Rabbi David Greenspoon
Shalom! I’m Rabbi David Greenspoon and it is my privilege to serve Congregation Sha’are Shalom as its rabbi.
My rabbinical work is based on relationships. I feel the greatest gift the pulpit rabbinate is the invitation into people’s lives for their moments of sorrow and their times of celebration. This pastoral commitment is reflected by my role as an educator across the entire congregational learning spectrum. You will regularly see me around the building visiting Training Wheels on a Sunday morning, RUJEC and religious school classrooms, teaching various adult education classes, and personalized learning for adults as they join the Jewish people. It is a joy to intersect regularly both formally and informally across with students of all ages and backgrounds. One thing I especially love about the prayer life of the Congregation is how open it is to music. The regular voices of guitar and mandolin when Morah Laurie joins me on the bimah most Friday evenings lend a special quality to our services and make them even more lovely. Of course, the annual Beatles Shabbat featuring The Yiddles is certainly one of my favorite nights of the year!
Since coming to the congregation I’ve worked in partnership with the lay leadership to connect with larger communal groups and concerns. The Jewish organizations include the Washington Board of Rabbis, the Washington Area Rabbinical Assembly, and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington. In the larger Loudoun County community, I am privileged to be a founding member of the Loudoun Clergy and Faith Leaders Group (formerly the Loudoun Interfaith Clergy Group), currently serve on the Inova Loudoun Chaplaincy Advisory Committee, and represented the JCRC on the initial formation of the Loudoun County Public Schools Ad Hoc Committee on Equity. It has been a blessing to see the congregation emerge more visibly as a leadership institution in the life and concerns of Loudoun County.
Beyond my professional interests I enjoy playing mandolin unplugged or otherwise, hearing live music (especially bluegrass/newgrass/jamgrass and associated music), spending time in natural settings, and specialty coffee. My wife Anne and I enjoy our family vacations on any good beach, visiting friends and the indoor and outdoor offerings of the fabulous Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, spending time in Israel, discovering new destinations, or wherever the next Jimmy Buffett gig might be.
I’d love to say hello at the synagogue, especially on Shabbat, and welcome your emails and calls. I am happy to schedule an appointment to meet with you and look forward to connecting with you soon at Congregation Sha’are Shalom!
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Rabbi Greenspoon is generally available for calls and drop-in visits Tuesday-Friday mornings from 10:00-noon. Afternoon and evening hours Tuesday-Thursday are available by appointment.
If you need to reach me in an emergency and cannot reach me at the synagogue, please call
571-206-8621. Messages on this line are checked on Shabbat and holidays.