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Joshua Loth Liebman Papers

Identifier: P-636

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains multiple radio addresses and speeches made by Rabbi Liebman on a variety of topics between 1940 and 1947. His topics included Zionism, Judaism, Dr. Chaim Weitzman, Rabbi Stephen Wise, United States Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis and Benjamin Cardozo, as well as matters relating to the positive impact of religion on mind and spirit. The papers are in good condition, and many have draft formats included.


  • 1940-1947


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

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Biographical Note

Joshua Loth Liebman was born in Hamilton, Ohio, on April 7, 1907, to Simon and Sabina (Loth) Liebman. After earning his A.B. from the University of Cincinnati in 1926, Liebman studied at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, and was ordained as a Rabbi in 1930. A scholar and committed Zionist, Rabbi Liebman was also the author of Peace of Mind (1946) as well as a radio commentator on Jewish issues.

In 1939, Rabbi Liebman became the Rabbi of Temple Israel in Boston, and quickly reformed the synagogue's operations. There were no more Sunday services, and Friday night services and Bar Mitzvahs were reinstated. Hebrew was also introduced into services. Rabbi Liebman's focus was on bringing the Jewish people together around Judaism, especially important during the events of World War II.

In addition to Peace of Mind, Rabbi Liebman was also the author of The Religious Philosophy of Aaron Ben Elijah (1939), Hod and the World Crisis- Can we Still Believe in Providence (1941), and Teleology and Attributes in the Philosophy of Maimonides from the Hebrew (1943). He was also a contributer to various magazines and radio shows.

His sudden death on June 9, 1948 sent shock waves throughout the Jewish community. Numerous tributes and memorials were established in his name, but his contributions to the Reform movement remain his legacy.


  1. Who Was Who in America, Volume II (1943-1950). Chicago: The A.N. Marquis Company, 1950.
  2. render="italic">The Jews of Boston


JLL born in Hamilton, Ohio on April 7
Graduates from University of Cincinnati (A.B.)
Lecturer in Greek philosophy and Taft Teaching fellow
Marries Fan Loth on July 4
Student at Hebrew Union College in Palestine, Harvard University and Columbia University
Ordained as Rabbi after graduating from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati
Earns Doctorate of Hebrew Letters
Receives Simon Lazarus Prize for highest academic honors and Youngerman prize for outstanding sermon at Hebrew Union College
Simon Traveling Fellowship in Philosophy
National radio preacher on NBC and ABC
Member of Executive Board of Central Conference of American Rabbis
Member of Committee on Army and Navy Religious Activities
Charles W. Eliot lecturer, Jewish Institute of Religion
Samuel Harris lecturer, Bangor Theological Seminary
Receives Distinguished Service Medal of Phi Beta Kappa
Earns honorary Doctorate from Colby College
Dies on June 9


0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)


This collection contains speeches and lectures in both draft and final form.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition information is unknown.

Processing Information

Reprocessed by Stephanie Call, 2009.

Guide to the Joshua Loth Liebman Papers, P-636
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Processed by Stephanie Call, Schilder Assistant Archivist, made possible by a grant from the Schilder Family Fund. This collection has been digitized, made possible by a grant from the Trustees u/w of Herman Dana.

Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society Repository

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