Rabbi Saul Grife has served as spiritual leader of BTBJ since 1998. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University, with a BA in Philosophy and an AA in Jewish Studies, a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary with an MA in Jewish Education and a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
Rabbi Grife is an active presence in the synagogue and Religious School, where he co-teaches the Hay Class, Teens Together and Confirmation students. He assists them in their preparation for B’nai Mitzvah and directs the confirmation class with their presentations of personal statements. He teaches classes for our Adult Education program, is a lecturer for the Sisterhood’s Lunch and Learn program and plays on the BTBJ Men’s Softball Team. Rabbi Grife’s love for Israel translates into his leading several congregational trips to the Holy Land and contributes to fueling BTBJ’s strong connection to our Jewish homeland. Both enthusiastic and engaging, Rabbi Grife is a master story teller and guitar player, endearing himself to our children from preschool through high school.
Rabbi Grife is very involved with the community-at-large and is an active member of the Springfield Clergy Association. He is a frequent teacher of Adult Education at area Jewish organizations including Buxmont. In this venue, he has taught Basic Judaism, facilitating the conversion of many students. Additionally, he has taught courses in Kabballah and chasidic stories as well as his uniquely popular class on Judaism and The Grateful Dead. Most recently, Rabbi Grife wrote a rock opera, Tales from the First Book based on Genesis, and released a CD.
Prior to joining the BTBJ family, Rabbi Grife led the Mishkan Torah Congregation in Greenbelt, MD for 12 years.