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 nine 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), Rise Up! (2016), and A Coat of Many Colors (2017). 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.

Rabbi Zuckerman 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, after being ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also earned a Masters degree in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature.

He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and after graduating from Oberlin College with a BA in Classics and Jewish Studies, he studied at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem before entering JTS. As a student, Rabbi Witkovsky worked in Ramah camps as a group leader and a member of the educational staff; filled rabbinical roles in several congregations, including Temple Israel Center, White Plains, NY; and served as a guest teacher and Rabbi-in-Residence at many institutions.

Rabbi Witkovsky lives with his wife, Erin Beser, who is the Director of Community Learning at The Jewish Communal Project, and his son.

Rabbi Rachel Salston

Ritual Director
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Rabbi Rachel Salston joined the Park Avenue Synagogue as Ritual Director in July 2018. Rabbi Salston received her rabbinic ordination and MA in Rabbinic Studies at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles in May 2018. She completed a concentration in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature, culminating in a capstone project on Jewish amulets.

Rabbi Salston is a professional Soferet STaM (Torah scribe) and has repaired Torah scrolls and taught about the work of the scribe at many synagogues and schools around the US. She served as a rabbinical intern at Burbank Temple Emanu El in Burbank, CA and taught religious school (including her own curricula in Jewish handicrafts and calligraphy) at IKAR and Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles.

Rabbi Salston graduated from Brandeis University in 2012 with a BA in Neuroscience and a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. While at Brandeis, she was very involved with Hillel and the Egalitarian Minyan, and she studied abroad at the Neurobiology department of the University of Haifa. Rabbi Salston has learned in various yeshivot in the US and Israel, including Yeshivat Hadar, Drisha, Svara, and the Conservative Yeshiva. In summer 2013, she lived and volunteered in Mumbai, India with the Gabriel Project Mumbai, a Jewish NGO working in the education of vulnerable children in India.

In her spare time, Rabbi Salston enjoys baking, sewing, embroidery, crochet, Pilates, and walking around the City. A native of East Brunswick, NJ, she is delighted to return to New York City from the West Coast and to be a member of the PAS community.

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.