Rabbi David Spinrad

Email: dspinrad@the-temple.org


Rabbi David Spinrad joined The Temple in 2013 and currently serves as an Associate Rabbi and the Director of the Rothschild Social Justice Institute. Established thanks to the generosity of the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, the Rothschild Institute honors the legacy of Rabbi Jacob M. Rothschild, a driving force in the Civil Rights movement and who helped make social justice a central aspect of Reform Jewish identity. Along with his fellow clergy and with courageous lay leadership, Rabbi Spinrad helps oversee ten initiatives: Racial Justice, Refugee Resettlement, Muslim-Jewish Relations, Gun Sense, Public Education, Poverty and Homelessness, LGBTQ Equality and Inclusivity, Women’s Rights, Anti-Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, and the Environment.


Rabbi Spinrad leads our young professionals’ community at The Temple, partnering with musician Sammy Rosenbaum on The Well, the premiere monthly late Shabbat service for Atlanta’s in-town young adult community. In aspiring to be a Jewish gathering for spirituality and a nexus for what one participant calls “Southern preaching meets great music meets Judaism,” The Well and its sister programs StoryWell and Women of the Well, continue to evolve as they mature, remaining true to Rabbi Spinrad’s initial vision: To be a spiritual home for people of all levels of familiarity and comfort with the Jewish tradition and to be a valued center of Jewish community where we connect to something greater than ourselves.


Rabbi Spinrad has also helped to revitalize The Temple’s biannual adult trips to Israel, with colleagues creating the Adult Israel Mind and Body Experience, a journey that combines the best of the ancient and modern, intellectual and spiritual, and political and historic aspects of Israel with daily activities like hiking, biking, beach workouts with Israeli trainers, Torah Yoga on Shabbat, meals at restaurants that feature local, seasonal, and organic food, and Mussar practice that focuses on refining the personality traits of humility, equanimity, and trust.


While a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Rabbi Spinrad was a Schusterman Rabbinic Fellow, an American Jewish World Service Kol Tzedek Fellow, and created the educational and advocacy website www.chocolatemoses.com, a contemporary, Jewish response to modern slavery and human trafficking.


Prior to the rabbinate, Rabbi Spinrad operated a personal training business in San Francisco and worked with clients ranging from competitive athletes to cancer survivors and people living with HIV. His training practice was shaped by core questions that still guide his rabbinate and life today: What does it mean to live life well? How do we live in healthy relationships with ourselves and with each other? And, how do we use the gifts of our lives to shine on the world?


Rabbi Spinrad currently serves the Reform movement as a member of the Board of Trustees for Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and on the national planning committee for the CCAR’s annual convention.

 

Rabbi Spinrad lives in Decatur with his wife and their two children. In his spare time he likes to read, work out in his basement on a Concept 2 rowing machine until he collapses into a puddle, and indulge in fantasy baseball.

 

Click here to read Rabbi Spinrad's sermon from the 2014/5775 High Holy Days.

Click here to read Rabbi Spinrad's sermon from the 2015/5776 High Holy Days.

Click here to read Rabbi Spinrad's sermon from the 2016/5777 High Holy Days.


Follow Rabbi Spinrad on Twitter: @davidspinrad

 

 

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