Upcoming Events

September / October 2022

Free Jewish High Holy Day Gatherings in Loudoun County

MAQOM A Jewish Place Prayer is excited to offer free Jewish High Holy Days services and gatherings for the upcoming 2022 High Holy Day season. Services will be conducted by Rabbi David Greenspoon, and feature a mix of traditional prayers and contemporary takes on the themes of the season. There will be no fundraising, and no politics. Everyone is welcome to attend the gatherings, hosted at the Bahai Community Center in Sterling. The beautiful facility is fully accessible, with plenty of easy on-site parking. Our gathering schedule is:

Monday, September 26th • 10:00-12:00
Rosh Hashanah services with Torah reading, followed by Tashlich at 1:00 at Algonkian Regional Park (tbc) in Sterling.

Tuesday, October 4th • 6:00-6:30
Pre-fast byo picnic dinner (no alcohol please, per contract with our host) followed by Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur evening services, 6:30-8:00.

Wednesday, October 5th • 10:00-12:00
Yom Kippur morning services with Torah reading, including Yizkor remembrances.

The generosity of an anonymous donor allows everyone who wishes to join the gathering without concern for a ticket. Our only constraint is the beautiful sanctuary’s limited seating capacity; there are less than 300 seats total in the sanctuary. We want to make sure that your seat is ready for you; we ask that you register to help us welcome everyone. You will be able to indicate which of the gatherings you wish to attend, and let us know how many will be joining you. Please feel free to reach out to Rabbi Greenspoon with any questions at jewtique@gmail.com

Click on the register button to register for any of the 3 High Holy Day events.

October 27 – November 4, 2023

Adult Trip to Israel

Travel to Israel with Rabbi David Greenspoon and Cantor Debbi Ballard!

Adult Travel to Israel, featuring immersive and transformative experiences, focusing on the beauty and complexity of Israel. The level of personalization of this trip, and the partnership of an amazing cantor/rabbi team, just cannot be beat. Four-star accommodations (more like 4.5/5 at Carlton Tel Aviv, Inbal in Jerusalem, northern guest houses) for nine days. Pricing and itinerary currently in development!

I am excited to partner with Cantor Debbi Ballard (www.mypersonalcantor.com) to offer this amazing Israel travel opportunity.

June 2024 (Date TBD)

Family Friendly B’nei Mitzvah Travel

Travel to Israel with Rabbi David Greenspoon and Cantor Debbi Ballard!

A multi-generational, family trip for every first-timer and beyond. Interactive, family experiences are the foundation of this trip. Everyone will be engaged by the activities in body, mind, and spirit. A joyous bar/bat mitzvah celebration at the Davidson Center is the highlight of this incredible trip! Details coming this Fall.

I am excited to partner with Cantor Debbi Ballard (www.mypersonalcantor.com) to offer this amazing Israel travel opportunity.

Rabbi Greenspoon is incredibly easy to work with while your child prepares for his/her B’nai Mitzvah. He understands that not all children learn or understand things in the same way. My daughter had multiple challenges in accessing the material. He ensured that she had a translation of her Torah portion that was interesting and understandable. As they worked through the portion he understood that writing a typical drash was not her strength and encouraged her to put her artistic and design sense to work, creating a beautiful poster. He ensured she did her best and allowed her parents to just be the parents both before her big day and during the day itself.

— Elyann Katz, Sterling, VA

Rabbi Greenspoon made our son’s Bar Mitzvah a meaningful and transformative experience, not only for our son, but for our entire family as well. Through his kind, individualized, and supportive approach, Rabbi Greenspoon helped Eric write an insightful D’var Torah. He also ensured that Eric was confidently able to read his Torah portions and lead most of the service that Shabbat morning. With Rabbi Greenspoon’s guidance, Eric also drafted a personal prayer to read that day. The prayer was a beautiful reflection of the events and people in Eric’s life which had brought him to that special day, but just as importantly, through his personal prayer, Eric was able to share his hopes and goals for his future with everyone in attendance.

Rabbi Greenspoon didn’t treat Eric’s Bar Mitzvah as if it was the culmination of his Jewish education. Through his mentorship, ongoing communication, and friendship, Rabbi Greenspoon was able to truly connect with my son. Because he took the time to genuinely get to know Eric, Rabbi Greenspoon was successfully able to encourage him to find new opportunities to engage with our community as a Jewish adult.

— Jill Weiss and Robert Schreiber, Leesburg, VA

Our family has been extremely lucky to have Rabbi Greenspoon in our lives. He not only guided our two oldest children through the required Bar Mitzvah elements (including liturgy, customs, mitzvot projects), but also was able to meet each of our children where they were as individuals in supporting the development of personal prayers and Torah interpretation. Beyond this important rabbinical support, Rabbi Greenspoon went further with each of our boys, mentoring them through various religious badges they obtained in Scouting efforts.

He has a wonderful way of engaging our children and the rest of our family with a combination of humor, sensitivity and religious gravity. We look forward to having Rabbi Greenspoon work with our third child as she progresses through and obtains her Bat Mitzvah. It is due to both his character as a human being and his effectiveness as a spiritual leader, that we provide this unequivocal recommendation for his Rabbinic services.

— Matt & Terri Foosaner, Middleburg, VA