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Temple Israel & JCC

Temple Israel & JCC

Two Congregations, One Community

Temple Israel & JCC

Rabbi Jacob Lieberman


TI & JCC Assistant Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Israel

A California native, Rabbi Jacob Lieberman grew up in Reform and Reconstructionist congregations in his home state. Synagogue, study, and service sparked deep commitments, and he said, “I fell in love with Judaism and the search for meaning, connection, and purpose in our world.”

Rabbi Lieberman previously served as a rabbinic intern in Hillel organizations at Temple University and Swarthmore College, at Temple Beth El, a Reconstructionist congregation in Newark, Delaware, and with LimmudPhilly. At the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the seat of the movement in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, he also served as co-chair of the Student Leadership Campaign, student representative to the Board of Governors and founder of the Transgender and Genderqueer Committee (tGq) in 2010.

Before entering rabbinical school, Rabbi Lieberman spent more than eight years working for economic and social justice. As director of Pride in Action at New York’s Empire State Pride Agenda, he managed a team of program and organizing professionals, developing ally support in faith, labor and business communities. Additionally, he was a lead organizer and business representative in several unions, including SEIU Local 32BJ and Local 6 of the New York Hotel Trades Council. He is a graduate of Barnard College.

As RCBI’s rabbi, he conducts inreach within the RCBI community to foster more engagement among its members, as well as outreach programs to help boost RCBI’s visibility in the wider community throughout Bergen County.


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