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Rabbi Elazar Muskin

Senior Rabbi

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.  Rabbi Muskin served as President of the Rabbinical Council of America from 2017 - 2019, the first Los Angeles Rabbi to be elected to this post. He was past president of the Rabbinical Council of California from 1992-1997. Rabbi Muskin can be reached at


Rabbi James Proops

Associate Rabbi

Rabbi James Proops, originally from London England, joined Young Israel of Century City as the 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 Synagogue role he served as Director of Aish Leeds and Northern Campuses for Aish UK. Together with his wife Sarah, 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., while stuying at Yeshivat Darche Noam before joining the Alumni Kollel at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh. He received his Rabbinic ordination from Yehivat Netiv Aryeh, as well as from HaRav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg.   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

Rabbi Dr. Zev Wiener

Resident Maggid Shiur

A native of Los Angeles, Rabbi Zev Wiener grew up davening at Young Israel of Century City. He received his Semicha from Yeshiva University under the instruction of Rabbi Yonason Sacks and an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. He has previously served as Maggid Shiur for the Columbia University Hillel men's Gemarah program, Rabbinic Scholar at the Young Israel of Brookline, MA and Chief Resident of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. He presently works as a staff psychiatrist at Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center and runs a private psychiatry practice.

Rabbi David Mahler

Library Minyan

Rabbi David Mahler is the Limudei Kodesh Principal at Gindi Maimonides Academy. Previously he held administrative positions at both the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy and Westchester Day School. Additionally, as part of his role at the Consortium of Jewish Day Schools (COJDS), he is the West Coast Principal Mentor for novice principals. Rabbi Mahler received his Bachelor and Master's degree in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Educational Administration. Rabbi Mahler received Semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg in Yerushalayim.



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