Tuesday Jan 23, 2024

Torah to the People #9 - Jimmy Jalenak’s Jewish Journey

In this episode, Rabbi Jeff Dreifus speaks with Jimmy Jalenak. Having served as President of both Temple Israel and the Jr. Congregation, Jimmy has lived a life dedicated to service to the Memphis community. His service to Memphis and Temple Israel were inspired by his Jewish values and upbringing.

Expect to learn about Jimmy’s Jewish journey, the impact Rabbi Wax had on him, his relationship with Rabbi Danziger, and what makes Temple Israel Rabbis unique. Rabbi Dreifus and Jimmy touch on historical moments in Temple’s history, including officiating same-sex marriages in the congregation and the hiring of Rabbi Greenstein. They also discuss Jimmy’s role in the campaign of Fred Davis for Memphis City Council in 1968 and why for Jimmy, having diverse friendships throughout his life has impacted him in a profound way.

Thanks for tuning in!


Opening song - "Let There Be Love" by Noah Aronson; performed by Happie Hoffman

Find sermons, music, conversations between clergy and special guests, and select Temple Israel University (TIU) classes – easily accessible to you through our podcast, Torah to the People.

Learn more about Temple Israel-Memphis at timemphis.org.

Audio Technical support was provided by Ajay Cohen.

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