Rabbis

Elliot J. Cosgrove, PhD

Rabbi
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Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, PhD, began his tenure at Park Avenue Synagogue in 2008. A leading voice in the Conservative Movement, he follows a tradition of distinguished rabbinical predecessors on the pulpit here, including Rabbi Milton Steinberg, Rabbi Judah Nadich, and Rabbi David H. Lincoln.

Ordained at The Jewish Theological Seminary in 1999, Rabbi Cosgrove earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His dissertation on Rabbi Louis Jacobs, a leading Anglo-Jewish theologian of the 20th century, reflects his passion for the intersection of Jewish scholarship and faith. Rabbi Cosgrove is the author of eight collections of selected sermons, In the Beginning (2009), An Everlasting Covenant (2010), Go Forth! (2011), Hineni (2012), A Place to Lodge (2013), Living Waters (2014), Stairway to Heaven (2015), and Rise Up! (2016). He is the editor of Jewish Theology in Our Time: A New Generation Explores the Foundations and Future of Jewish Belief, hailed as a provocative and inspiring collection of essays by leading rabbis and scholars.

Rabbi Cosgrove is committed to building a caring community, fostering Jewish learning, encouraging our members to turn words into action. He aspires to make Park Avenue Synagogue a true kehillah kedoshah, a holy congregation, where national Jewish conversations are lived.

Rabbi Cosgrove also serves the Conservative Movement, the Jewish community beyond PAS and the community-at-large. He sits on the Chancellor's Cabinet of JTS and on the Editorial Board of Conservative Judaism. A member of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly, he is also an officer of the New York Board of Rabbis and a member of the Board of UJA-Federation of New York. He serves as Rabbinical Advisor on Interfaith Affairs for the ADL and he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Rabbi Cosgrove was honored to represent the Jewish community at the National September 11 Memorial Museum during the visit of Pope Francis to New York in September 2015.

Park Avenue Synagogue is honored to have Rabbi Cosgrove, his wife Debbie, and their four children in our community.

Rabbi Neil Zuckerman

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Rabbi Neil Zuckerman came to PAS in 2010 as Director of Congregational Education and joined the clergy team as Associate Rabbi in 2014. 

As Director of Congregational Education, Rabbi Zuckerman successfully initiated and oversaw numerous programs and classes for learners of all ages. Rabbi Zuckerman previously served as Rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains from 1999-2009 and as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Maryland, in 2010. In addition, Rabbi Zuckerman has served as president of the Westchester County Board of Rabbis and has chaired the Israel Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly. A lifelong learner himself, Rabbi Zuckerman has been a rabbinic fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem in the Center for Rabbinic Enrichment (CRE). An exceptional opportunity to learn with colleagues and build relationships across the religious movements, CRE is a three-year program of study for rabbis of all denominations from North America, involving weekly classes via videoconference and bi-annual study seminars in Israel.

Rabbi Zuckerman was raised in Harrisburg, PA, and began his Jewish education at the Conservative synagogue there, Beth El. He earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland in English. He attended the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), where he earned a Masters degree in Jewish Studies and was ordained a rabbi in 1999.

Neil is happy that his family is part of the PAS community.

Rabbi Ethan H. Witkovsky

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Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky joined Park Avenue Synagogue’s clergy as Assistant Rabbi in July, 2014.

Rabbi Witkovsky was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in May, 2014. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and worked in Ramah Camps as a group leader and a member of the educational staff. He attended Oberlin College, where he majored in Classics and Jewish Studies, and then studied at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem before beginning the rabbinic program at JTS. Rabbi Witkovsky has worked in various rabbinic roles at Pelham Jewish Center, Pelham, New York; Congregation Shir Chadash, New Orleans, Louisiana; and Temple Israel Center, White Plains, New York. He has served as a guest teacher and Rabbi-in-Residence at many institutions.

Rabbi Witkovsky is married to Erin Beser, who is the director of experiential education at the middle school of the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester.

Cantor Eric Wasser, EdD

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Cantor Eric L. Wasser joined the staff at PAS as ritual director in July 2017. Cantor Wasser previously served as Hazzan and Educator at synagogues in both Chicago and New Jersey, where he trained hundreds of Torah readers, mentored dozens of adult bnei mitzvah students, and provided pastoral care to those in need. He also taught comparative religion at Bergen College in Paramus, NJ.

Cantor Wasser earned his doctorate in education at the William Davidson Graduate School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Cantor Wasser received certification as a mohel in 1997, training with Rav Yosef Halperin under the auspices of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. In twenty years as a mohel, he has performed over one thousand circumcisions. As an engaged lifelong learner, Cantor Wasser was proud to earn rabbinical ordination earlier this year.

Cantor Wasser is passionate about involving young people in Jewish life. His award-winning “747 Minyan” received national recognition as the only ongoing weekday high school minyan in the country outside a day school. The “Sacred Hoops” program that he spearheaded allowed youth to participate in basketball while learning about Havdalah and the tempo of Shabbat.

Originally from Toronto, Wasser is most proud of his family, which includes his wife Rachel and three daughters, Danya, Leor, and Nava. Cantor Wasser is excited to serve at PAS and looks forward to meeting and getting to know members of the congregational family.

Shayna Golkow

Rabbinical Intern
Shayna Golkow joined the Park Avenue Synagogue community as rabbinical intern in June 2017. A fourth-year rabbinical student at The Jewish Theological Seminary, she is also pursuing a Masters degree in Jewish Education and a Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling.

Shayna grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ, where she was active in her synagogue, Temple Beth Sholom. She spent twelve summers at Camp Ramah in the Poconos as a camper, counselor, and division head.

Shayna graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Religious Studies and a minor in Psychology. Last year, Shayna served as rabbinical intern at Temple Beth Tzedek in Buffalo, NY, filling in for the synagogue’s rabbi while he was on sabbatical by conducting services, delivering sermons, and teaching adult education classes. She has also led High Holiday services at Johns Hopkins University Hillel, and has taught religious school at Ansche Chesed in Manhattan.

Shayna looks forward to a great two years at PAS.