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Rabbi Adam Watstein

Young, progressive, articulate and inspired are words used to describe Rabbi Adam Watstein.  His early Jewish identity was shaped by his years growing up in  Sharon, Massachusetts, then the American town with the highest Jewish density.  His rabbinic career has already taken him to the West and the Southeast.  

Rabbi Watstein became the spiritual leader of B’nai Aviv after receiving smicha from the Jewish Theological Seminary, in New York.  He then served as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom in Las Vegas.  In July 2012, he assumed the bima at B’nai Aviv, where his deep spirituality, passion, energy, and advocacy have formed the template for Jewish leadership.  His rabbinate has moved the congregation into the forefront of Jewish communal organizations in South Florida.

A fervent believer in “experiential Judaism”, Rabbi Watstein professes Judaism as a way of life, enabling us to live more meaningful and extraordinary lives.  His sermons and YouTube videos are profoundly inspirational.  As a teacher of both children and adults, he brings historical insights and a unique perspective to a broad spectrum of subjects.

Programming and social action are particular strengths of Rabbi Watstein. He developed and implemented a year-long, family project called the Kehillah Club, which has benefitted Jewish and non-Jewish organizations. Our Kehillah families have participated in a “Library Night”, bringing books to Hispanic children with limited means and “Light the Light”, an annual event for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  They visited the Daniel Cantor Center, spending time with seniors and collecting their memories, and hosted a “Special Olympics” game day.  Additionally, Rabbi Watstein has inaugurated other successful and well attended programs such as the High Holy Day Seminar, weekly Torah Talk, and Tot Shabbats.

Rabbi Watstein’s articulate speaking style and his ardent commitment to Judaism have resulted in frequent requests for him to speak publicly.  He has graced the podium at a Jewish National Fund breakfast with the JNF’s national spokesman, actor Hal Linden.  AIPAC often benefits from his fervent dedication to the State of Israel.  He spoke at a community event to rally support for Israel during the conflict in Gaza.

B’nai Aviv is very fortunate to have Rabbi Watstein as the spiritual leader of our diverse and growing family.  We are additionally blessed by the involvement of his wife and the presence of their children.  As a congregation, we look forward to fulfilling our mission and realizing our vision for the Jewish community under Rabbi Watstein’s astute guidance.

Please visit the Rabbi on Facebook, see hisYoutube Channel videos, and email him at rabbiadamwatstein@bnaiaviv.org

Cantor William Lieberman

A beloved and longtime member of B’nai Aviv’s clergy, William Lieberman is celebrated for his warmth, compassion, and supportive nature over the past eighteen years. He touches the lives of every child and member of the congregation, from pre-school students to our elders.  We join the Hazzan in commemorating the 35th anniversary year of his cantorial investiture from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America [JTS]. 

At B’nai Aviv, “Cantor Bill” (as he is affectionately called) helps build a strong religious and spiritual foundation for our children and adults. He enjoys celebrating bar and bat mitzvahs along with all the special milestones reached by students and families.  Hazzan Lieberman is a reassuring presence in times of both joy and loss, frequenting supporting families through shiva.

Cantor Lieberman is also distinguished by his many academic achievements.  A Brooklyn native, he is a graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School. He earned a Bachelors of Arts degree from Brooklyn Collegewith a concentration in music performance; a Masters of Arts degree in music therapy from Teachers College, Columbia University. Additionally, JTS awarded him a Bachelor of Sacred Music, Diploma of Hazzan and an honorary Doctor of Music degree. A lyric baritone trained in the art of classical vocal music, he took voice instruction at the Juilliard School with Elizabeth Bishop. Hazzan Lieberman is a recipient of JTS’ prestigious Hazzan David Putterman Lifetime Achievement Award for exemplary service. 

A consummate professional, Hazzan Lieberman takes pride in his thirty-five year membership in the Cantors Assembly, the international organization of Conservative cantors.  He chaired the New Jersey and Southeast Regions of the Assembly; served on its national executive council; co-chaired the 2014 national convention in Weston, Florida; and currently serves on the Assembly’s awards and ethics committees.  He is proudly featured on two CD recordings (The Spirit of Israel II and The Best of the Spirit Series) jointly produced by the Cantors Assembly and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Cantor Lieberman demonstrates a strong commitment to both the Jewish and the general communities.  He is a regular attendee of the City of Weston’s Clergy Breakfast Bunch.  The Hazzan leads a bi-monthly birthday Shabbat program at The David Posnack Hebrew Day School, where he served on the board of directors.  He participates in community-wide ecumenical and civic events and helped coordinate the Weston Area Crop Walk to fight local and world hunger.                      

During the summers, Cantor Lieberman delights in his position as cantor-in-residence at Camp Poyntelle-Lewis Village, an overnight JCC camp in the Pocono Mountains.  His hope is to nurture a legacy of love for Judaism and Jewish music by instilling a sense of joy and appreciation of the arts in all of the campers.

Cantor Lieberman often performs in concert with his South Florida colleagues.  He was twice featured in the Kultur Festival, a scholarly celebration of Jewish music and arts sponsored by Florida Atlantic University.  He has performed as a soloist numerous times at the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial’s annual Yom HaShoah and Kristallnacht commemorations, often performing with the B’nai Aviv adult and youth choirs.  Highlights of his professional career include singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for a nationally televised New Jersey Nets game and “God Bless America” and “Hatikvah” for the Florida Panthers’ “Jewish Heritage Night”.                                                               

Cantor Lieberman is married to Myra, a kindergarten teacher in Weston and an adjunct instructor at Broward College and Nova Southeastern University.  They have two daughters, Elaina and Leora. Hazzan Dr. William Lieberman continues to make B’nai Aviv a binding force in the community and a strong focal point in the daily lives of our congregation.

 

Sun, December 16 2018 8 Tevet 5779