Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz, The Cap
May 19, 2016
Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz is married to Carrie and they have one child, Hava. She is a burgeoning artist! He also has three grown children: Avi, Noah and Sara. Currently, Rabbi Liebowitz resides in Spartanburg, South Carolina where he is Rabbi at Temple B’nai Israel. As a youth he was raised Orthodox, and has made an interesting journey to become a reform rabbi. From service as Chaplaincy to the pulpit Rabbi Liebowitz been afforded a great number of opportunities to celebrate our heritage through writing, speaking and music. His great interest in Science Fiction and Paleontology has provided numerous lectures and articles. Prizing interfaith work, such as dialogues with Buddhists and the Christian communities. Rabbi Liebowitz continues to explore how we may extend that discussion with the Islamic faith. Some of that interfaith has been through music. He has formed several folk duos and trios over the years including a collaboration with a Pastor Rabbi duo called “The Cap and the Collar!”
Rabbi Liebowitz has a B.A. in Psychology along with Graduate courses in Psychology and Paleontology. He has recently completed his 35th year in the rabbinate and was awarded his second Doctorate of Divinity by HUC JIR. His many awards and honors reflect his deep involvement in community programs where he has served on several community boards. Many literary works have been published in newspapers and periodicals in Washington and California. Rabbi Liebowitz was the technical editor for Judaism for Dummies and a reference guide for the rest of us. Among several liturgical experiments is Sha-a-rei-Lev Lev “Gates of the Heart”, a prayer book for children and their moms and dads. Rabbi Liebowitz has served as a Rabbi and Cantorial soloist from California to New Jersey and points in between and I take great pride in my heritage.
Temple Website: Congregation B’nai Israel