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Rabbi Lief Will Explore Winter Holiday Symbols

Rabbi Joshua Lief

WHEELING — Ohio County Public Library’s next Lunch With Books livestream program at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 8, will feature Rabbi Joshua Lief, who will present “A light in the Darkness: Comparative Winter Holiday Symbols.

Rabbi Lief will tell online viewers about various winter holiday traditions, including a description of Hannukah for non-Jews. Rabbi Lief is the rabbi of historic Temple Shalom — the very same congregation where he grew up — in Wheeling.

As a youngster, he was active in all sports, music and was an Eagle Scout. He attended Princeton University, where he graduated with a degree in history. After Princeton, Rabbi Lief attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. After living in Jerusalem for the first year of the seminary, he completed his studies at HUC-JIR’s campus in Cincinnati, where he was ordained as a Rabbi in May of 2003.

Lief is inspired to serve as the Rabbi of Temple Shalom, enabling him to give back to the congregation and to the city. Having moved away for college, Lief is proud to have returned so the next generation of the Lief family can grow up in this special place. Since returning to Wheeling, Rabbi Lief has been active in the city’s current revitalization efforts through support of the arts, business development, our parks, public education and interfaith engagement.

For more information about the livestreaming Lunch With Books programs, visit www.ohiocountylibrary.org or visit the Ohio County Public Library’s official Facebook page.

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