Administrative Staff

Beryl P. Chernov

Executive Director
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Beryl Chernov has served as the Executive Director of the Park Avenue Synagogue since July 2002. Previously, he served as the Temple Administrator for North Shore Synagogue, a large Reform congregation on Long Island. Beryl was also the founding director of the Weinberger Jewish Family Center at the Sid Jacobson JCC (Roslyn, N.Y.) and the Director of Education and Youth Programming at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center (Fair Lawn, N.J.).

Beryl received his Bachelor’s degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in Jewish Philosophy and a Master’s degree in School Administration from Hofstra University.

Beryl actively serves on many boards, and is a frequent speaker and consultant to organizations that enhance Jewish life or causes. Some of those organizations include the Board of Governors of the North American Association of Synagogue Executives, the Metropolitan Association of Synagogue Executives (where he served as a former President), the Steering Committee of Camp Ramah Nyack, the Coordinating Council for UJA/Federation Synergy, and the President's Parent Council of Goucher College.

Beryl is the proud parent of Sara, Nora, and Abby.

Liz Offenbach

Associate Executive Director
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Liz Offenbach is the Associate Executive Director of Park Avenue Synagogue. From May 2011–July 2015, Liz was Park Avenue Synagogue’s Director of Synagogue Programming where she oversaw adult learning opportunities and events. Liz initiated several new adult learning programs, including the Park Avenue Synagogue Conversation, the Women’s Seder, the Women’s Trip to Israel, the Adult Learning Retreat and the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning graduate program.

Previously, Liz served as Director of Program at the Jewish Outreach Institute, where she developed and implemented programs for intermarried families and others on the periphery of the Jewish community, working with Jewish institutions throughout North America. Prior to the Jewish Outreach Institute, Liz worked at an advertising agency, in the television industry and at several publications. Liz earned a Master in Public Administration from Baruch College, part of The City University of New York, and a Bachelor of Arts from New York University, majoring in journalism & mass communication and Jewish history & civilization.

When not at Park Avenue Synagogue, Liz enjoys spending time with her family, running, reading and baking.

Geet Engel

Director of Finance
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Geet joined Park Avenue Synagogue as Director of Finance in March, 2015. She has extensive management experience in accounting and financial management positions with a specialization in working with private Jewish Day schools. She has an expertise in accounting procedures and financial statements, payroll and financial forecasting. Before working at PAS she worked as the Director of Finance at Salanter Akiba Riverdale (SAR) Academy in Riverdale, a prominent institution with more than 1400 students and 360 employees. Prior to that, Geet was Controller at the Solomon Schechter School in Westchester and Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck, both vibrant Jewish Day schools. She began her career with different accounting firms and worked at Deloitte and Touche, the well-known consulting firm. Originally a native of Detroit and a graduate of Wayne State University in the Motor City, Geet enjoys everything New York has to offer as her busy schedule permits.

Rachel Zorbaron

Director of Membership
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Rachel Zorbaron joined Park Avenue Synagogue as Membership Manager in March 2016. She has an extensive background as an actor, dancer, and non-profit professional. Previously, Rachel has worked in theatre companies as well as non-profit organizations forging new partnerships, collaborating on events, and developing the building blocks of impactful programming.

Originally from Connecticut, Rachel is a graduate of Adelphi University’s theatre program. In her free time Rachel enjoys baking and is an avid reader. She looks forward to being a part of the vibrant Park Avenue Synagogue community.