Less than a year after launching the “Jews You Should Know” podcast, Rabbi Ari Koretzky decided to take the show on the road. During his two-week tour of Israel in August, Rabbi Koretzky conducted 25 interviews for the podcast. These episodes, which feature in-depth interviews with exceptional Jewish leaders, will be released one at a time over the next several months.
Originally from Baltimore, Rabbi Koretzky lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his family, and is the executive director of MEOR Maryland at the University of Maryland, College Park. He regularly brings exceptional Jewish leaders to speak to students at MEOR Maryland, and started “Jews You Should Know” in 2017 to bring these speakers to a larger audience. The Israel tour was designed to further expand the podcast’s impact.
“I thought it would be tremendous fun — and create some nice publicity for the show — to take it ‘on the road’ for a few weeks,” Rabbi Koretzky said. “It also allowed me to connect with some guests who otherwise might not have participated via the normal video conference, whether due to logistical issues or insecurities with language barriers in that medium.”
Some of the episodes will be grouped into miniseries based on a common theme. For example, Yehudit Abrams, founder of MonitHer, a breast cancer detection device and Mois Navon, engineer at Mobileye, an advanced driver-assistance system, exemplify the “Start-Up Nation” spirit.
Another common theme was disability services and inclusion. Kalman Samuels (founder of Shalva), Naomi Stuchiner (founder of Beit Issie Shapiro), and Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Doron Almog (founder of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran), all created organizations geared toward Israelis with disabilities. The episode featuring Almog was the first one released, and Rabbi Koretzky described him as “one of the most inspiring people I met.”
The “Jews You Should Know” podcast is available on most major podcast apps including Apple Podcast/iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play. It is also available any time via streaming at www.JewsYouShouldKnow.com.
By Kol HaBirah Staff