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Rabbi David Lieber dies at 83

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.

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