NORWALK – Lieba and Steve Lander of Stamford will be honored by the Norwalk Chapter of Hadassah at a fundraiser to be held on Sunday, May 22 at the home of Sharon and Ken Sobel in Wilton.
The Landers moved to Norwalk in 1969 shortly after their marriage, when Steve Lander took the position of youth director at the Norwalk Jewish Community Center. They have worked side-by-side as volunteers ever since.
Lieba served as Women’s Division chair of Norwalk UJA Federation during the same two-year period that Steve served as campaign chair. While Steve worked at the Stamford JCC – first as youth director and later as program director and then executive director – Lieba volunteered at the agency, helping in programming and fundraising. While Lieba served as president of Congregation Beth El Norwalk Sisterhood, Steven served as President of Beth Israel Synagogue. The two also served together on the board of Congregation Beth El.
In 1975, Steve left the JCC to found Amazing Stores along with David Lenore. In 2000, he returned to Jewish communal work as executive director of Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford. For the past four years he has served as the executive director of Temple Beth El in Stamford.
For the past 16 years, Lieba has served as a teacher in the Gan Yeladim Preschool in Stamford, where for the past two years she has also served as resource coordinator. Previously, Lieba worked in infection control at Norwalk Hospital and as department manager at Amazing Stores.
Long active in Hadassah, Lieba recently completed a three-year term as region president of the Connecticut Region of Hadassah, after having served in many positions on the organization’s board. She also served as president of the Norwalk chapter for several terms and as fundraising vice president, program vice president and Young Judaea chair of the Norwalk Chapter. She is now nominated for a three-year elected term on the National Board.
In addition to her volunteer work at Hadassah, Lieba has served on the board of Family and Children’s Agency and worked closely with its adoption program. She currently volunteers with Friendship Circle of Chabad in Stamford. Steve has served on the board of the Human Services Council.
Among their many tributes, the couple were honored by Israel Bonds; Steve was honored by Catholic Family Services, American Red Cross and American Cancer Society; and last year, Lieba was honored as Woman of the Year by Chabad of Stamford.
Hadassah runs in their family. Steve’s mother served as president of the CT Valley Chapter of Hadassah and their daughter Deborah is now serving her third year as president of her Hadassah chapter in Kfar Saba, Israel.
Steven and Lieba have three children, Joshua and daughter-in-law Jill, Deborah and son-in-law Omry, and Karen; and three grandchildren, Ari, Evan and Eliav.
For further information on the Lander’s tribute contact Michelle Fanwick or (203) 834-1616 or Ellen Donen, or 203-847-5667.