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Ep. 216: Live from Phoenix, Rabbis Pinchas Allouche and Shmuly Yanklowitz, and NBA Hall of Famer Paul Westphal

February 20, 2020
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This week we’re bringing you two interviews from our live show at the Valley of the Sun JCC in Phoenix. First up, we get a double shot of rabbinical wisdom from Pinchas Allouche, the founding rabbi of Congregation Beth Tefillah, and Shmuly Yanklowitz, the president and dean of Valley Beit Midrash. They each share the story of their unlikely journey toward becoming a rabbi, and explain how they’re trying to make Judaism accessible to all sorts of Jews today.

Our gentile of the week is NBA Hall of Fame player Paul Westphal. Westphal won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and coached the Phoenix Suns to the NBA Finals in 1993. He tells us about his love of Israel, and brings the hosts one of the thorniest gentile of the week questions ever.

We also have a special treat: Mark and Stephanie’s appearance on Liel’s other podcast, Take One.

Let us know what you think of the show! Email us at [email protected] or leave a message at 914-570-4869.

Come see us on tour!

Feb. 20 – New York City: Stephanie in conversation with authors Goldie Goldbloom and Abby Chava Stein
Feb. 26 – Naples, Florida: Book talk with Stephanie and Mark
March 6 – Amherst, Massachusetts: Stephanie @ Yiddish Book Center
March 12 – Boca Raton, Florida: Book talk with Stephanie and Liel
March 17 – Long Island, New York: Book talk with Stephanie
March 19 – Virginia Beach, Virginia: Unorthodox live show

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Unorthodox is a smart, fresh, fun weekly take on Jewish news and culture hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz. You can listen to individual episodes here or subscribe on iTunes.

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