Elliot L. Stevens
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Elliot L. Stevens
  • April 11, 1948 - June 21, 2017
  • Montgomery, Alabama

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Rabbi Elliot L. Stevens, soulmate, best friend, loving and devoted husband of Sandy Lynn Stevens and Rabbi at Temple Beth Or in Montgomery, died on June 21, 2017 after a heroic bout with pancreatic cancer. Aside from his wife of 21 years, Rabbi Stevens is survived by his daughter, Sara Zur (Yonah); son, Daniel (Amanda); daughters, Alexandra Eden and Anna Cutter (David); and six grandchildren; brothers, Rabbi Michael (Judy) and Robert, Esq. (Lynn). His family included dogs, birds, fish and a chinchilla. Rabbi Stevens served as spiritual leader from 2007 of Temple Beth Or, Montgomery's oldest Jewish congregation. Established in 1852, Temple Beth Or is affiliated with the Reform Movement, the liberal wing of Judaism.
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 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. 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 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 is past president of Interfaith Montgomery, and has taught as adjunct professor at Huntingdon College. He participated in the National Security Forum and Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in 2012 and is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery. His passion was teaching, preaching and ministering to his congregation, and he always felt truly blessed to be part of such an outstanding community.
Funeral services will be announced at a later date.