Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Rabbi Lebow’s OPUS, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 18, was pushed to July 18th. The virtual event celebrated the official retirement of Cobb County community leader and religious leader of Temple Kol Emeth, Rabbi Steven Lebow. The special event celebrated Rabbi Lebow’s 30+ years of his dedicated service to both members and friends of Temple Kol Emeth in East Cobb. Due to the pandemic, the meals and special tribute books were provided for guests as takeout, and then everyone got home to log in to the online “Rabbi Lebow’s Opus” event, which included live singers, performance by Nefesh Mountain and pre-recorded congratulations from former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes and Monsignor Patrick Bishop (aka “Father Pat”). More than 400 congregant families participated.


Rabbi Steven Lebow gives his remarks during the virtual “Rabbi Lebow’s Opus” event.

“Rabbi Lebow has built an inclusive Jewish community that truly stands for something, and I’m eager to help existing members and new unaffiliated families find spirituality, connect and help to repair the world, shared Rabbi Lawrence “Larry” Sernovitz, who succeeds the retiring Rabbi Steven Lebow.

Lebow will become the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Kol Emeth, conducting occasional sermons at the synagogue. He also plans to continue service through teaching, writing and lending his rabbinic expertise to smaller regional congregations.

This article originally appeared in the August issue. You can access the digital August edition HERE.