RIETS Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Dr. Zevulun (Sidney Z.) Lieberman z”l (YC 51, RIETS 54, FGS 59) passed away this week and wiil be remembered fondly by community members were his students and campers at Hillel Day School, Ramaz Yeshiva, and Camp Massad. “Rabbi Zevulan (Sidney) Lieberman was an outstanding Jewish educator and pulpit rabbi who positively touched the hearts of thousands of students and congregants over the years. His son Hillel was martyred saving Torah scrolls from Kever Yosef during the second Intifada. He leaves behind a legacy of love for Israel, the Jewish people and the Torah, “ said Yoel Moskowitz who was a camper at Camp Massad.
Rabbi Lieberman’s illustrious career also included his tenure as head of both the Syrian Community Bet Din and the Vaad Harabonim of Flatbush. He was the revered senior Rabbi (and later Rabbi Emeritus) of Congregation Beth Torah in Brooklyn for over 52 years.
Prior to his tenure at Hillel, Rabbi Lieberman, an erudite historian, arrived at Yeshivah of Flatbush in 1954 and served as High School Administrator, Assistant Principal and Acting Principal and then Principal of General Studies until he ended his tenure in 1966. He was an integral contributor to the development of the Joel Braverman High School from its founding days. He continued in the field of Jewish education as Headmaster of the Ramaz School and Principal of Hillel Day.
Most recently he held the Maxwell R. Maybaum Memorial Chair in Talmud and Sephardic Codes (Halacha) at RIETS.
In October 2000, Rabbi Lieberman his son Hillel HYD was tragically murdered by a Palestinian mob on his way to Kever Yoseph.
Condolences to his wife Bracha, his daughters Tehila and Eliora, his brother Hon. Paul Lieberman and the entire family.