Rabbis

Elliot J. Cosgrove, PhD

Rabbi
212-369-2600, x120

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 ten 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), A Coat of Many Colors (2017), and Provisions for the Way (2018). 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 is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Rabbi Cosgrove also serves on the Board of Trustees of Hillel at the University of Michigan and on the National Board of Governors of Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania.

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

Rabbi
212-369-2600, x124
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

Rabbi
212-369-2600, x123
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 Steven Philp

Rabbinic Fellow
212-369-2600, x200

Rabbi Steven Philp joined Park Avenue Synagogue as Rabbinic Fellow in July 2019, after being ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He was a recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.

Rabbi Philp earned an MSt in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford in 2016; his research looked at the intersection of trauma, memory, and ritual through kinnot (elegies) written after the Holocaust. In 2014, Rabbi Philp received his MDiv and MSW from the University of Chicago. He completed his clinical field education at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago as a sexual violence and support services counselor. Rabbi Philp graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California in 2010, where he received a BFA in Studio Art and a BA with Honors in English (Creative Writing) and International Relations.

Rabbi Philp was the founding rabbinical intern of Mishkan Chicago, a member of the Jewish Emergent Network. While a student at JTS, he worked as a rabbinical intern for the University of Maryland Hillel and for Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the LGBTQ synagogue of New York City.

Rabbi Philp grew up in California and Hawaii, as a Roman Catholic with a strong Methodist heritage. He became passionate about interfaith work while in college, a path that eventually led him to become part of the Jewish community. Rabbi Philp lives in Manhattan with his husband, Toby, and their cat, Miso.

Viktoria Bedo

Rabbinic Intern
Viktoria Bedo joined the Park Avenue Synagogue team as rabbinic intern in July 2019. Now in her fourth year of rabbinical school at JTS, Viki is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She looks forward to being part of the PAS community until she is ordained in May 2021, when she will also receive an MA in Jewish Law.

Viki grew up in Budapest, Hungary, and has strong ties to the Hungarian Jewish community, where she often teaches and writes. After studying at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem for two years, she came to the US to attend Brandeis University and graduated with a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and International Global Studies. As a rabbinical student, Viki has worked as a Jewish education consultant for BBYO and was a rabbinic fellow through Hillel's Office of Innovation, doing millennial outreach on the UWS. She led Shabbat services at Atria Senior Living and completed her unit of chaplaincy training working with Holocaust survivors in Washington Heights and the Bronx.

In her free time, Viki enjoys running, going to the theater, and planning creative menus for Shabbat meals. Viki lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, Jonah.