Elizabeth "Liz" Cooper, Director

Elizabeth “Liz” Cooper has been dedicated to and involved in CBST’s work for over 25 years. Deeply rooted in the community of CBST, Liz served as co-chair of the Senior Rabbi Search Committee alongside Kenneth Karpel, steering efforts to identify CBST’s next spiritual leader. Liz’s commitment to social justice spans decades, including roles such as Co-chair of the Social Justice Committee and Chair of the Marriage Equality Task Force. At CBST, Liz has spoken at Red Ribbon/AIDS Shabbat, integrating advocacy with personal experiences within the Jewish context.

Beyond CBST, Liz’s contributions extend to various roles: serving on the International Advisory Board of the Association of Civil Rights in Israel, as a Board Member of the New Pride Agenda, and holding leadership positions in legal associations advocating for LGBTQ+ rights. Liz’s professional journey includes significant legal roles, such as a Skadden Fellow and Staff Counsel at the ACLU HIV/AIDS Project.

Specializing in fundraising, law, and strategic planning, Liz has actively supported diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, including chairing the DEI Committee at Fordham Law School. Liz’s work on the Board is driven by a profound commitment to its future, grappling with questions of inclusivity, community engagement, and sustainable growth as we navigate the evolving landscape of LGBTQ+ rights and Jewish identity.

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