The Jazz Rabbi has a new gig. Saxophonist Greg Wall, who spent three years  making klezmer and jazz concerts a staple at an East Village congregation, has a  new pulpit in Connecticut. On August 1 Wall began work at Beit Chaverim  Synagogue of Westport and Norwalk. The shul, which has 65 families, is located  in Westport and is described as a traditional Orthodox synagogue with a very  diverse membership.

“They are excited about a rabbi that could bring arts into their community,”  the 53-year-old rabbi told the Forward.

Wall’s official installation will take place Saturday, November 23 and while  there may not be angels with trumpets heralding his arrival, Wall promises the  evening will include a musical blast with performances by the Unity Orchestra,  Later Prophets and possibly Jon Madoff’s Zion 80.

Wall learned that the Westport shul was looking for a rabbi from a regular at  the Sixth Street Community Synagogue in the East Village who grew up in  Westport. One of three finalists for the job invited to celebrate Shabbos with  the congregation, Wall walked into shul and saw Ricky Orbach, founder of the  Jewish arts group Joodayoh Inc., who helped Wall land his first pulpit at the  Sixth Street synagogue.

During the time Wall spent with the East Village congregation, he organized  arts programming four nights a week but every musical event was paired with a  class that furthered Jewish literacy. He did it while commuting from New Jersey  and continuing his life as a professional musician. He says he left the Orthodox  shul because “I could no longer afford to be the rabbi there.” The Sixth Street  Community Synagogue’s finances took a serious hit as a result of costly  litigation with the rabbi Simon Jacobson, whose Meaningful Life Center was  renting space with the shul.

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