Follow the sermons, music, lectures and conversations of Rabbis Elliot Cosgrove, Neil Zuckerman, and Ethan Witkovsky and Cantors Azi Schwartz, and Rachel Brook. Park Avenue Synagogue seeks to inspire, educate, and support our membership and listeners towards living passion-filled Jewish lives. Through spirited prayer, study, observance and acts of kindness we aspire to foster deep connections with each other, our Torah, our God, the people and State of Israel and our shared humanity. More information available at www.pasyn.org or follow us @parkavesyn or https://www.facebook.com/parkavenuesyn
Sermon – Rabbi Steven Philp – This Pride, No Equivocation – June 26, 2021
Our tradition teaches us to search for the truth that can be found on both sides of a disagreement. Yet when it comes to the dignity of other people, there can be no equivocation. In celebration of Pride, Rabbi Philp challenges us to create communities that welcome our LGBTQ friends and neighbors.
Sermon – Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove – Rabbi Dr. AaronPanken, Z"l – September 19, 2018
Taking inspiration from his friend and colleague Rabbi Aaron Panken, z”l, Rabbi Cosgrove enjoins us to make the values of our loved ones meaningful in our own lives.
Sermon – Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove – From Pandemic to Purpose – June 19, 2021
Are there any lessons that we should take with us when, please God, the pandemic is but a memory? Rabbi Cosgrove challenges us to appreciate our blessings, to pay attention to the problems that the pandemic has exposed, and to move forward with intention to live meaningful lives.
Sermon – Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove – Fault Lines– June 5, 2021
Returning from a rabbinic mission to Israel following the recent violence between Israelis and Palestinians, Rabbi Cosgrove delivers a mixed report of gloomy realities tempered by reasons for hope.
Dialogue - Jennifer Stern Granowitz and Erin Beser: How We Talk About Gender – June 7, 2021
How We Talk About Gender
In honor of Pride Month, the How We Talk About team discusses gender – how we can affirm the presence of a truly diverse and inclusive Jewish community by sharing pronouns, offering alternatives to gendered and binary Jewish rituals (such as bar/bat mitzvah), and thinking about alternative ways to form groups or teams instead of boys vs. girls. What is the important conversation that we need to have about gender in the Jewish community? Jen Stern Granowitz and Erin Beser are joined by Dubbs Weinblatt, the Associate Director of Education and Training for Metro New York at Keshet and the Founder and Executive Producer of Thank You For Coming Out, a podcast and live improv show celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. Weinblatt is currently undergoing a physical transition to better affirm their gender identity and embarking upon a journey to their adult B-mitzvah, a gender-neutral approach to the traditional Jewish coming-of-age ceremony. Listen for advice and guidance about how to have these important conversations about gender.
Discussion and Reflection Questions
What are ways you have made your classroom inclusive regarding gender? What is the next step to make your learning environment more inclusive?
Is there a time when you used gendered language when, in hindsight, you could have used different language?
Question from Dubbs Weinblatt: Think of a time when you were able to bring your full self into a space – fully celebrated and fully affirmed. What did that feel like? How did you know that you were fully affirmed? How did that moment of authenticity affect your relationship with the community you were in? And how can you take that feeling and bring it back to your classroom/learning space/community to help create the same space for others to belong?
Sermon – Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove – Showing Up for Israel – May 22, 2021
What if we threw a rally for Israel and nobody showed up? Rabbi Cosgrove speaks to the battle for the soul of American Jewry and the continued importance of investing in Israel’s future and well-being.
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So glad I found this podcast
Enjoyed your Nov. 23rd sermon, Rabbi Ethan.
I truly enjoy your podcast. I live in eastern NC and excluding Wilmington, NC (which is a 6-hour round-trip drive), there are only 2 operating synagogues in the entire region ONE SUGGESTION: I’ve had to dump the iOS native podcast app after 15 months of misery following an Apple update. As a result I have moved my 100+ podcasts to the “Podcast App” (free app, blue icon). Thus far, YOUR podcast is the only one that I have not been able to locate on my new app. Please have The Park Avenue Podcast added to the podcast line-up for the Podcast App. Thanks!!
Another insightful and relevant sermon
Well worth listening to