Rabbi Andrew Jacobs
Rabbi Andrew Jacobs has been the spiritual leader of Ramat Shalom Synagogue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida since 2002. Ramat Shalom, a vibrant, diverse congregation, was established in 1976 as a Reconstructionist synagogue. Over the years, however, the congregation has evolved and now finds itself more comfortable without official labels and the boundaries that often come with them. In 2013, Rabbi Andrew, along with his wife, Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs, founded ISH, a non-denominational spiritual source and service grounded in Jewish wisdom but open to all. Ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2001, Rabbi Jacobs is also a graduate of Vassar College and holds a Master of Arts in Jewish Art and Material Culture from the Jewish Theological Seminary in consortium with Columbia University and the Jewish Museum of New York. In partnership with Clal and the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Rabbi Andrew was named a LEAP Fellow. Additionally, he is proud to serve as a Rabbis Without Border Fellow. He posts regularly on his blog. Rabbis Andrew and his wife, Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs are the proud parents of Abigail and Jonah.