Rabbi Steven Lebow

Rabbi Steven Lebow has served as Kol Emeth’s dedicated spiritual leader since 1986, when he first came to Cobb county to join the fledgling congregation of only 60 families.

Ordained in 1983, Rabbi Lebow has brought his vision, inspiration, enthusiasm, and social consciousness to Kol Emeth. These properties are among the primary reasons for the growth of the congregation to over 500 families. He has also brought a unique ability to help people personalize their own religious beliefs, so that members feel free to express their own interpretations of their faith. He is a skilled teacher and speaker whose talents and charm attract listeners of all ages and all persuasions.

In 1987, Rabbi Lebow began to offer “Introduction to Judaism” classes that have been attended by hundreds of people, Jews and non-Jews alike. His courses, sponsored by the Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education, were ultimately broadcast by the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcast Network (AIB), in an effort to reach out to the entire Atlanta community and to dispel myths and prejudice about Judaism. Because of the success of his original broadcasts, Rabbi Lebow began to broadcast Kol Emeth’s holiday services five years ago on the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcast Network. These broadcasts, a first in the nation, have helped to open up the synagogue service to both Jews and non-Jews.

Using the medium of television, Rabbi Lebow has tried to communicate the humanistic values and openness of Judaism to the Atlanta community. In 1990, Rabbi Lebow was among a group that helped found Atlanta’s first Reform Jewish Day School, the Davis Academy. He served on its first interim Board and remains active in the school. Because of his advocacy for abused children, Rabbi Lebow was selected clergyman of the year in 1993 by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. In 1994 Rabbi Lebow organized and was the keynote speaker at a mass rally in protest of an anti-gay resolution passed by the Cobb County Council. He was also instrumental in the erection of a plaque to mark the spot, here in Cobb County, where Leo Frank was lynched by a mob after having been falsely accused and convicted of murder. For his human rights activities, Rabbi Lebow has received awards, citations and honors from the Cobb Citizens Coalition, the Clergy and Laity Concerned, the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.

Rabbi Lebow is married to Madeline Sable. They have two daughters, Shira and Julia.

Tales of the Blue Wizard

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Rabbi  Steven J. Lebow, Temple Kol,Emeth Marietta, Atlanta Georgia December 21st, 2012. Tales of the Blue Wizard Or… How I hated Hebrew School and why you can, too! In a town, not so long ago. In a place not so far away…. There lived a...

 

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Bar Mitzvah Preparation for the Learning Disabled Child of an Interfaith Family

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Rabbi Steven Lebow Temple Kol Emeth    Bar Mitzvah Preparation for the Learning Disabled Child of an Interfaith Family The first time I heard Michael Graner read Hebrew I knew I was in for trouble.  As a congregational rabbi it is my job...

 

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