Meet Rabbi Shmuly and Shaina Feldman


Born and raised in Brooklyn, Rabbi Shmuly Feldman is a graduate of the United Lubavitch Yeshivos at Chabad World Headquarters in Brooklyn. He was ordained in 2003.

While completing his rabbinical and postgraduate studies, Shmuly was chosen by his Yeshiva to travel to Rostov, Russia where he, along with a small group of fellow students, spent a year diligently studying Torah and actively reaching out to Jews in the surrounding areas who were eager to discover their Jewish heritage.

Rabbi Feldman also spent many summers as a Roving Rabbi, leading services and community outreach, in the out-backs of various Jewish communities around the world, including: Samara, Russia, Halifax, NS, Adis Ababa, Ethiopia, Wyoming and Oregon.

Mrs. Shaina Feldman, daughter of Rabbi and Mrs. Kahanov the executive directors of Chabad of N.E. Florida, is a native of Jacksonville. In 2004 she graduated from the Teacher’s Seminary in Brooklyn, NY with a passion for Jewish education. She has since been giving lessons in a wide variety of Judaic subjects to people of all ages. Over the years her classes have gained considerable popularity here in Jacksonville.

Mrs. Feldman’s teaching experience is, though, not limited to Jacksonville. Her devotion and care for a brighter Jewish future endeared her to a variety of day camps around the world, including; Edgeware, UK, Victoria Island, BC, as well as, Bangkok, Thailand where she spent many summers as counselor and head-counselor. With her exceptional love for children and energetic upbeat demeanor, Shaina has been teaching at Beth Rivkah – Chabad’s largest girl’s day school, in Brooklyn.

“People may see themselves as unaffiliated, Reform, Conservative or Orthodox. Chabad sees all Jews as being Jewish. No labels. No differences. Chabad is a home for every kind of Jew. Clay County seems like the perfect place for a Chabad center,” Rabbi Shmuly said. “We’ll be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Everyone is welcome.”