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Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Alvin Lieberman


Date and Time

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM


Memorial Park Cemetery
9900 Gross Point Road
Skokie, Illinois 60076


Rabbi Michael Siegel
Anshe Emet Synagogue

Send Shiva

We invite you to record a video, sharing a story or memory of Alvin Lieberman. Your private recording will only be shared with the family.

Memorial Contributions

Jewish Learning Institute of Metropolitan Chicago
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School


The family will be sitting Shiva in the backyard at the Lieberman's home.
9640 Lowell, Skokie Illinois 60076

Visitation and Shiva schedule is as follows:
Visitation 8/11 Tuesday 5:30-8:00 pm Mincha/Maariv starting at 7 pm
Visitation 8/12 Wednesday 5:30-8:00 pm Mincha/Maariv starting at 7 pm
Visitation 8/13 Thursday 5:30-8:00 pm Mincha/Maariv starting at 7 pm

To keep everyone safe, the family is limiting the amount of people attending at one time. If the capacity looks to be around 50 upon your arrival please stop in, say hello and be prepared for a short visit. There will be no food or restrooms available. Masks are required.

Shiva will continue privately on the following dates and times weather permitting. Attendance is welcome on these dates with an RSVP to or via text to 773-844-5093. For meal planning and arrangement please contact Rebecca Lieberman at

8/13 Friday 5:30-7:30 pm
8/16 Sunday 5:30-7:30 pm
8/17 Monday 5:30-7:30 pm

Memorial Contributions

Jewish Learning Institute of Metropolitan Chicago
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School


Alvin Lieberman, age 81
July 2, 1939 - August 8, 2020

Beloved husband of Arleen nee Kersten. Loving father of Saul (Laura) Lieberman, Shoshana (Albert) Whortenberry and David (Rebecca) Lieberman. Proud grandfather of Boaz, Caleb, Asa, Aidan, Avery, Asher, Matan, Meira and Akiva. Dear brother of the late Berton Lieberman and the late Sydney (Adrienne) Lieberman.

Al (Alvin, Alvie, Pa, Poppy) was a lifelong artist, photographer and educator. He was active, loving, affectionate, and funny. Al was fascinated by the night sky and could talk about many subjects from art to sports to Mozart. He had a wide range of interests including tennis, pottery, massage, astronomy, chess, fishing, sailing, darts, microscopes, poetry, painting, and music, all of which he shared generously and passionately with his nine grandchildren. He started swimming in Lake Michigan as a kid and was always drawn to the lake and ocean. He took thousands of photos, beginning in the late 60's during his hippie days, and he continued recording life everywhere he went. A collection of his photos are in The Museum of Modern Art and The Smithsonian. His wanderlust nature had him traveling far and wide before settling in Skokie. He had boundless curiosity and answered every calling he had in life, leaving him with a well rounded character that goes unmatched. Al grew up in Albany Park and graduated Roosevelt High School, class of 1957. He played offensive guard for the school football team all four years and was the captain of the varsity team. He was a medic in the Army and continued to serve in the reserves from 1958 to 1965. He was a long time arts and crafts director at Camp Chi, and an art teacher at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, retiring in 2006. He died at home surrounded by his family. His photographs can be viewed at and the Smithsonian

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to:
Jewish Learning Institute of Metropolitan Chicago

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website at We invite you to record a video, sharing a story or memory of Alvin Lieberman. Your private recording will only be shared with the family. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


We encourage you to share your personal
condolences and stories of Alvin Lieberman below and
we will share them with the family.

Bette Polakow

i did not know Al but started having lunch with Arleen many months ago and want to wish her and her beautiful family my condolences. He sounds like a wonderful person and I hope all the good memories bring a smile to the family in sharing the beauty of those times. hugs, bette polakow

Mitchell and Lois Kersten-Martin

We have one more Angel in Heaven. Is there a Heaven, we like to think so.

eugene shifrin

To Arlene and Tante Lola....Expressing my deepest sympathy on the passing of Alvie, who was my neighbor twice, on Leland Ave, Chicago and on Dodge Ave, Evanston. All blessings.

Susan Donley-Klein

I remember Al and family from the late 70's/ early 80 Camp Chi days. What a beautiful family! Watching the kids grow up at camp - helping Al in the dark room - long walk and talks with Arlene. You will be missed Al. May your memory be a blessing.

Nancy St. Onge

I am sorry that I never met Al. I do want to express my sympathy to Arlene and the family. So very sorry for your loss.

Larry Kaminsky

I had the pleasure of working with Al at Camp Chi. As a camper, Al was a living legend. So much of what the Arts & Crafts center was, was because of Al. His passion...His curiosity...His sincerity, will always be remembered and appreciated. May his memory be a blessing.

Colleen Hanna haley Baldwin

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs

Ron and Fran Levin

We have fond memories of Al & Arlene and the time our families spent together at Camp Chi in the early 80's. Al was fun, talented, passionate and creative; he touched the lives of many children at camp and throughout his life. Being such a tight knit family is a true blessing that you will hold in your hearts forever. We send our sincere condolences and wish you beautiful memories forever. Peace and love to you.

Nita Smayrabunya

I remember growing up with Shana (since Jr. High) and I always had fond memories of Al (I always go by Mr. Lieberman). He had the coolest art studio. I was always in awe of all his art supplies, artwork and photography. I thought "how cool" and especially cooler to be able to teach all of that. One day I remember I was assembling a bagel at their home or Shana's but he looked at my bagel "masterpiece" and said that's a nice looking one (nodding with his distinct bearded smile).

Melissa Levin

Dear Arleen, Saul, Shana, David and family, I wanted to send my deepest condolences on the passing of Al. I have very fond memories of all of you from way back in the day and, though many years have passed since our days at Chi, I always remember those great times and have always felt so much love for your entire family. I watched/listened to all of your speeches at the funeral (it was a beautiful service), and it's true, Al was WAY ahead of his time. He did most of the "modern" things before any of us were even born. From diets to yoga to growing pot (haha) "and every single thing in between" he was clearly a brilliant man who was very much in touch with the world and life. The poems you all read and the stories you and all your kids told were beautiful, heartwarming, and inspiring in every way. I admire him very much, and I wish the rest of the people in this world could be more like him. What an unbelievable father, grandfather, husband and person he was. It's no wonder you all have so much love for each other. "This family", indeed. You are so lucky and blessed to have had him in your life and to have each other to lean on now. I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss. Sending tons of love and the hugest hugs from an old Chi friend. So much love to you all. Love, Melissa Levin

Sharon Schneider Shapiro

I am so sorry for your loss! Al was the best. I have such fond memories of him and his entire family at Camp Chi. I always loved the incredible photograph he took of all of us SITs of 1982. We loved it and it remains the only photo on all the plaques in the dining hall. My friends and I will forever cherish the memories he created for us. Al was my favorite not only because he was so warm and friendly, but also because he taught me how to make leather moccasins!!! I am sending Arleen, Saul, Shana, and David my heartfelt condolences and sincere sympathy. May his name always be for a blessing.
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