Rabbi Abe Lebovic joined Congregation Beth Israel in August of 2018. Prior to CBI, he was the Ritual Director at Park Avenue Synagogue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for five years, where he did everything from leading prayer services to teaching adult education. He also taught the Derekh Torah course at the 92Y during this period.
Rabbi Lebovic has the unique experience of growing up and being educated in the Orthodox world of intense Jewish scholarship and observance, and also working in the more liberal denominations of Conservative, Reform, and Renewal Judaism. He tries to bring that eclectic spirit to his pulpit and interactions with other Jews, and believes that all Jews are essentially trying to get to the same place, but that they all do it at their own pace. He tries to meet each person where they are, and to help them grow in their spiritual quest.
Rabbi Lebovic started his Jewish studies very early in his life, and studied many of the Jewish Classic texts intensely until his mid-twenties. Concurrently and subsequently, he also studied for a B.A. in psychology and Judaic studies at Touro College (2004), and then received an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in 2006. He has worked in journalism at several national publications and in PR/marketing at Jewish National Fund. He has also studied acting and improv at several leading schools in New York City, and still enjoys “acting truthfully under imaginary circumstances,” believing it makes him a more spiritual person.
Rabbi Lebovic has traveled widely in various Rabbinical roles to assist Jewish communities (some highlights are Russia; Australia; England; and Slovakia), and spent two summers visiting Jewish inmates in prisons across the United States.
Rabbi Lebovic received his ordination from the Rabbinical Academy of Mesifta Adas Wolkowitz, and is a member of the OHALAH Association of Rabbis.
He is proud to lead CBI, and is looking forward to helping the community grow and flourish.