Transformative Jewish learning and living.

The Institute of Jewish Knowledge and Learning is a welcoming community that offers a wide variety of learning experiences with some of the world's bestJewish educators in an affordable & accessible way. Touching hearts, igniting souls, and challenging minds
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About IJKL

IJKL is one of the pre-eminent educational centers in South Florida offering multiple on ramps to meaningful and transformative Jewish learning and living for all ages.

If you are beginning -- or are already on -- the journey to spiritual enlightenment, then you will find a home with IJKL. We provide a loving environment to help you build a solid spiritual and theological foundation. For those seeking in-depth Jewish study, IJKL is a repository of deep insights and expansive ideas. You are invited to become part of our community of like minded seekers. 

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Meet Our Team

Kim Lerner

Administrative Director

Kim has served as Administrative Director of the Institute of Jewish Knowledge & Learning (IJKL) since its inception in 1993 and has played a key role in envisioning and enacting its development.

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Deborah Lesk

Programming Assistant

Throughout her career, Deborah Lesk has held a variety of positions in community outreach, marketing and sales—. Most recently she worked with a Canadian government agency training and coaching new immigrants on job search skills for career success.

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Laura Lenes

Laura Lenes can be seen in synagogues across South Florida, as both a Cantorial Soloist, and an educator --- connecting families, children, and congregants of all ages, to Judaism & G-d through music, Sign Language, drama, and spirituality! 

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Akiva Mann

Spiritual Director

Rabbi Akiva Mann, IJKL’s Spiritual Director is an inspired leader and spiritual innovator. He is well known for his ability to distill the vastness of Jewish wisdom - both mystical and traditional, into a vision of Judaism that is in deep dialogue with the past and spiritually responsive to life in the present.

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Merle Saferstein

Legacy Education Advisor

As the director of educational outreach at the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center for twenty-six years, Merle Saferstein worked closely with hundreds of Holocaust survivors helping them to pass along their Legacy of Remembrance to students and teachers.

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Norman Lipson

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David Paskin

Educational Director

David Paskin, or Rabbi David as he is known, is an accomplished spiritual leader, singer/songwriter, entertainer, Jewish futurist, social activist, award-winning Jewish educator and founding rabbi of OHEL.

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Bruce Greenberg

Bruce Greenberg has been teaching for over thirty years in a variety of educational settings.  He has long been involved in Jewish Education in Broward County at both the Synagogue and Community levels.

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Jeffrey Salkin

Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin has a national reputation as one of America’s most quoted rabbis and thought leaders. He has appeared on many television and radio programs, and has spoken in more than a hundred communities, including in Israel, Great Britain, Cuba, and Poland.

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Sandra Lilienthal

Curriculum Director

Dr. Sandra Lilienthal has a Masters in Jewish Studies and a Doctorate in Jewish Education. In 2015, she received the prestigious Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Sandra has over 25 years of experience in Jewish Education working with all ages in both Brazil and the US.

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Mark Gross

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Leon Weissberg

Rabbi/Dr. Weissberg holds four advanced degrees including a Doctorate in Education and a Masters in Jewish Studies.  He has been the Executive of the Jewish Education Commission in Boca, as well as the head of Donna Klein Jewish Academy.

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Kim Lerner

Administrative Director

Kim has served as Administrative Director of the Institute of Jewish Knowledge & Learning (IJKL) since its inception in 1993 and has played a key role in envisioning and enacting its development.

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Akiva Mann

Spiritual Director

Rabbi Akiva Mann, IJKL’s Spiritual Director is an inspired leader and spiritual innovator. He is well known for his ability to distill the vastness of Jewish wisdom - both mystical and traditional, into a vision of Judaism that is in deep dialogue with the past and spiritually responsive to life in the present.

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David Paskin

Educational Director

David Paskin, or Rabbi David as he is known, is an accomplished spiritual leader, singer/songwriter, entertainer, Jewish futurist, social activist, award-winning Jewish educator and founding rabbi of OHEL.

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Sandra Lilienthal

Curriculum Director

Dr. Sandra Lilienthal has a Masters in Jewish Studies and a Doctorate in Jewish Education. In 2015, she received the prestigious Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Sandra has over 25 years of experience in Jewish Education working with all ages in both Brazil and the US.

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Deborah Lesk

Programming Assistant

Throughout her career, Deborah Lesk has held a variety of positions in community outreach, marketing and sales—. Most recently she worked with a Canadian government agency training and coaching new immigrants on job search skills for career success.

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Merle Saferstein

Legacy Education Advisor

As the director of educational outreach at the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center for twenty-six years, Merle Saferstein worked closely with hundreds of Holocaust survivors helping them to pass along their Legacy of Remembrance to students and teachers.

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Bruce Greenberg

Bruce Greenberg has been teaching for over thirty years in a variety of educational settings.  He has long been involved in Jewish Education in Broward County at both the Synagogue and Community levels.

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Mark Gross

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Laura Lenes

Laura Lenes can be seen in synagogues across South Florida, as both a Cantorial Soloist, and an educator --- connecting families, children, and congregants of all ages, to Judaism & G-d through music, Sign Language, drama, and spirituality! 

zoe_edited_edited_edited.jpg

Norman Lipson

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Jeffrey Salkin

Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin has a national reputation as one of America’s most quoted rabbis and thought leaders. He has appeared on many television and radio programs, and has spoken in more than a hundred communities, including in Israel, Great Britain, Cuba, and Poland.

zoe_edited_edited_edited.jpg

Leon Weissberg

Rabbi/Dr. Weissberg holds four advanced degrees including a Doctorate in Education and a Masters in Jewish Studies.  He has been the Executive of the Jewish Education Commission in Boca, as well as the head of Donna Klein Jewish Academy.

כי לא על הלחם לבדו יחיה האדם
(Deuteronomy 8:3)
SUSTENANCE FOR THE SOUL

 through transformative Jewish learning and living.

The Institute for Jewish Knowledge and Learning (IJKL) is South Florida’s preeminent Jewish educational center offering meaningful and transformative Jewish learning and living for all ages. 

 

At IJKL, we believe that Jewish learning inspires Jewish living. Our Institute offers an opportunity to stay informed, engaged, and connected with each other through deep insights, expansive ideas, wisdom, and conversation.

We provide a loving environment for our community and help build a solid spiritual and theological foundation for those seeking in-depth Jewish study, connectedness, and holiness.

Whether you are only beginning your spiritual journey or are already on the path to enlightenment, come and become part of our community of like-minded seekers!

Join SHARE Zoom Room

Passcode - 033402

You can also access the Zoom room programs by calling 253-215-8782. 

Meeting ID when prompted: 598.292.0518

Passcode - 111222

 

You can also access the Zoom room programs by calling 253-215-8782. 

Meeting ID when prompted: 994.080.4617

WHY WE ARE HERE

VISION

We strive to create multiple avenues for meaningful and transformative Jewish learning and living for all ages. 

MISSION

To touch hearts, ignite souls and challenge minds through transformative Jewish learning and living.

VALUES

Our principles are grounded on the foundation of spiritual growth, inspiration, pluralism, egalitarianism, integrity, and depth of understanding.

 

IJKL is proud to host some of the most passionate and dedicated educators in South Florida.

 

HOW WE LEARN

CLASSES

ONE-ON-ONE 

IJKL offers classes on a variety of Jewish topics with dynamic and inspiring teachers.

Each learner is a unique and precious soul to be inspired, challenged and empowered.

LIVING JEWISHLY

IJKL inspires you to, not only learn, but live your Jewish learning everyday. 

WHAT WE LEARN

Tanakh - Bible

Tanakh - Bible

Talmud - Rabbinics

Talmud - Rabbinics

Kabbalah - Mysticism

Kabbalah - Mysticism

Jewish Living

Jewish Living

Jewish HIstory/Sociology

Jewish HIstory/Sociology

Israel

Israel

Theology

Theology

 
 

The Institute of Jewish

Knowledge and Learning

kim@ijkl.org


Tel: 954-249-8290

9721 Sea Turtle Drive

Plantation, Florida 33324

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