ASPEN — When Rabbi David Segal was considering moving to the Aspen Jewish Congregation for his first position upon ordination from Hebrew Union College, he received some advice.
“Some people told me, ‘I don’t think you can create anything real there. Second homeowners are just into vacationing; they won’t be interested in the community. You can’t engage them in any meaningful way.’”
He took the job in Aspen anyway, and he’s glad he did.
”I have found that to be patently wrong, and backward,” Rabbi Segal says.
“The second homeowners, many of them spend a good half of their year here, if not more. There are different varieties of second homeowners. Some are just the summer crowd. They relocate here for the entire summer, from the end of June to end of August. Last year the holidays were early, so a lot of them stayed until the end of Rosh Hashanah.