Articles by Joseph A. Lieberman


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Leather Goods & Good Will

International traveler, leather virtuoso, philanthropist and entrepreneurial innovator Will Adler dared to dream big. During the past two decades, the Jewish CEO and founder of Will Leather Goods has brought those dreams to fruition in Eugene and Portland, as well as in four other U.S. cities, and soon, overseas. A one-time Shakespearean and Hollywood actor,…

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David Helfand: harmonious harpist

In a lucid dream that occurred a few days before the first anniversary of his mother’s passing, Eugene harpist David Helfand answered a phone to hear his mother say, in a voice gravelly from disuse, “Hey, Sweetie! It’s been quite a trip!” He then entered into a conversation with her until his own voice got…

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Rabbi Boris goes to Poland

Rabbi Boris Dolin has leveraged his considerable contributions at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene to embark on an exciting new opportunity in Warsaw, Poland. The native Oregonian received a job description from a progressive synagogue in Warsaw in early June; he was intrigued, but not sure he and his family could handle such a big…

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Eugene Scene: Free Shakespeare in the Park

William Shakespeare lived in a time when Jewish people in England were still very much outsiders. Works like “The Merchant of Venice” reflect that, yet Shylock’s famous “If you prick us, do we not bleed?” speech demonstrates the complexity of The Bard’s sensitivity to the Jewish situation. What’s never been in dispute is Shakespeare’s genius…

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TBI Eugene Welcomes New Rabbi

This summer will see major transitions in the rabbinical staff at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene. A fresh new face will appear in the person of Rabbi Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein, a musically gifted social activist from Saratoga Springs, NY, and a recent graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Ruhi Sophia has signed on…

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Eugene Scene: Jordan Schnitzer & Art

Earlier this year, Jewish philanthropist Jordan Schnitzer opened another exhibition of works from his collection at his namesake Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. A UO alumnus, he started contributing art to that institution as soon as he graduated. The Portland native recently sat down with OJL to…

Book offers fresh, joyful look at Moses

It’s a gifted writer who can take a subject that we feel is totally familiar and present it in a fresh way that’s not only enlightening and informative, but a joyful read as well. Rabbi Maurice Harris, formerly associate rabbi at Eugene’s Temple Beth Israel, brings to his writing the same mix of wit and…

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