Rabbi David Greenspoon, formerly of Adat Chaim Synagogue, will be running a new independent service in Reisterstown this High Holiday season. Rabbi Greenspoon told the JT that his decision to go solo stemmed from interested former congregants and from not wanting to “go through the process of finding some High Holiday rabbinical position that would keep me distant from my family.”
The service, which will be held at Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church (109 Main Street, Reisterstown), will be “contemporary-traditional, a left-wing, mainstream type of service,” said the rabbi.
Rabbi Greenspoon said there are 50 people already signed up to attend the service, and he expects many more as the date of Rosh Hashanah get closer. He explained that there are less than a handful of other High Holiday services offered in the Reisterstown-Owings Mills area, including those at Temple Emanuel, Har Sinai and Beth Israel congregations and at Chabad of Owings Mills. He said there are many reasons that people would choose not to attend one of these or other close by services, including the price of High Holiday seats, membership requirements or that the service doesn’t speak to them.
“I am looking to offer something cheaper but substantive,” said Rabbi Greenspoon, who said tickets range from $150 to $75 for five holiday services. Children under 13 are free.
“This season is spiritually awe filled and awe inspiring, but too often other things get in the way like politics and fundraising. I don’t have to do those other things,” said Rabbi Greenspoon. “This is a great chance for people who don’t have a regular synagogue membership to connect to the High Holy Days in a warm, welcoming and hopefully meaningful way.”
Rabbi Greenspoon said he is considering offer his service once monthly if there is expressed interest. He said he is interested in “new styles of Jewish community.”
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