Rabbi David Greenspoon

(He/Him/His)

Post-Denominational

Rabbi David Greenspoon

Conversion requirements

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:

Required (Exceptions made for transgender men; supervision is not required.)

Mikvah:

Required (Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, Md.; Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C.; or natural mikvah – A permissible body of water in Baltimore, Md. or surrounding areas)

Beit din:

Required (Egalitarian beit din composed of rabbis, cantors and/or lay leaders)

Conversion location:

Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, Md.

Mentoring sessions available in:

English

Student levels accepted:

Mitzvah, Chai

Conversion requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:

Required (No change)

Mikvah:

Required (No change)

Beit din:

Required (Virtual beit din via video conferencing is also acceptable.)

I am happy to work with

Families with children, People who identify as LGBTQ, People in interfaith or dual-faith relationships

Personal statement

For over 30 years of a relational rabbinate within and beyond the Conservative congregational world, the invitation into people’s lives for their times of celebration and moments of sorrow has been and remains a deep honor and privilege. This pastoral commitment is mirrored in my role as an educator across the entire learning spectrum. It is a joy to intersect regularly both formally and informally with students of all ages and backgrounds. When mentoring people into their accession of Judaism, my goal and mission is to meet every student where they are at and inspire them to want to learn, experience, and engage more fully. This is accomplished by active listening, a good bit of empathy, and a serious sense of humor. (See what I did there?)

I am privileged to be a founding member of the Loudoun Clergy and Faith Leaders Group, and my professional affiliations include the Washington Board of Rabbis and the National Association of Jewish Chaplains. 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 drinking specialty coffee. Vacation destinations include any good beach, visiting friends, 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. You can learn more about me by visiting my website at jewtique.com.

Education

The Jewish Theological Seminary
Smicha (Rabbinical Ordination), Concentration in Hebrew Bible
Master of Arts, Jewish Studies
Bachelor or Arts, Jewish Studies, Jewish History