Rabbis

Elliot J. Cosgrove, Ph.D.

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Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, Ph.D., 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 five collections of selected sermons, In the Beginning (2009), An Everlasting Covenant (2010), Go Forth! (2011), Hineni (2012), and A Place to Lodge (2013). 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.

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.

Bryan Wexler

Rabbinical Intern
Bryan Wexler came to PAS as Rabbinical Intern in June 2015. Now in his final year of rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), Bryan is a Wexner Fellow as well as a UJA- Graduate Fellow and a Lefell-AIPAC Fellow.

In addition to his position at PAS, Bryan tutors bnei mitzvah privately and leads Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Atria Senior Living Center on the West Side. Prior to coming to PAS, Bryan was a Rabbinic Fellow at B’nai Jeshurun (BJ). He has also worked as a chaplain at Mount Sinai Hospital, a Rosh Edah at Ramah Berkshires, and a Rabbinic Fellow at T'ruah. He has spent time learning at Mechon Hadar in New York, Pardes in Jerusalem, and the Middlebury Hebrew Summer Language School in Vermont. In the last six years, Bryan has led High Holiday services at Temple Beth Shalom in Pittsburgh, PA, B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, MD, and Beth El in Allentown, PA, as well as at BJ and PAS.

Bryan graduated from Brandeis University in 2009 with a major in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Philosophy, and Hebrew. Before beginning rabbinical school, Bryan worked for two years as the Youth Director and Community Educator at Temple Aliyah in Needham, MA.

Bryan is married to Rebecca Sturgis Wexler. They are the proud parents of newborn twins born in August, 2016.