Andrew Goodman

Rabbi Ted Falcon

Meditative Reform | Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Rabbi Falcon helped heal the childhood wound in my soul of being “half” Jewish; not quite acceptable in my Jewish family and not understood in my non-Jewish world. This left me feeling intimidated and inauthentic. In 1996, I walked into a Rosh Hashanah service lead by Rabbi Ted. The congregation was warm, happy and engaged. “This is yours” was his message to me almost 20 years ago. Far from the judgmental inquiry into the pedigree of my earlier life. Rabbi Falcon welcomed me into my heritage. He taught me through ancient language, story, humor, meditation and melody. Also, through friendship and social action, that “half” is an illusion. He has inspired my life in many ways. Most importantly, he is a model of how to be a good human being.

—Trudi Sackey and 31 others

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