Rabbi Ari Koretzky, a Kemp Mill resident and director of the campus outreach organization MEOR Maryland, recently launched a podcast featuring notable Jewish personalities in long-form profiles.
“For years I have been bringing exceptional women and men to campus as guest speakers, but at any given time only 30 or maybe 50 or 60 students benefit from them,” explained Rabbi Koretzky. “I thought it would be exciting to feature these kinds of people in a way that would reach a much wider audience.”
Of course, he added, the venture also feeds his own personal curiosity, allowing him to learn from accomplished people who have made an impact in the Jewish world.
“Through my own love of podcasts, I also noticed a dearth of quality Jewish options in an otherwise crowded listening field,” he said. Looking at Rabbi Koretzky’s current lineup, the podcast will be a great step towards addressing that gap. Each episode runs about 35-40 minutes, covering the guest’s biographical background as well as his or her professional achievements and vision for the Jewish future.
To date, six episodes have been released (they “drop,” as the parlance goes, early each Monday morning) featuring: Hillel International President Eric Fingerhut; Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) founder Lori Palatnik; Nobel Prize-winner Robert Aumann; 9/11 survivor Ari Schonbrun; celebrity chef and television producer Jamie Geller; and, last but not least, Malcolm Hoenline, now in his 30th year as a mainstay of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
Upcoming interviews have been scheduled with former Senator Joe Lieberman, Chief Rabbi of South Africa Warren Goldstein, African-American Jewish rapper Nissim Black, and a long list of others.
The podcasts can be accessed in iTunes, Sticther, Soundcloud, and Google Play, and also direct-streamed at the website www.JewsYouShouldKnow.com.