Rabbi Elazar Muskin
Rabbi Elazar Muskin assumed the rabbinic leadership of Young Israel of Century City in January, 1986. Under his leadership, the congregation became one of the fastest growing Orthodox synagogues on the West Coast, and is considered a leader in creative adult education programs. The synagogue was awarded the national citation from the Orthodox Union for its Annual Adult Education Program Calendar and the Tikun Olam Award for its varied Chesed Programs.
Prior to becoming Rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Rabbi Muskin served for five years as the Rabbi of the Mt. Sinai Jewish Center in New York City. Before entering the rabbinate, Rabbi Muskin served as Executive Director of T’chiya Volunteers, an organization dedicated to serving development towns in Israel. Rabbi Muskin directed T’chiya for eleven years, helping establish it as a premier summer program for American college students interested in volunteering in Israel. Rabbi Muskin studied in Israel at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh from 1972-1975. He continued his studies at Yeshiva College, where he earned his B.A. in Psychology. He received his Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He also earned a Master’s degree in Medieval Jewish Philosophy from the Bernard Revel Graduate School and a Master’s degree in Education from Columbia University.
Rabbi Muskin has published a number of scholarly and popular articles and has lectured in numerous communities in the United States, Europe and Israel. He has served as columnist to the Los Angeles Jewish Journal’s weekly Torah Portion articles and published a monograph on the Jewish attitude towards racism for the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). Appointed by Mayor Hahn, Rabbi Muskin served for four years as a Commissioner on the Human Relations Commission of the City of Los Angeles. He is now serving his fourth term as National Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of America and was past president of the Rabbinical Council of California from 1992-1997. Rabbi Muskin can be reached at RabbiMuskin@gmail.com.
Rabbi Josh Maslow
Rabbi Josh Maslow is originally from Cedarhurst, NY. Prior to joining Young Israel of Century City, Rabbi Maslow worked as the Senior Rabbinic Intern at the Riverdale Jewish Center (RJC) for two years. A graduate of Yeshiva University, he spent three years learning in the Katz Kollel headed by Rav Herschel Schachter while concurrently earning his Semicha. He has a BA in Psychology from Yeshiva College, and studied in Israel for two years at Yeshivat Shaalvim.
In addition to Rabbi Maslow’s pulpit activities, he also has experience in the fields of education and psychology. He has taught at MTA Yeshiva High School and has spent a number of summers working in the Diamond Summer Program, a behavior modification camp where he oversaw a group of counselors and implemented a reward-based program for children with Attention Deficit Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and other behavioral disorders. Rabbi Maslow is joined by his wife Shira an educator who recently received her Master of Science in Special Education at Hunter College in New York.