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Kane Street Celebrates its 163rd Anniversary

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Our Honoree
Rabbi Val Lieber, our Director of Education and Family Programming

Rabbi Valerie Lieber has served as the Director of Education & Family Programs at Kane Street Synagogue since 2008. She oversees the Hebrew School, Shabbat and Holiday services for children and families, and a range of other family education programs. Previously, Rabbi Val served as Rabbi of Temple Israel of Jamaica in Queens, as well as the Rabbi and the Religious School Director of Temple Beth Ahavath Sholom in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

Rabbi Val was born and raised in Indianapolis, where she was an active member of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. She graduated from Swarthmore College with an honors degree in English Literature and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Rabbi Val earned her ordination from Hebrew Union College in 1995.

During her tenure at Kane Street, Rabbi Val has deepened her skills through professional development and leadership programs. She launched the Hebrew School’s L’Tzedek initiative—a service learning initiative—in conjunction with her participation in the Express Innovation initiative of the Jewish Education Project. She helped to lead the synagogue in greening initiatives while taking part in the Jewish Greening Fellowship. Last year, she took part in the year-long Qushiyot Fellowship for Revitalizing Israel Education. In 2015, Rabbi Val was named to the Forward’s list of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis.

Rabbi Val has written interpretations of Torah and Haftarah, including an examination of Parashat Emor, “Elitism in the Levitical Priesthood,” for The Women’s Torah Commentary (Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, ed.); a chapter in The Women’s Haftarah Commentary (Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, ed.; and an essay on Parashat Toldot in The Torah, A Women’s Commentary (Women of Reform Judaism).

Rabbi Val has been an environmentalist since high school. She has participated in four Hazon New York bike rides and co-chaired the steering committee for the 2012 ride. For the past four years, she has cycled in the Pan Mass Challenge to fundraise for Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston—riding from Sturbridge to Provincetown in Massachusetts. In the spring and summer months, she enjoys training in the Palisades.

In addition to cycling, Rabbi Val enjoys doing The New York Times crossword puzzle and exploring New York City’s neighborhoods and architecture. Rabbi Val lives in Park Slope with her wife Leah Kopperman.

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