Rabbi David Greenspoon
Shalom! I’m Rabbi David Greenspoon and it is my privilege to serve Congregation Sha’are Shalom as its rabbi. Previously I have served congregations in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania and enjoyed teaching middle and high school students full time in a Jewish day school. I feel the great gift the pulpit rabbinate offers like no other calling is the opportunity to be invited into people’s lives for their moments of sorrow and their times of celebration. I love to teach, and have been blessed to see faces light with joy while learning with students from age 3 to age 103.
My congregational work has offered many opportunities to serve the larger Jewish and general community. A deep personal passion and major focus of my rabbinic civic engagement is interfaith programming for education and dialogue. I am especially interested in how neighbors and faith communities can model working together “in the world” to make the Presence of the Holy Blessed One more real in our world and in our lives. I’ve been honored to serve in leadership roles for rabbinic and interfaith clergy councils, work on numerous Federation task forces and committees, and participate in community boards including the Patient Care Ethics Committee at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA. I have long been an out and proud ally for LGTBQ+ people, and have been a Keshet rabbi since its inception.
Currently I am deeply committed to the pioneering and sacred work of the Shoah Forensics Art Institute, and serve on its Advisory Council as Rabbi & Educator. I also am an enlisted veteran of the United States Navy, and a former Naval Reserve chaplain. My personal blog is Views from Outside the Box. For conversations and topics more focused on Israel, you can follow the blog I maintain on The Times of Israel. My newest blog can be found here on the synagogue web site.
Beyond my professional interests I enjoy playing mandolin, hearing live music, spending time in natural settings, and Costa Rican coffee. Anne, Miles, and Micah especially enjoy our family vacations visiting friends up in the Berkshires, or wherever the next beach playing Jimmy Buffett 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.