Sam Lieberman Memorial
Photo Credit: Audrey Dempsey
BARUCH DAYAN EMET
Sam Lieberman Memorial Fund
and “Book of Life”
With the untimely passing of Regent Sam Lieberman, Nevada has lost a giant force for good. His quiet but eloquent demeanor demonstrated an unending drive to bring peace and cooperation to the community, to advocate for the disabled, to support the students, to support the Democratic party, and to show genuine friendship with people who were of all political and religious beliefs. All this work stemmed from his deep Jewish faith.
As we observe the flags flying at half-mast, we remember that Mr. Lieberman’s huge heart embraced everyone he met. It seemed that “everyone knew Sam, and Sam knew everyone.”
He had a mind that explored the world. His love of education and loyalty to UNLV led to his service on the Board of Regents. His advocacy for people with disabilities led to his work with Nevada Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP), HELP of Southern Nevada, the Alzheimer’s Association, and service on the Democratic Party’s commission on people with disabilities. He traveled a great deal: to Washington, D.C. as past State Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party, to the Midwest, as a member of the Board of Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute, to Carson City, in support of the Nevada System of Higher Education. At the same time he was deeply involved in many local organizations including the Board of Directors of the Jewish Family Service Agency. With an irrepressible sense of humor and without complaint, he dealt with his own body’s limitations, (He referred to himself as “a sit-down comedian.”) demonstrating that his challenges could inspire others to unite for good.
He chose to practice his faith at a place that specializes in inclusiveness, where he worked tirelessly to keep it strong. With his passing, Congregation P’nai Tikvah (CPT) has lost its President of the Board and lay-leader of many years. Congregation P’nai Tikvah, meaning faces of hope, reflects Sam’s philosophy of standing for educating, inspiring, encouraging, and elevating one another along each person’s spiritual journey. CPT is unique in Las Vegas in that it affirmatively reaches out to many who are uncomfortable in traditional synagogues: those who are single or whose children have grown; people with disabilities; people whose partners are not so comfortably welcome in traditional synagogues; people seeking rigorous adult education in an egalitarian context; people who want creative experiential education for their children in its “Jewlicious Learning” program; people who are valued for their contribution of spirit, regardless of their financial position.
When CPT met for virtual Shabbat services Friday night, it was clear that its members were deeply saddened by Sam’s passing. They carved out time to talk about how much he meant to each one individually. One of the children advised us: “Don’t cry too much; Sam wouldn’t have liked it.” So we are holding back our tears and putting these feelings to work for good, as Sam would have wanted us to do. The congregation wishes to assemble a virtual “Book of Life,” in this case the life of our beloved President. CPT is asking the greater Nevada community to send us their thoughts, photographs, and anecdotes about Sam along with permission to publish them in some form with their name or anonymously. We will find an appropriate way to share these thoughts, in due course, with his family, his fellow congregants, and the wider community.
Donations and/or submissions to the Book of Life can be sent to:
Congregation P’Nai Tikvah
PO Box 370088 Las Vegas, NV 89137
702( 436-4900 )
Sam Leiberman’s Memorial Service
Thanks to Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services –
Congregation sets up fund, remembrance for Sam Liberman
“Congregation P’Nai Tikvah is setting up a memorial fund and remembrance for University Regent Sam Lieberman, who died Friday at age 58.
“Nevada has lost a giant force for good,” according to a news release from the Las Vegas congregation where Lieberman was the president of the board and lay leader.
‘His quiet but eloquent demeanor demonstrated an unending drive to bring peace and cooperation to the community, to advocate for the disabled, to support the students, to support the Democratic party, and to show genuine friendship with people who were of all political and religious beliefs. All this work stemmed from his deep Jewish faith.’ “ Read More Here!
…In Loving Memory of Sam Lieberman
Nevada PEP is mourning the loss of our very own PEPper, Sam Lieberman. Sam was a strong advocate in the Disability Movement and for education. As a long time Board member for Nevada PEP, Sam dedicated his time and his talents to families of children with disabilities.
Sam’s Family and Friends Remember
Read the outpouring for Sam in photos and words on his Facebook Page