Park Avenue Synagogue

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Park Avenue Synagogue
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AffiliationConservative Judaism
LeadershipRabbi: Elliot Cosgrove, Ph.D.
Associate Rabbi: Neil Zuckerman
Assistant Rabbi: Ethan Witkovsky
Senior Cantor: Azi Schwartz
Assistant Cantor: Rachel Brook
Location50 East 87th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Geographic coordinates40°46′52″N 73°57′28″W / 40.781217°N 73.957878°W / 40.781217; -73.957878Coordinates: 40°46′52″N 73°57′28″W / 40.781217°N 73.957878°W / 40.781217; -73.957878
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The Park Avenue SynagogueAgudat Yesharim (The Association of the Righteous) - is a Conservative Jewish congregation located at 50 East 87th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City.[1] Founded in 1882, the congregation is one of the largest and most influential synagogues in the United States.[2]

The congregation was founded in 1882 as the Reform congregation, "Temple Gates of Hope", by a group of German Jews.[3] After several mergers, the congregation took the Hebrew name "Agudat Yesharim", and later petitioned the state of New York to change the official name of the congregation to "Park Avenue Synagogue" in 1923. In 1927, the present Moorish-style building on East 87th Street was constructed. By the 1930s, the congregation changed its affiliation from Reform Judaism to Conservative in order to accommodate the merger of the congregation with several other congregations containing large numbers of Eastern European Jews.

As of July 2008, the synagogue was led by Senior Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, PhD. As of July 2013, Rabbi Neil Zuckerman and Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky joined the team. The congregation has been led by such famous rabbis as Milton Steinberg and Judah Nadich.[4][5]

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  1. ^ Vitello, Paul (May 21, 2009). "Financier in Madoff Case Quits Synagogue Position". The New York Times. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Our Mission & History | Park Avenue Synagogue". Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  3. ^ Olitzky, Kerry M. & Raphael; Marc Lee (1996). The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary and Sourcebook p. 255. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-3132-8856-2.
  4. ^ Brostoff, Marissa (March 19, 2010). "A New Leaf". Tablet. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  5. ^ Green, David B. (August 26, 2013). "This Day in Jewish History 2007: Highest-ranking WWII Jewish Chaplain Dies". Haaretz. Retrieved June 30, 2018.

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