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Rabbi Debra Eisenman is one of seventeen generations of Rabbis.


Rabbi Eisenman graduated from the Joint Program of Columbia University and List College at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York.  She earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees and received the Abraham Joshua Heschel “Spirit for the Search for Truth Award,” for outstanding academic achievement from List College.


Upon graduation, she entered rabbinical school at JTS.  Rabbi Eisenman earned both her MA and Rabbinical ordination at JTS and received the Israel Levinthal award for Homiletics for her innovative interpretations of sacred text.  


After holding pulpits in Elgin, Illinois and Freeport, New York, Rabbi Eisenman and her family moved to Boca Raton and she became the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Tikvah of West Boca Raton. She transitioned to becoming the head chaplain at Boca Raton Care Center providing spiritual care to terminally ill patients.


Rabbi Eisenman has been a Florence Melton Instructor for nearly ten years and was honored to receive the title of "Master Instructor."  She is committed to bringing innovative, interactive, pluralistic and spiritual learning to the adult Jewish community of Palm Beach County.


Currently, Rabbi Eisenman is  working on a novel entitled The Proverbial Woman: A Modern Midrash of the Book of Proverbs.


Rabbi Eisenman is the proud mother of Samantha, 18 and Joey, 16 and is married to Marc Gelberg.


After teaching here for many years, Rabbi Eisenman is proud to serve as Temple Beth David’s Scholar-In-Residence.

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Ethel & Eugene Joffe


Long ago, Ethel and Eugene created an endowment which has sponsored our Scholar-In-Residence program since 2003.

Since that time, we have been fortunate to host and learn from many renowned Jewish scholars.

Over the course of his lifetime, Eugene was a strong supporter of a wide range of Jewish causes. His hope, and that of Ethel has been that our Scholar-In-Residence Programs will enhance and strengthen our synagogue and make it a valued place for study, education and community within the framework of Conservative Judaism. It has also been their mission that Jewish learning will inspire young families to make their homes centers of Jewish living and instill in their children the satisfaction and pride of Jewish faith, practice and heritage.

It is through their generosity that Temple Beth David has been and continues to be able to bring prominent Jewish scholars into our midst and offer our congregation the highest levels of Jewish learning.

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