Our Spiritual Leader -- Neal Spevack

When Chavurat Emet was founded, Neal Spevack was the natural choice for taking on the responsibility of spiritual leader.  He had years of experience as a cantor and years of experience as an active participant in the Jewish community including leadership roles in a local synagogue.  However, it is his love of learning, passion for teaching, and his kind, compassionate responsiveness to the needs of others that truly make him a remarkable leader.

Neal was raised in Huntington, New York by a family committed to Judaism, steeped in Jewish rituals and learning philosophy, and dedicated to social justice. He often reflects back to his childhood, sharing fond memories of Jewish life on Long Island and summers at Camp Ramah. Neal graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Economics and entered the family business, Smithtown Concrete.  Neal met his wife, Roseann while participating on a UJA Mission to Israel.  They married within 6 months and shortly thereafter, three more Spevacks arrived, Jesse, Mollie and Nathan. His commitment to the Jewish community and his singing talent became well known as he sang as cantor and led High Holiday Services at various synagogues and donated his time and money to important causes, both Jewish and secular.

Neal is proud of his Jewish heritage and his family.  He has a passion for music and an enthusiasm for skiing and the New York Jets. He often shares his extensive knowledge of science and history in his sermons as he encourages discussion on the content and ideas he so warmly presents.

Albert Einstein reflected on the purpose of man’s existence when he said, “Strange is our situation here upon earth.  Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose.”  Neal’s role as our spiritual leader brought him to the path of rabbinic studies and he now attends the Academy for Jewish Religion. The Chavurat admires this commitment and benefits from the knowledge he so eagerly shares with our membership.  When asked when he will become an ordained rabbi, he responds that he is “on the eternity track.” Our entire Chavurat membership is at his side as he makes each step to what we believe is his divine purpose. 

Neal can be e-mailed in confidence at spiritualleader@chavuratemet.org.