The LI Law Podcast

Ep 12: Part 1 of 2: Rabbi Susan Elkodsi speaks about how the plastic bag and styrofoam bans reflect Jewish values and whether there is a moral obligation for a business to serve all customers.

September 4, 2019

Welcome to the LI Law Podcast.  We feature legal issues and developments which affect Long Island residents and business owners.  The podcast focuses on Long Island law topics and includes greater New York court and legislative happenings.  If you are one of the approximate 8 million residents of Long Island (Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Kings counties), or want to enjoy all law-related matters on Long Island, this podcast is for you!

Your host, Zehava Schechter, is an attorney admitted to the New York Bar for 30 years.  She concentrates her private practice in estate planning, administration, and litigation; real estate law; contracts, and business formation and dissolution.  If you like this podcast, you may want to look for Zehava’s monthly articles in the Malverne/West Hempstead Herald and the Beacon newspaper.

Our guest on this 12th episode is Rabbi Susan Elkodsi, who serves as the spiritual leader of the Malverne Jewish Center since August, 2015.  Rabbi Elkodsi will speak with us about how the recent New York State, New York City, Nassau County, and Suffolk County’s plastic bag ban and County styrofoam bans reflect Jewish values; and whether there is a moral obligation for businesses to serve the general public regardless of religious or ethical bias.

Rabbi Elkodsi received ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion, Yonkers, NY, which is the first pluralistic rabbinical and cantorial seminary in the United States. Prior to ordination in May, 2015, Rabbi Elkodsi served pulpits in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.  

Rabbi Elkodsi works to help Baby Boomers and older adults find meaning and purpose in their lives with the context of Jewish tradition and teachings, and as part of a Jewish community, in whatever way each individual sees him or herself.  Recently, she completed a Certificate in Gerontology and Palliative Care from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.

Contact information for Rabbi Susan Elkodsi:

Malverne Jewish Center

One Norwood Avenue

Malverne, New York 11565

Tel: 516.593.6364


Thank you, Rabbi Elkodsi, and welcome to the podcast!

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W. Zehava Schechter, Esq. specializes in estate planning, administration and litigation; real estate law; and contracts and business law. Her law practice is located on Long Island.


No podcast is a substitute for competent legal advice.  Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have.