THE SHALOMATHOME FAMILY
The people who lovingly make this happen.
The people on this page have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Each brings something completely amazing to the table. We truly appreciate their efforts. Here's a little bit about them:
CANTOR ERIC LINDENBAUM
Religious and Educational Director
Eric Lindenbaum was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He was a graduate of Southwest Miami Senior High and Studied Music and Performance at Miami Dade Community College.
He then left for New York City to study Cantorial Music at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music for four years. He took a year off during the middle of those studies to go to study Jewish music, history and Sociology in Jerusalem.
He returned to complete his four years at HUC-JIR and also began teaching afternoon Religious school classes, in area Synagogues, in Long Island, Westchester County and Northern New Jersey.
He taught classes in Jewish history (ancient and modern) , Jewish thought , Holocaust, and began to get involved in Jewish Youth through the New York Regions of NFTY (the Reform Movement) and USY (The Conservative Movement).
In 1981 he began his studies in Hazzanut at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. While there he also expanded his course work into the areas of Jewish Education, Yuth, and Pastoral Counseling (in particular working with terminally ill patients and their families, using the guitar as tool to initiate conversations, as well as bereavement counseling).
His practical work in this area was done at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx and The Sloan-Kettering Institute in Manhattan.
He also began his Song-Leading career with NFTY (the Reform movement youth organization) working conventions throughout the Tri-State area. Hazzan began song-leading for the NaNegev Region of USY as well as METNY Region (Metropolitan New York) USY working his way up to song-leading and educating on the International Level. His career with USY spanned some 20 years song-leading and teaching at LTIs (Leadership Training Institute) at Camps Barney Medintz, Blue Star, Ramah Darom and several International Conventions.
After graduating from JTS in 1984 he assumed his first Pulpit was in Orlando, Florida for two years. He moved to the Kansas City, Missouri area for one year before coming to Beth Ahm Congregation in 1987 soon to become Beth Ahm Israel in Cooper City. There he met his future wife, Marla, a teacher in the BAI Religious school and they were married in June of 1999 and were blessed with the birth of twins, Joseph Ezra and Adina Yael, in January of 2002.
After BAI was absorbed into Congregation B’nai Aviv in Weston, in 2015 , he helped to establish a new congregation in Cooper City, Kol Chaverim.
Cantor Lindenbaum then worked with Temple Bat Yam for 2 years completing his time there in August of 2020
PENNY GOLDSTEIN D'AGOSTINO
Penny Goldstein D'Agostino, was raise on Long Island, NY and studied voice at the University of Miami. She has been a Cantorial Soloist, Choir Director, Educator, Community leader and Youth Advisor in Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist Synagogues and communities since 1984. She has been a volunteer with The Jewish Pavilion of Central Florida – a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of residents in elder-care communities – for more than 12 years and has been (and continues to be) its CFO/Managing Director for the last 6 years. Her background in Business Consulting, Taxes, and Forensic Accounting, as well as Non-profit Management has prepared well for ShalomAtHome.org. She has known Cantor Eric for more than 40 years and is thrilled to now be working with him and his wonderful wife Marla on this worthy project from it's inception.
Director of Content
Marla joined ShalomAtHome.org with the vision and drive to improve upon our Jewish Organization, and with a focus on forwarding the Congregation with her experience and integrity. The fact that she's married to Cantor Eric helped. We are so blessed to have her input. Her experience and knowledge regarding Jewish education and Special Needs teaching make her invaluable.