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235 Sunrise Avenue / P.O. Box 3027

Palm Beach, Florida 33480

Phone: 561-514-4064



Deborah 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 community.

Judaism teaches us what to do in daily life to follow in God’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.

The Judaism and Mindfulness class at the New Synagogue is named in memory of Debbie's parents, Dr. Edward L. Steinberg & Judith L. Steinberg. In the last two years of his life, Dr. Steinberg used Mindfulness to lower his blood pressure, manage difficult feelings, and 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. Also, she was a Board Member at the Mussar Institute and 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.

Today, her greatest passion (besides her pride in Daniel, her son) 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, of blessed memory, was the Board Secretary and mother hen of our synagogue.

She was often found fussing in the kitchen or hanging out with the roosters at the Kiddush Club. When she was not busy taking care of our synagogue family, she was making people happy on the water. Diana was a Charter Broker for Camper & Nicholsons International in Palm Beach, Florida.

We remember Diana for her great contribution to our community and synagogue, her kind and generous ways, her zest for life, and her faith in God.

Diana's husband, Rob, is an active member in the community and a friend we all count on.


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

In addition to overseeing the operations of the New Synagogue, he is the leader of a 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 the winter season, where they enjoy visits from their children and grand-children.

Mon, November 29 2021 25 Kislev 5782