From Our Rabbi

Dear Friends and Family at Shalom B’harim,

My parents were among the ten families who founded URJ Camp Coleman in 1962-1964. So it was in the summer of 1965 that I first attended Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia.

This is a long-winded way to say, I’ve been going to (and through) Gainesville, Georgia my entire life.

What a fine and splendid thing it is that I now go to Gainesville for a completely different reason! What a delight to now be the Rabbi of Shalom B’harim!

By way of introduction, I have been the full time Rabbi of Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta Georgia for 34 years. It is a congregation of over 400 families.

Now that I have decided to retire from the hustle and bustle of a large congregation I sill want to continue to serve the Jewish community in any way I can. This opportunity to lead services and to teach classes at SBH is right up my alley.

Although it is a shlep (read long distance) of about 60 miles I still look forward to getting to know you and your families.

My personal number is 404-790-8612 and my personal e-mail is Please do NOT hesitate to call or text me I there is anything I can do for you or your families!

Rabbi Steven Lebow


Senior Rabbi of Temple Kol Emeth of Atlanta, 1986-; born Ft. Lauderdale, FLA, March 18, 1955; honors graduate of Kenyon College, Hebrew Union College (MA) and Jewish Institute of Religion (Rabbinical ordination); Assistant Rabbi, Temple Sinai of New Orleans, 1983-1986; Adjunct Professor of American History, University of New Orleans, 1983-1986;Clergyman of the Year of National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1993; Social Action Award of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1994; Social Justice Citation by Clergy and Laity Concerned, 1995; Courage Award, Cobb Citizens Coalition, 1996; Freedom and Justice Award by the Metropolitan Community Churches of America, 1998; has published articles and speeches in The American Rabbi , The Jewish Post and Opinion, and The Christian Science Monitor; articles detailing his social justice activities have appeared in numerous books, including Dixie Rising (1997) and Murder in the Peach State (2000).