Program Staff

Rabbi Charles Savenor

Director of Congregational Education
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Rabbi Charles E. Savenor joined the PAS staff as Director of Congregational Education in July, 2014.

Rabbi Savenor came to PAS from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), where he served as the Director of Kehilla (Congregational) Development (2011 to present) and as Executive Director of its Metropolitan New York District (2008-2011). He was an international resource for 620 affiliated Conservative synagogues in the areas of leadership, organizational development, strategic planning, communications, volunteer engagement, curriculum, youth programming, and enrichment. In addition to organizing conferences, workshops and webinars throughout North America, he served as the lead program developer for United Synagogue’s Centennial Celebration and he directed “Family Israel Experience” journeys to Israel.

Prior to USCJ, Rabbi Savenor was the Associate Dean and Director of Admissions at the Jewish Theological Seminary (2001-2008) and Associate Rabbi at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago (1996-2001).

Rabbi Savenor graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A., summa cum laude, in History/Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (1991), having spent his junior year studying at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was ordained at JTS in 1996 with a concentration in Education. He earned a Masters of Education at Columbia University, Teachers College in 2008.

Rabbi Savenor currently serves on the National Rabbinic Cabinet of United Jewish Communities and Brandeis University’s Alumni Admissions Council. In the past, he has served on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinic Counsel of Israel Bonds, the National Board of Advisors of American Jewish World Service, and the Rabbinic Advisory Committee of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs in Chicago. He was Education Chair of the Chicago Board of Rabbis, and served on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for Jewish Education in Chicago. He was International President of United Synagogue Youth (1987), and received USY’s International Alumnus of the Year Award (2012).

Rabbi Savenor’s articles on parenting and fatherhood can be found at FamilyInOrbit.com, a blog on topics that impact modern families. He and his wife, Julie Walpert, are the parents of two young boys, Joseph and Benjamin.

Beth Levick

Manager of Synagogue Programming
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Beth Levick came to Park Avenue Synagogue in July 2013 as Assistant Director of Synagogue Programming. In that role, she assisted with the planning and implementing of adult learning classes and other adult learning programs. She became Manager of Synagogue Programming in May 2016. Beth also serves as the Director of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning at PAS.

Previously, Beth was the Program Associate for the Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators, a grant from UJA-Federation of New York in conjunction with The Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In this capacity she planned and implemented professional development days of learning, 10-day summer seminars and Israel Seminars for congregational school educators. She has also served as the part-time Project Coordinator for the Network for Research in Jewish Education and as a Program Associate at The Jewish Theological Seminary, where she helped plan lectures, conferences, commencements, and other public events. Beth earned a BA in Judaic Studies and Early Childhood Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

A native New Yorker, Beth loves that the city is her playground to explore with her husband and their son.

Jennifer Stern Granowitz

Director of the Congregational School
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Jennifer joined Park Avenue Synagogue in 2011 after receiving her Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the William Davidson School of Jewish Education at JTS. Earlier, she earned a B.A. in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University. Jennifer served as a unit head at Camp Ramah in New England and continues to be connected to Jewish camping as a board member of her childhood camp. Jennifer grew up on Long Island and attended the Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County and the Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island. A fun fact about Jennifer is that she is the oldest of five sisters! Jennifer’s door is always open to discuss your child and your family’s Jewish journey.

Pamela B. Schwartz

Early Childhood Center Director
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Pamela B. Schwartz joined PAS as Director of the Early Childhood Center in July, 2014.

Previously Pamela was the early learning specialist at The Abraham Joshua Heschel School for seven years; before that she taught first grade at Heschel for seven years. Pamela began her teaching career at The Town School. Pamela holds a B.A. at Columbia College of Columbia University, with a concentration in psychology, and a Masters Degree from Columbia Teachers College, where she focused on learning differences. 

Pamela believes that every child has infinite potential to embrace the learning process. She is excited to be part of the excellent educational community at PAS.

Jamie Diamond

Director of Young Family Education/Director of Camp Keshet
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Jamie returned to PAS as the Director of Young Family Education and the Director of Camp Keshet in July 2016. In 2011–14 she was an Assistant Director of the Congregational School, focusing on the learners in grades K–2 and helping to develop the school's experiential education program. During her time away from New York in 2014–16, she served as the Director of Jewish and Israel Education for Herzl Camp in Webster, WI and the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at Temple Israel in Minneapolis, MN.

Jamie earned an MA in Jewish Education from The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at JTS, a BS in Psychology from Columbia University, and a BA in the Hebrew Bible from JTS. She studied for a year at the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has worked in Jewish day schools, synagogues, and Jewish summer camps.

Jamie is thrilled to be back at Park Avenue Synagogue and to work with our congregation’s youngest members and their families.

Hallie Chandler

Director of Youth Programming and Engagement
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Hallie joined the Park Avenue Synagogue community in July 2015 as the Director of Youth Programming and Engagement. She came to New York from Lexington, Massachusetts, where she was the synagogue educator and youth director at Temple Emunah. Previously, she taught at Jewish day schools and in supplementary school programs, served as a peer network engagement intern with Hillel, and was involved with several Jewish volunteer organizations. Before working in the Northeast, Hallie spent most of her life as an active Jew of the South.

Hallie believes that to develop a strong Jewish identity, a person must be passionate about doing so, and that developing that passion depends on learning. She attended Jewish day school, held leadership positions in her United Synagogue Youth chapter, and was a counselor and unit head at Camp Ramah Darom. She holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with a concentration in communication and music, focusing on piano education. She continued her learning at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she focused on Jewish education and music.

Hallie is excited to help the youth of PAS embrace and develop their Jewish selves and strengthen their connection to the community. She is eager to bring her love of music, the arts, and Judaism into her work at Park Avenue Synagogue.

Marga Hirsch

Director, Edmond de Rothschild Library, Publications Editor and Gallery Curator
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Marga joined the staff of Park Avenue Synagogue as Librarian in August 2008 and became editor of the Park Avenue Synagogue Bulletin a year later. She also edits the annual collections of Rabbi Cosgrove's sermons as well as other synagogue publications, including the PAS website. Marga is curator of the PAS gallery. She also substitute teaches in the Florence Melton School for Adult Jewish Learning at PAS and occasionally leads minyan.

Beyond her training as a librarian and her love of books, Marga is an experienced family and adult educator. Previously, Marga was librarian of the Perelman Jewish Day School in Philadelphia. She also served as program director of Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, PA, and as administrator of the Goodblatt Academy of the Philadelphia Region Rabbinical Assembly, which offers education in Hebrew and Judaism to individuals considering conversion. In addition, Marga was a popular teacher in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School and in the Melton Parent Education Program. Marga is the editor of Ets Hayyim Hi, A Tree of Life: A Handbook for Jewish Family Education published in memory of Barbara Eidelman Wachs, z”l, by the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education in Philadelphia in 2000.

Marga has been active in the National Havurah Committee for over 30 years. She has taught at the annual NHC Summer Institute, most recently in August 2013, and co-chaired the 2002 Summer Institute with her son. She is also active in the Association of Jewish Libraries.

Marga holds an M.L.S. from Drexel University, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and an B.A. from Harvard University. She studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a Fellow in the Melton Senior Educators Program.

Marga has four adult children and five grandchildren.