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 move. After discussing it at length with his wife, Sarah, however, they decided this once in a lifetime opportunity would be worth applying for.

The Dolins are always up for an adventure and were interested in a unique cultural experience for their three children; the chance to help rebuild Jewish life in Poland was something they just couldn’t pass up. Very quickly a phone interview was set up with the search committee, and within a day the rabbi and his wife were invited to visit Poland to meet the community.

They traveled to Warsaw in late July and were embraced by the community. During that time, Rabbi Boris helped lead Shabbat services, trying out the Polish he had been studying intensively the prior few weeks, delivered sermons (in English), taught classes, led Tisha B’Av services and met with many community members. Additionally, they participated in a march through downtown Warsaw commemorating the horrifying liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto.

On their final day in Poland, Rabbi Boris was offered the job. Sarah was also offered a position as an English teacher in a bilingual elementary school. However, they were given only a week and a half to pack up and prepare for the move, since the community wanted Rabbi Boris in Poland as soon as possible to plan for the High Holidays. Stand by for further news as their wheels touch down.

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Eugene resident Joseph Lieberman was raised in a kosher home in Boston, Mass. He's visited 55 countries on 6 continents, written 8 books, and published over 700 articles. Contact: gone2oregon@yahoo.com

'Rabbi Boris goes to Poland' have 4 comments

  1. October 14, 2015 @ 10:58 am Libby Bottero

    I loved reading this story by Joe Lieberman about Rabbi Boris and Sarah — great photo too! And I look forward to further updates on their interesting and important work helping to renew Jewish life in Poland. We were blessed with the beloved Dolin family at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene the past four years, and I know Rabbi Boris will make a very positive contribution at Beit Warszawa.


  2. October 15, 2015 @ 1:35 pm Eugene

    Rabbi Boris certainly made wonderful and considerable contributions to Temple Beth Israel. The community in Poland is very lucky to have him and his family.


  3. May 22, 2017 @ 11:19 am HPM

    Rabbi is with us now at Congregation Dorshei Emet – Montreal. He came into our midst with both joy and sadness. Our long standing rabbi had died just days before .. Instead of backing away, Rabbi Boris went into the swirling waters with vigor and humanity. We are so fortunate to have him . His energy is contagious. We can talk to him as an equal. He never looks down on us even if he does not agree with what we say. Always with a smile. Always with a ready joke. A true mensch.


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