Rabbi Elazar Muskin
Rabbi, Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles, CA
Mar 14, 2014
Rabbi Muskin serves as 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, 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. Prior to assuming this position he served as Rabbi for 5 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 eleven years, helping establish it as a premier summer program for American college students interested in volunteering in Israel.
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.
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 a contributing columnist for the weekly Torah Portion article which appears in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal newspaper. He also 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 as a Commissioner from 2001-2006 on the Human Relations Commission of the City of Los Angeles. He is presently serving his fifth term as a National Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of America and chaired its 2006 Annual Convention. He also served as President of the Rabbinical Council of California from 1992-1997.