Open Torah!
Jewtique’s Approach to Personalized Jewish Learning

Jewtique Concierge Rabbinic Services is pioneering the OpenTorah! approach to Jewish learning.

OpenTorah! appreciates that we live with the greatest access to Jewish education in history. Entire libraries of sacred texts are now digitized and available on the web and in apps for our devices. Classic works in Jewish studies are a click away. But Jewish learning goes so far beyond books. Jewtique Concierge Rabbinic Services offers you the chance to learn the topics of your choice, using the approaches best suited for your learning style. Film, DVD courses, virtual online tours, podcasts and other multimedia tools are available that supplement or even replace traditional book-based curriculum. Video conferencing open up world-wide options for engaging in real-time distance learning. Whatever your learning interest, and whatever your learning style, Jewtique Concierge Rabbinic Services becomes your personal Concierge Jewish Learning Service!

Adult Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah

Any Time Can Be the Right Time.

Never had one? Let’s make it happen. Had one but it held no meaning for you then? Time for a do-over. Hitting 83 (70+13) and like the tradition of a second bar mitzvah? Mazal tov! Whatever your personal motivation, Jewtique Concierge Rabbinic Services is delighted to help you craft and celebrate this important statement of values.

One-on-One / Small Group Study

Jewtique Concierge Rabbinic Services meets you where you’re at for classes.

One-on-one at your office, a group in a virtual conference, we can explore the topics you want to know about. Life cycles and rituals, holy days, history, sacred texts, Jewish thought, the arts, Israel, spirituality: it’s all on the table for you.

Personal / Family Jewish Learning Consultation

Jewtique Concierge Rabbinic Services can help the DIY inclined with a personalized learning self-directed learning program.

An initial intake is evaluated, and your proposed Personal Jewish Learning Profile is returned. This service can also be utilized for families looking to provide focused supplemental Jewish education at home.

Guest Rabbinic Scholar

Rabbi David Greenspoon is a passionate, engaging, and exciting Jewish educator.

Rabbi Greenspoon loves bringing the sweeping story of Jewish history to life. He invites students to enter an inspiring world of ideas, dreams and real people presented in the context of the events and realities of their time and place. Equally at home with thematic or content-driven approaches when teaching from the library of Judaism’s classic sacred and secular texts, he has created and taught courses in Jewish ethics and theology, and offers specialty expertise in bio-medical and military ethics from Jewish perspectives. Rabbi Greenspoon is a leader in Interfaith Education and Programming, and has led efforts to create novel interfaith study programs in communities across the United States.

His innovative approach to reaching students extends back to the earliest days of the public internet. He led the AOL weekly Torah Chat, the first known internet-based interactive Jewish learning, early in 1993. He pioneered the country’s first tuition-free Jewish congregational religious school in 1996. That same year he introduced Grandparenting in the Age of Intermarriage, the first program of its type ever for Jewish grandparents. He has written curriculum on LGBTQ+ issues for High School students, and syllabi for college level classes. Rabbi Greenspoon’s adult education and informal youth education programming are nationally recognized and award winning.

His writings have been published widely including appearances in the Jewish Bible Quarterly, Navy Chaplain Magazine, Washington Jewish Week, The Baltimore Jewish Times, The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs The Unraveller, and on his blog for The Times of Israel. Rabbi Greenspoon’s personal blog is Views from Outside the Box, and examples of his creative liturgy can be found online at Ritualwell.org.

Classes, Destination Travel, Retreats, and Special Events

Rabbi Greenspoon welcomes the opportunity to visit your organization, congregation, business, or community.

He is equally at home teaching in Jewish, Christian, interfaith, secular, and academic settings. Ongoing thematic classes, retreats, and special event occasions are designed and delivered with your needs and goals in mind every step of the way. Rabbi Greenspoon especially loves teaching in context on locations connected to the subject matter, and is happy to work with you to maximize your Education Destination travel with preparation and summation sessions.

Where We’ve Been Recently

Broad Run High School, Sterling, VA (November 2023)

Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County Faith in Justice Webinar, Loudoun County, VA (September 2023)

Sligo Seventh Day Adventist Church, Takoma Park, MD (July 2023)

The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC (July 2023)

Ring House, Charles E. Smith Life Communities, Rockville, MD (March 2023, October 2023)

Rumi Forum, Scriptural Reasoning Series, Virginia Theological Seminary (January 2023)

Loudoun County Public Library Encountering Other Faiths Webinar, Loudoun County, VA (April 2022)

George Mason University Sikh Student Association, Fairfax, VA (March 2022)

Shenandoah University Division of Physical Therapy (May 2020)

Sample Topics and Titles

Rabbi Greenspoon’s depth as a multidisciplinary teacher and scholar includes Hebrew Bible, History, Liturgy, Rabbinic Literature, Theology, and more.

Abortion: The Voice of Judaism in the American Debate

Afterlife: A survey of Jewish thought from the Bible to today

Ancient Rabbinic Guided Tours of Heaven and Hell

Bible Stories for Adults: Tales we don’t teach our kids

Great Jewish Debates that Never Happened

Hanukkah’s Hidden History

Hidden Stories in Illuminated Manuscripts

Jerusalem in Legend, Lore, and Literature

Jewish Angels and Demons Across Times and Cultures

Jonah: A Big Fish Story, Not A Whale of a Tale (A Tour Through The Illuminated History of Jonah)

Jubilees—The Bible that Wasn’t and A Comparison of Famous Genesis Stories

Judaisms in the Time of Jesus: Diverse, Not Divergent

Leadership Lessons from the Book of Samuel

Michal & David: A Story of Passion Transformed

Military Ethics in the Song at the Sea

Mothers, Daughters, Wives, & Witches: Stories of Women in Early Prophets

New Jewish Boundaries: “Jew” vs. “Jew-ish”

Passover in the Time of Jesus

Physician Assisted Suicide: A New Look at the Talmudic Narratives

Planning Your Family’s Passover Seder

Psalms and the Spiritual Life

What’s a Nice God Like You Doing in a Text Like This? When the Bible Makes Us Uncomfortable

Wild Tales of The Rabbis: Midrash, Fantasy and Religious Imagination

Zohar Readings: Ethical and Mystical Tales

David is a hands-on Rabbi and Educator who works well with all age groups. He is particularly sensitive to the needs and concerns of children and young people and finds creative ways to engage them… and as a teacher, he attracts students at every level. David brings all of the qualities of Jewish leadership to his position: intellect, spirit, and good deeds.

— Bonnie Lipton, Past National President of Hadassah, Chicago, IL

Thank you so much for coming to speak to my World Religion students today. Your presentation was extraordinary. The students were genuinely riveted by the information, history, anecdotes and artifacts you shared with them. You truly have a gift. You’re a natural teacher and storyteller and you brought history into relief and made it relevant and fascinating. Moreover, your balanced approach to complex issues was much appreciated.

I hope that you might, in the future, be willing to return to speak to future groups of students. I’ll be in touch with such future requests and hope that others can be as lucky as we were today.

— Veera Walker, Dual Enrollment Government Teacher, AP Human Geography Teacher, Social Science & Global Studies Department, Broad Run High School, Ashburn, VA

Rabbi Greenspoon came to Ring House to teach a series of classes with our senior residents, exploring the history and art of the Haggadah for Passover. Residents each week came and the crowd just kept on getting bigger. He is an amazing teacher; the sessions were perfect for their content and presentation. Plus, he is a real professional, always on time and always prepared for each session of our Visiting Jewish Scholar Series. We already have invited him to come back and do another series of classes! Thank you for teaching our Ring House Residents, Rabbi Greenspoon!

— Vica Kleiner, Activities Coordinator, Ring House, Charles E. Smith Life Communities, Rockville, MD

David is a wonderful teacher. He is an intelligent and creative planner, an idea person, who follows through to insure the success of his inspirations. He is warm and accessible and cares about people. In sum, David is a person you want to have on your side.

— Judy Meltzer, Past Director of Adult Learning at Chizuk Amuno Congregation, Baltimore, MD

It was a privilege to host Rabbi David as a part of an interfaith conversation during Sunday worship services. He was warm, knowledgeable, and a joy to be with. We look forward to hosting him again in the future!

— The Reverend Sarah Johnson, Senior Pastor, The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.