Park Avenue Synagogue

Cosgrove’s Papal Moment

Staff Writer

In 1986, Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of Rome, welcomed Pope John Paul II, marking the first recorded papal visit to a synagogue.

 Pope Francis flanked by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove and Imam Khalid Latif at interfaith service last week at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

‘He Gets The Jewish People’

Pope Francis’ ‘unprecedented’ bond with the Jewish community fueling hope that Vatican’s WWII archives will open soon.

Staff Writer

A month before the 50th anniversary of the Vatican document that reversed two millennia of Catholic enmity towards the Jewish people, Pope Francis on Friday will lead an event here that further symbolizes the improving relationship between the two religious communities.

Pope Francis, who will lead an interfaith gathering Friday at the 9/11 memorial and museum. Getty Images

The 615th Commandment: Stand Up For Israel Every Day


Editor’s Note: This is the full text of a sermon delivered at Park Avenue Synagogue on Rosh HaShanah, reprinted by permission.

Young Blood On East Side Pulpits


One floated a trial balloon earlier this year: that the Conservative movement consider accepting converts, then teaching them, turning the usual chronology on its head. A second said he’d like to bring “literature, music and the visual arts,” along with worship and study, into the life of his synagogue. And a third, by the very nature of her background — Korean and Jewish — is breaking boundaries.

New spiritual leaders on the East Side are, clockwise from left, Elliot Cosgrove, Joshua Davidson and Angela Buchdahl.

Prayers From the Holocaust Beyond Yom HaShoah

Special To the Jewish Week

One of the reasons why Cantor Azi Schwartz, our cantor at Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan, is one of the foremost cantors of our day is his refusal to allow Jewish liturgy to become rote or be set in a stifling ritual straightjacket.

Conservative Rabbi Offers 'Trial Balloon'

The movement should think about first accepting converts, and then teaching them.
Editor and Publisher

When one of the country’s leading Conservative rabbis states publicly his discomfort with a major policy of the movement, it warrants attention and consideration.

Rabbi Elliott Cosgrove

An Interactive Engagement With Jewish Wisdom


Last Tuesday evening there was a presidential debate and a Yankees playoff game. But more than 250 people turned out at Park Avenue Synagogue to hear, and participate in, a discussion on “The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Judaism,” a major work published last spring by the Rabbinical Assembly, the rabbinic arm of the movement.

Photographs By Michael Datikash
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