The presidency of The NYBR rotates among denominational affiliations. The Executive Committee has the authority to act and speak for the organization, when consistent with policy set by the Board of Governors. Officers are elected to serve two-year terms.

— Our Leadership —

Rabbi Elie Weinstock


Rabbi Joseph Potasnik

Executive Vice President

Rabbi Diana Gerson

Associate Executive Vice President

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik is the Executive Vice President of The New York Board of Rabbis, the largest interdenominational rabbinic body in the world. Since 1972, he has been the spiritual and educational leader of Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights, New York.  He is presently Rabbi Emeritus. He has served as Chaplain of the New York City Fire Department since 1999. Rabbi Potasnik maintained a high profile, helping many families cope with the disaster of September 11th, 2001.

Rabbi Potasnik is the co-host along with Reverend A.R. Bernard of “The Rev and The Rabbi” which airs every Sunday morning on WABC Talk Radio, 770 AM, at 7:30 am.  Rabbi is the religious commentator for 1010 WINS Radio, succeeding the late Rabbi Marc Tannenbaum. He was the host of the TV program Faith to Faith on Jewish Broadcasting Service (“JBS”), airing around the country and inviting people of all faiths to participate in meaningful conversation.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture.

He was appointed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and reappointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the New York City Campaign Finance Board. He also served as a member of the New York Human Rights Commission, and Chaplain of the New York Press Club. Rabbi Potasnik was awarded the Jan Karski Humanitarian Award 2014 by the Polish Consulate, named in honor of a Polish patriot, a Catholic, and hero of the Polish Resistance. He also received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2014.

Rabbi Potasnik has published numerous articles in local Brooklyn newspapers, assorted Jewish newspapers and the New York Post.  His new book, “Just Give Me a Minute,” which contains many of his featured commentaries on 1010Wins was released in the winter of 2019.  He also authored the Forward for “The Illustrated Jewish Bible for Children.” In 2013, he was selected by the Forward Newspaper as one of the 50 most inspiring Rabbis.

Rabbi Potasnik received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yeshiva College, and his Master of Science from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University.  In 1972, he was ordained from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University.  In addition, in 1986 he received his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.  He is the proud father of 31-year-old Harrison Potasnik.

Rabbi Elie Weinstock is Senior Rabbi of the Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach on Long Island. Previously, he was Rabbi of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun (KJ) on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for 17 years and a member of the Judaic Studies faculty at the Ramaz School. A graduate of Yeshiva University, he received his Rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and a masters in Jewish Philosophy from the Bernard Revel Graduate school. 


Rabbi Weinstock is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute, having completed its three-year Rabbinic Leadership Initiative. He is active in UJA-Federation of New York, where he was an inaugural participant in its Rabbinic Fellowship for Visionary Leaders. A past member of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, he is a member of AIPAC’s National Council.


Rabbi Weinstock is married to Dr. Naama Weinstock, a dentist practicing in NYC. They are the proud parents of Meira, Yona, Aviva, and Yakira.

Rabbi Diana S. Gerson is the Associate Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis, where she has served since 2005. A major focus of her work has been to advance the NYBR’s leadership role in confronting family violence, domestic violence, sexual abuse and the exploitation of children by reaching across faith communities.

She has provided prevention education to thousands of clergy, faith actors and community leaders, whose role she considers critical to ending gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and all forms of violence against children. Rabbi Gerson received her Masters degree and Rabbinic Ordination in 2001 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


— Officers —

Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch

Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove, Ph.D.

Park Avenue Synagogue
Vice President

Rabbi Jason Herman

Hudson Yards Synagogue
Vice President

Rabbi Deborah K. Bravo


Rabbi Howard A. Stecker

Rabbi Rachel Ain

Sutton Place Synagogue
Recording Secretary

Rabbi Susie Heneson Moskowitz

Temple Beth Torah
Recording Secretary

Rabbi Steven Exler

Hebrew Institute of Riverdale
Financial Secretary

Rabbi Angela W. Buchdahl

Central Synagogue

Financial Secretary

Manes Kogan - Temp

Rabbi Manes Kogan

Hillcrest Jewish Center Corresponding Secretary

Rabba Sara Hurwitz

Yeshivat Maharat 

Corresponding Secretary


— Board of Governors —

Rabbi Daniel Alder

Rabbi Ronald L. Androphy

Rabbi Marc D. Angel

Rabbi Moses A. Birnbaum

Rabbi Jonathan Blake

Rabbi Ronald N. Brown, Ph.D.

Rabbi Howard R. Buechler

Rabbi Carie Carter

Rabbi Todd Chizner

Rabbi Tamar Crystal

Rabbi Joshua Davidson

Rabbi Mark Dratch

Rabbi Jason Fruithandler

Rabbi Capers Funnye, Jr.

Rabbi Lisa Gelber

Rabbi David J. Gelfand

Rabbi Matthew D. Gewirtz

Rabbi Steven H. Golden

Rabbi David E. Greenberg

Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg

Rabbi Jonathan L. Hecht

Rabbi Herbert Horowitz

Rabbi Richard J. Jacobs

Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky

Rabbi Barry Dov Katz

Rabbi Paul Kerbel

Rabbi Richard Kirsch

Rabbi Michael A. Klayman

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin

Rabbi Jill A. Kreitman

Rabbi Gabriel Kretzmer-Seed

Rabbi Neil Kurshan

Rabbi Joel Levenson

Rabbi Serge A. Lippe

Rabbi Alan B. Lucas

Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon

Rabbi Gabriel Maza

Rabbi Craig Miller

Rabbi Michael S. Miller

Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher

Rabbi Steve Moss

Rabbi Aryeh S. Oberstein

Rabbi Debra Orenstein

Rabbi Jonathan Pearl, Ph.D.

Rabbi Janise Poticha

Rabbi Jay H. Rosenbaum

Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein

Rabbi Arthur Schneier

Rabbi David Schuck

Rabbi Laurence A. Sebert

Rabbi Shlomo Segal

Rabbi Leonard A. Sharzer, M.D.

Rabbi Stephen H. Shulman

Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman

Rabbi Elliot Skiddell

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Rabbi Margorie Slome

Rabbi Felicia Sol

Rabbi Sidney Solomon

Rabbi Benjamin Spratt

Rabbi Michael Stanger

Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz

Rabbi Robert I. Summers

Rabbi Bonita Sussman

Rabbi Gerald Sussman

Rabbi Rachel Timoner

Rabbi Annie Tucker

Rabbi Gordon Tucker

Rabbi Samuel H. Weintraub

Rabbi Avraham Weiss

Rabbi Michael A. White

Rabbi Irwin Zeplowitz

Rabbi Neil Zuckerman