Warmly welcomed by Congregation Beth El, Rabbi Avi Libman joined the synagogue in 2004.
The son of a pulpit rabbi, Libman always knew he would one day follow in his father's footsteps, because he saw firsthand the influence a dedicated spiritual leader can have on people's lives.
Upon graduation from college he sojourned into the world of business, realizing that his ultimate goal was, indeed, the world of the rabbinate. "I reiterated my earlier hopes until the period when I would be ready to follow my dream," he said recently. "I always knew I'd come back to it, but I wanted to reach that point when I was completely ready to accept the challenge."
Accepting "the challenge" meant that Libman had set priorities for himself as a Rabbi, among which is his desire to combat Jewish illiteracy. "I want to unlock the beauty of our tradition and make it accessible to everyone," he said. "I want to see myself as a key."
Having been a student at the Ziegler Rabbinical School at the University of Judaism, the future Rabbi Libman gives full credit to his learning period for inspiration to enter the area of synagogue leadership as Associate Rabbi to Senior Rabbi, Philip Graubart and to give the congregants the benefits of such knowledge. Interning at Congregation Ner Tamid in Palos Verdes and serving in the U.S. Navy Chaplaincy Corps has enhanced his rabbinical career.
Among some of his duties at Beth El: teaching, developing adult education programs, spiritual counseling, working with
teenagers, developing services for the ill and bereaved, and leading worship services.