Rabbi Stevens served as spiritual leader of Temple Beth Or, Montgomery’s oldest Jewish congregation until his untimely death in June, 2017. Established in 1852, Temple Beth Or is affiliated with the Reform Movement, the liberal wing of Judaism. Rabbi Stevens has held this position since July 1, 2007.
Prior to moving to Montgomery, Rabbi Stevens served as Associate Executive Vice President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) in New York, the international professional rabbinic association of the Reform Movement, a position he held for 32 years following his ordination in 1975. He directed the CCAR’s publications program, ran conferences and conventions throughout North America and in Israel, managed a scholarly quarterly, served as a “rabbi’s rabbi” to his colleagues, and parliamentarian to his organization.
Following his move to Montgomery, Rabbi Stevens has served on the Board of the Montgomery Area Food Bank; the Community Council of River Region United Way and the Board of the Montgomery Chorale. He served on the Advisory Board of the UAB Health Center in Montgomery, and for five years chaired the Selection Committee for the River Region Ethics in Business Award. Rabbi Stevens serves as co-chair of Interfaith Montgomery, and since 2008 has been an adjunct professor at Huntingdon College. He participated in the National Security Forum at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in 2012 and participated in Leadership Montgomery in 2012 – 2013. He and his wife Sandy Lynn have four children [ages 19 to 39].
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