Park Avenue Synagogue is extremely fortunate to have an ongoing partnership with JTS (The Jewish Theological Seminary of America), the foremost institution of Conservative Judaism. This close relationship greatly enriches our work to create a vital Jewish community.

PAS clergy and staff have been educated at JTS, and JTS faculty frequently offer home study and courses for the PAS Department of Adult Learning.

The JTS Mission

We launch the organizations that engage others in Jewish life, write the textbooks others learn from, and graduate leaders who become a new creative force for positive change in their careers and communities


JTS is a continuing laboratory for Jewish studies, and its scholarship is of the highest level. Among the PAS clergy and staff who are graduates of JTS:

  • Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove
  • Rabbi Neil Zuckerman
  • Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky
  • Rabbi Charlie Savenor
  • Cantor Rachel Brook
  • Shayna Golkow, Rabbinical Intern
  • Beryl Chernov, Executive Director
  • Jennifer Stern Granowitz, Director of the Congregational School
  • Jamie Diamond, Director of Young Family Education

Past Collaborations with Park Avenue Synagogue

JTS offers exceptional classes open to the community and taught at JTS and locations throughout the city, including PAS. We have been fortunate to have hosted a range of distinguished JTS scholars:

JTS Home Study

What’s So Heroic About Our Biblical Heroes? Dr. Alan Cooper
Rabbis of the 12th-Century Renaissance: Their Influence Then and Now, Dr. Robert Harris
Aphrodite and the Rabbis: How the Jews Adapted Roman Culture to Create Judaism as We Know It, Rabbi Burton Visotzky

Master Classes

Take Your People, Please: The Crisis of the Golden Calf and its Aftermath, Rabbi Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky
The Great War, the Twentieth Century and the Jews, Dr. Ismar Schorsch
Navigating Conflicts in Traditional Jewish Cultures, Dr. Benjamin Gampel

Metropolitan Museum Tour

Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven, Dr. David Kraemer

Contact Information

For more information about JTS@PAS, contact committee co-chair Ronnie Parker at ronbo18@aol.com or staff liaison, Rebecca Cushman at rcushman@pasyn.org.

For information about JTS, visit jtsa.edu.