Rabbi Zachary Sitkin has been named full-time Assistant Rabbi of Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle. Associate Rabbi Joshua Dorsch is assuming the role of Senior Rabbi at Tifereth Israel Synagogue in San Diego. Sitkin, who has been with Beth El on a part-time basis for a year, looks forward to starting July 1.
“Working at Beth El over the past year has been a true blessing for my family,” Rabbi Sitkin said. “We are excited to join the Beth El community full time where we will continue to build profound and meaningful relationships.”
Rabbi Sitkin previously worked at Congregation Eitz Chaim in Monroe, NY and participated in a half-unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Sitkin’s love for Judaism began when he started becoming involved in his local USY chapter in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania and flourished while on the Nativ gap-year program in Israel, where he studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and worked on Kibbutz Sa’ad in the South.
Rabbi Sitkin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received dual Bachelors degrees in both Psychology and Religious Studies. While at Pitt, Rabbi Sitkin co-founded a Beit Midrash, led the conservative minyan on Shabbat, and beat-boxed in the Pitt Hillel’s a cappella group, the VoKols, where he met his wife, Lisa. Rabbi Sitkin received his rabbinic ordination in May 2016 from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City where he also received a Master of Arts in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature. Rabbi Sitkin, his wife Lisa, and their son Avi live in New Rochelle.
Rabbi Sitkin said one of the many programs he’s excited about running this fall is a weekly night of learning that consists of Torah study from one of three teachers as well as a monthly “scholar-in-residence.” Food and drinks will be provided each week.
“Rabbi Sitkin is a true mentsch deep down in his bones and one feels this within moments of being in his presence,” said Rabbi David Schuck. “He is engaging, a compassionate listener, and he loves teaching Torah whenever he has the chance. We are so blessed to be guided by his leadership and wisdom here at Beth El.”
Beth El Synagogue Center is located at 1324 North Avenue in New Rochelle.