NEW YORK (JTA) – Rabbi David Lieber, the president emeritus of the American Jewish University, has died.
Lieber died Monday of a lung ailment at his Beverly Hills home, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 83.
The first full-time president of the University of Judaism, Lieber oversaw its development from a small training program for Hebrew teachers into a full-fledged university with undergraduate, graduate and rabbinic training programs. Last year the university was renamed the American Jewish University after merging with the Brandeis-Bardin Institute.
Lieber also was the general editor of Etz Hayim, the Conservative movement’s contemporary Torah commentary.
Born in Poland, Lieber came to the United States as a child and was educated at the City College of New York, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University.