Administrative Staff

Beryl P. Chernov

Executive Director
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Beryl Chernov was appointed Executive Director of the Park Avenue Synagogue in 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 also happily serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the North American Association of Synagogue Executives (NAASE), and currently chairs its Professional Surveys Committee. He is the immediate Past President of the Metropolitan Association of Synagogue Executives (MetroASE), served as a member of the Coordinating Council for UJA/Federation Synergy, and the President's Parent Council of Goucher College.

Beryl is the 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. For the last seven years she has been 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.

Laura S. Yamner

Director of Development
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Laura joined Park Avenue Synagogue in July, 2013 as the congregation’s first Director of Membership Services and is now the Director of Development. She brings over 25 years of experience in corporate marketing and business development, having worked in several major companies where she successfully managed client acquisition and loyalty programs. Laura brings a unique and highly customer-focused perspective to her position at PAS.

Outside the office, Laura is an active volunteer for several organizations including DOROT and Bottom Line NY. Originally from New Jersey, Laura grew up in New York City and earned a bachelor of science in business from Skidmore College. She visited Israel for the first time on a Young Leadership Mission in 2007, which inspired her to complete the Florence Melton School of Adult Learning core program.

Rachel Benichak

Director of Membership
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Rachel Benichak 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.