PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Pleasantville Community Synagogue's Rabbi Mark Sameth was named to The Jewish Daily Forward's list of Most Inspiring Rabbis .
Sameth, 60, was nominated by a dozen people for the distinction.
The Pleasantville Community Synagogue is one of the smallest temples in Westchester, though it brings in members from all over the county and of all different backgrounds.
Sameth told The Daily Voice last year that the temple has an open-door policy and widely accepts new members, some of whom may practice another religion. Each Sunday, the synagogue holds a two hour course titled “Introduction to Judaism,” which is for non-practicing members to learn more about the religion.
“No matter what religion you practice, people need a sense of community,” Sameth said at that time. “You can meet people here that you otherwise would have never met before and you develop relationships, and that’s all good.”
Sameth is one of 36 rabbis named to the list. Thirty-six is a significant number in the Jewish religion, signifying twice 18, or Chai, which is the Hebrew word for life.
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