JOIN alum Rabbi David Segal was featured in Aspen Magazine’s March 2015 issue (he’s on the left in the photo below):
David Segal, 34, Rabbi, Aspen Jewish Congregation
The Aspen Jewish Congregation (aspenjewish.org) has endured some periods of difficult transition over its 40-year history, but thanks to Rabbi David Segal, it’s finally seeing the light. His arrival almost seems like kismet: The Houston native spent many family vacations in Aspen. He now lives in Basalt with his wife, Rollin Simmons, who is the congregation’s cantor, and their two children. A Princeton alum, Segal was ordained by Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion in 2010 and immediately headed west. “Today, and especially among our demographic, it’s clearly harder to engage people in religion,” he says. “People don’t move here to become religious, but they do more here to become spiritual.” Named one of America’s most inspiring rabbis in 2014 by The Jewish Daily Forward, Segal engages locals with regular music-focused services, a monthly slopeside Shabbat at Snowmass and expanded programming. Notable nugget: He took a stand-up comedy workshop while living in New York and has performed shows there and in Aspen.
We continue to be inspired by how Rabbi Segal engages with his community!