JTS Florida Region Welcomes Rabbinic Fellow

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

June 30, 2009, Boca Raton, FL

Rabbi Andy Shugerman, a talented and passionate Jewish educator, has been named rabbinic fellow of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). Based out of JTS's Florida regional office in Boca Raton, he will assume his new position on July 1.

Rabbi Andy ShugermanRabbi Shugerman will be responsible for both formal and informal educational outreach, including study groups, special programs, and synagogue educational events and lectures. He was ordained last month by The Rabbinical School of JTS and earned a master's degree from JTS's William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education in 2008. Rabbi Shugerman received his BA from Brandeis University, where he majored in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.

As a student at JTS, Rabbi Shugerman developed his skills and talents as an educator while teaching Jewish studies at the Rodeph Sholom School and Muslim-Jewish relations at the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School, both in New York City. He was also selected to participate in the prestigious Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Fellows program, through which he helped to revitalize Congregation Shir Chadash of Metairie, Louisiana, a community still recovering from hurricanes Katrina and Gustave.

Combining his love of education and music, Rabbi Shugerman was a founding member of JamDaven, a band he formed with Davidson School classmates that developed new approaches to prayer through music and meditation. He also served as a scholar-in-residence at the Charles E. Smith Day School of Rockville, Maryland, and led college students in rebuilding homes in New Orleans with Jewish Funds for Justice.

Prior to coming to JTS, Rabbi Shugerman studied at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem while working for the Masorti (Israeli Conservative) Movement and attended the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. While in California, he assisted Rabbi Sharon Brous, a JTS alumna, in founding IKAR, a spiritual community that has been nationally recognized for its innovative approach to Judaism.

Further information about JTS and Florida programs is available from Carolyn Kantor at
(561) 852-3454.