Debbie Steinberg Shimansky is our President and the inspiration behind our successful new class in Judaism and Mindfulness which began November 2016.

Debbie is a psychotherapist and Mindfulness leader whose passion for Mindfulness inspired Rabbi Barak Bar-Chaim to study and learn with her resulting in their decision to bring the benefits of Mindfulness to our New    Synagogue of Palm Beach Community.

Judaism teaches us what to do in daily life to follow in G-d’s ways, to be kind, compassionate, patient, generous, forgiving, focused in our prayers, etc.

Mindfulness practice teaches us how to do this.

Albert Einstein once said, “We cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created the problem.” What this means is that the thinking mind alone is not sufficient to effect real character growth or enable us to experience inner or soul essence.

Class is named in memory of Debbie's parents Dr. Edward L. Steinberg & Judith L. Steinberg. Dr. Steinberg used Mindfulness in the last two years of his life to lower his blood pressure, to manage difficult feelings and to calm a busy mind. It was his hope that Debbie would share this way of being with others.

Debbie (MSW Columbia University) trained in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) with Dr. Albert Ellis and was a Board member at the Albert Ellis Institute. She was a Board Member at the Mussar Institute, is the author of “How to Stick to a Diet”. She has done trainings, retreats, and online study in Mindfulness for many years. Her own mindfulness practice is foundational to sharing it with others.

Her greatest passion today (besides her pride in Daniel) is to bring Mindfulness practices to the Jewish Education System so that parents, children and their teachers can integrate social, emotional and spiritual development into daily life so that we may grow happy, joyful and effective future generations.

Debbie, Cantor Henry, and Daniel live in Boca Raton and Palm Beach, Florida.

Diana Brody, Board Secretary and mother hen of our synagogue.

You can find her fussing in the kitchen or hanging out with the roosters at the Kiddush Club. When she's not busy taking care of our synagogue family, she's making people happy on the water.

Diana is a Charter Broker for Camper & Nicholsons International in Palm Beach. Diana and her husband, Rob, are both active members in the community and friends we all count on.





Richard Hirsch is the visionary of big ideas for our small synagogue.

In addition to overseeing the operations of New Synagogue of Palm Beach, he is the leader of the plan to engage our Young Friends in Jewish life and learning.

Leadership comes naturally to Richard. He is Chairman of the Board of Israel Bonds worldwide and managing director of Concurrent Industries, a New York-based investment and holding company. And that's just in his free time - Richard is a very busy guy. He and his wife Elaine live in New York and make Palm Beach their home in season where they enjoy visits from their children and grand-children.



Sun, October 20 2019 21 Tishrei 5780