Sheldon “Shelly” Lisbon was sworn in recently as a new commissioner in the town of Surfside, Florida.
Lisbon was born in 1946 to Holocaust survivors in a displaced persons camp in Germany. At the age of three he sailed from Europe with his parents, starting a new life in America.
Lisbon is the quintessential American success story. He graduated from Boston Lubavitch High School, going on to study at Yeshiva University, the University of Maryland and Catholic University where he received advanced degrees.
He and his wife, Miriam, ran a successful Judaic gift and bookstore in Maryland for 25 years. They have a married son and daughter and seven grandchildren.
Lisbon is also an educator and has taught AP United States government, world history and economics since 1970. The couple moved to Surfside in 2006. They both teach in yeshivot in North Miami Beach.
Lisbon had served on Surfside’s planning and zoning board since 2010. The only negative effect of his new position is that the popular president of Young Israel of Bal Harbour has had to resign his position in the shul. It could have been construed as a conflict of interest.