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 James Proops
NCSY- Associate Rabbi
Rabbi James Proops, originally from London England, joined Young Israel of Century City as the NCSY-Associate Rabbi in September 2017. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, he served as the Assistant Rabbi at Mill Hill United Synagogue in London, one of the largest communities in the UK. Before taking a role in a Synagogue he, together with his wife Sarah, served as the campus Rabbinic couple in Leeds for Aish UK. Together they provided education, pastoral support, friendship and never-ending meals to the hundreds of students based in Leeds. Between 2003-2014 Rabbi Proops served as a Chazzan for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services in both Glasgow and then in Stanmore and Canons Park United Synagogue, as well as being a popular choice for singing at s’machot both in the UK and in Israel.
Rabbi Proops attended the City of London School followed by a year in Yeshivat HaKotel, after which he obtained a BA (Hons) in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds. Upon completing his degree he became the full-time Youth Director at Stanmore and Canons Park United Synagogue, which at the time held the largest Orthodox membership in Europe.
After marrying Sarah he then spent five years living in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Kiryat Moshe and the Old City. He studied at Yeshivat Darche Noam before joining the Alumni Kollel at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh, from which he received his Rabbinic ordination. While in Israel, Rabbi Proops completed the two year Ner L’Elef Rabbinical training program. He also holds a teaching qualification from the Agency of Jewish Education, as well as a certificate in Counselling from Birkbeck University. Rabbi Proops can be reached at email@example.com.