Rabbi Elazar Muskin serves as senior rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, a position he has held since January, 1986. Under his leadership, the congregation has become one of the fastest growing Orthodox synagogues on the West Coast, having grown from less than 50 member families when he began to 500 member families today. Rabbi Muskin is considered a leading innovator in creative adult education programming and marketing. His efforts led to YICC being awarded the prestigious national citation from the Orthodox Union for its annual adult education program calendar.
A key focus of Rabbi Muskin’s career has been pro-Israel activism. He helped create AIPAC’s synagogue outreach initiative and has led some of the largest delegations from any synagogue to AIPAC’s annual Policy Conference in Washington, DC, including large groups of high school students. During the depths of the Intifada, he organized and led multiple synagogue missions to Israel providing much needed moral and economic support for the country’s beleaguered citizens. He is intimately involved in interfaith relations with Southland Christian clergy to promote Israel’s vital importance and actively recruits pastors to accompany him to AIPAC’s Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
Prior to assuming this position, he served as rabbi for five years at the Mt. Sinai Jewish Center in Manhattan, New York. 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 11 years, helping establish it as a premier summer program for American college students volunteering in Israel.
Rabbi Muskin has published numerous scholarly and popular articles and has lectured in many communities throughout the United States, Europe and Israel. For ten years he served as a contributing columnist for the weekly Torah Portion article appearing in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal. He also published a monograph on the Jewish attitude towards racism for the National Conference for Community and Justice. Appointed by Mayor James Hahn, Rabbi Muskin served as a city commissioner from 2001-2006 on the Human Relations Commission of Los Angeles. He is presently President of the Rabbinical Council of America, the first Los Angeles rabbi to be chosen for this position,and was president of the Rabbinical Council of California from 1992-1997.
Rabbi Muskin received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University, studied at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel from 1972-1975, and earned his B.A. in psychology from Yeshiva College. 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.
We express our sincere gratitude to the following shiur sponsors.
Sponsored by Robyn and Shukie Grossman in memory of:
Bessie & Irving Mauskopf z”l
Bob & Lee Horowitz z”l
Sponsored by Daniel Harari, for The Center For Sephardic Heritage, in Honor of David Shasha, HaSepharadi
Robyn and Shukie Grossman in memory of Rabbi Rafael Grossman, z’tl
Moshe and Devora Smith in memory of Rabbi Dr. Bergmann’s mother, Syma Bergmann, סימה ביילא בת אריה לייב
Menachem and Rena Schnaidman in dedication of HaRav Yitzchak Ben Yaakov Schnaidman
Rina & Nahum Felman in memory of Dr. Morris Loffan (Moshe Dov ben Yerucham Fishel)
Sponsored by the Neumark and Rozenberg families in memory of:
Betty and Sidney Adler
In memory of chaver, Bjorn Bamburger, z’l – sponsored by Dassie and Marvin Bienenfeld
Sponsored by Howard and Chaya Balter
In memory of Mr. Emil Tennenbaum, sponsored by Lani and Shimmy Tennenbaum and Family
Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Moshe & Cali Orenbuchin memory of Regina Glanzman, Rivka Bat Yaakov
Sponsored by Yechiel and Nomi Rotblat and Family in memory of Rabbi Dr. Steven M. Dworken z”l
In memory of David Grossman A”H, father and father in law of Becky and Avi Katz. His enthusiasm for this OU program continues to inspire his family.
In Memory of our Beloved Parents and Grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Max and Yetty Monderer z’l, who were privileged to enjoy the warm friendship (YBLChT’V) of Rabbi and Rebbetzin Schachter. Emanuel and Helen Adler and Family
Henry and Mindy Orlinsky
By Yitzchok and Barbie Lehmann Siegal – in loving memory of Dr. Manfred and Anne Lehmann and Jamie Lehmann
By Yitzchok and Barbie Lehmann Siegal – in loving memory of Jacob and Rose Siegel of Baltimore, MD
Sponsored by Aaron and Toby Kinderlehrer in memory of their parents of blessed memory, Yosef Shimon ben Chaim Yisroel, Chaya Rochel bas Ahron, Refoel Mordecai ben Elimelech and Breindel Leah bas Ahron
Henry and Golda Reena Rothman in memory of our parents, Maurice and Golde Rothman and Meyer and Lillian Shatz
By Yitzchok and Barbie Lehmann Siegel and Family
The Krupka family and the Touro College and University System
Harry and Etta Brandman
Michael and Susanne Wimpfheimer
Yehuda and Anne Neuberger
Stan and Marla Frohlinger, for a refuah shelaima for Shmuel Zalman ben Shoshana and for Yitzhak Noach ben Rivka Leah
Ezra and Racheli Friedberg, in honor of our fathers: Mr. Dov Friedberg and Mr. Nechemia Salomon.
In Memory of Our Beloved Father and Grandfather, Rabbi Jacob Adler, Harav Yaakov Mordechai ben R’ Gershon z”l, And Our Beloved Uncle, Rabbi Adler’s Father, Mr. David Adler, R’ Dovid ben R’ Gershon, z”l, Each of Whose Raison D’Etre Was to Pass Along the Mesorah to Future Generations,
Emanuel and Helen Adler and Family.
In Memory of Cantor Jack Korbman z’l, The Korbman Family