Brent Spodek was one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis in 2013. Who inspired him? Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, who taught him meditation.
Pete Seeger was a global iconic voice of justice. To Rabbi Brent Spodek, he was the guy waiting on line at the post office in upstate Beacon, N.Y. — or strumming his guitar at the shul.
When our synagogue, Beacon Hebrew Alliance, took on a community-wide listening campaign about two years ago, food quickly emerged as an important issue. Some of us were locavores, committed to eating regionally produced food; some were Jewish traditionalists, committed to eating kosher certified food, and some of us were lapsed vegetarians, some of us were price conscious and some had yet other commitments.