LIUMI IS INCLUSIVE JUDAISM
As a teacher, writer, and facilitator of educational seminars and curriculum, Shayndel Plotkin is passionate about working with women, children, and families to help them grow and develop – spiritually and personally. Her background in the Jewish community, Jewish education, and Israel
began in the South Florida community more than twenty years ago as a writer for the Jewish press, and then as the Israel Experience Director for the Commission for Jewish Education.
Shandel is a writer of novels, children's stories, a professional memoirist, and writer for several international magazines.
She holds a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the Pardes Institute and Hebrew College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications from Florida State University. Shayndel is a graduate of Midreshet Rachel Seminary in Jerusalem, where she studied Jewish texts and philosophy for three years. Contact: | 561-929-0675.
Rabbi Baruch Plotkin
For nearly 20 years, Rabbi Plotkin has been building a sense of Jewish community in South Florida. Listed among the Top 36 Most Inspiring Rabbis in America (Forward 2013), and recognized as a master teacher and storyteller whose knowledge and love of Israel
and Judaism is contagious, Rabbi Plotkin currently serves as the Rabbi in Residence at Donna Klein Jewish Academy and previously served as the Rabbi for the University of Miami Hillel and the Hillel of Broward & Palm Beach.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Communications from Emerson College, a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and did his rabbinic training at The David Shappel College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where he received his rabbinic ordination. He was a Community Kollel Fellow, as well as a Senior Educator Fellow at the Hebrew University (2009), and the recipient of the Targum Shlishi Award (2010) in Educational Excellence and Creativity.
Together, he and his wife Shayndel raise their children: Benjamin, Yosef, Gavriel, Aviel, Talia, Nava and Shira. Contact | 561-929-9892.
Liumi is an inclusive Judaism. Our approach is steeped in a rich Jewish tradition and feels wonderfully authentic. It works with people of all backgrounds. Our goal is to inspire fulfilling involvement in a vibrant, multidimensional Jewish life.
Liumi offers unique opportunities to share and enjoy memorable experiences with others, so whether participants are coming to meet new friends, renew old relationships, or just feel a true sense of belonging, we create the space for meaningful human connection.
Liumi Israel is a platform for a broad base of experiences, educational and spiritual programs that deepen the participant’s connection, understanding, and commitment to Israel, Jewish values and the Jewish people.
Rabbi Leah Richman
Rabbi Leah Richman
Leah received her BA from Brandeis University and her ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She later joined the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement (RA). During her career, she he has served as a congregational rabbi, an educator, and has worked in Jewish non-profit leadership including Federations. Leah enjoys living the Jewish vegetarian life in Boca Raton with her two teenage daughters Hadassah and Eden. Contact:
DEVELOPMENT AND SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR
Pam received her BS in Sociology from Ithaca College. She met Shayndel on her JWRP trip in 2016 and through her experience became enthusiastic and passionate about learning and engaging in Jewish values. She brings her energy and talent for bringing people together to support Liumi in enhancing and enriching individual lives and community. She and her husband Jeff live in Boca Raton with their four teenage children Jake, Sophie, Luke, and Sam. Contact: PamLevine19@gmail.com.
Liumi provides content driven Jewish engagement to partner organizations throughout the US. We help organizations expand their offerings and improve services that enhance the Israel and Jewish experience.