Rabbi Jay Kornsgold

Board Member

Rabbi Kornsgold has been the spiritual leader of Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor, New Jersey since 1994.

In addition to serving as Beth El’s Rabbi, Rabbi Kornsgold serves as the Vice President of the Rabbinical Assembly (the international association of Conservative rabbis) as well as a member of its Administrative Committee, Executive Council and Social Justice Commission. Rabbi Kornsgold also serves as Chair of the Budget Committee and Investment Committee. He previously served as Treasurer and Secretary. Rabbi Kornsgold is a Past President of the New Jersey Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, served as Chair of the International Social Justice Commission for nine years and Chair of the International Resolutions Committee for five years and has been a member of numerous Rabbinical Assembly committees over the years.

Rabbi Kornsgold currently serves as a member of the New Jersey State Cemetery Board, the National Council of AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), the National Rabbinic Council of State of Israel Bonds, the Board of Directors of MERCAZ, the Board of Directors of the Masorti Foundation, the Clergy and Jewish Professionals Advisory Board of the American Jewish Committee of Central New Jersey and the Advisory Board of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks.

Rabbi Kornsgold is a Past President of the Board of Rabbis of Princeton Mercer Bucks and a Past President of the Windsor-Hightstown Area Ministerium (which promotes inter-faith communication). He was a member of the Board of Directors of Abrams Hebrew Academy, the Advisory Board of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the Board of Directors of the Center for Jewish Life at Princeton University and the Spiritual Advisor to the Northern New Jersey Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs.

Rabbi Kornsgold was honored with the 2007 Rabbinic Achievement Award by the New Jersey Region of The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and in 1997 was awarded the Rabbinic Achievement Award by the Council of Jewish Federations. Rabbi Kornsgold received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree in 2021 from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in honor of his twenty-five years of service to the Conservative Movement.

Rabbi Kornsgold received his Rabbinic Ordination, his Master of Arts and Bachelor’s Degrees from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He also received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Columbia University.

Prior to coming to Beth El, Rabbi Kornsgold served at Congregation Shaare Zedek in New York City, both as a student and later after he was ordained. During his rabbinical studies, he also served as a hospital chaplain at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center. Before deciding to become a rabbi, he interned for the Mayor of Philadelphia.

Rabbi Kornsgold is married to Leslie Ann Kornsgold and they have three children: Noam (married to Gavriella), Yona (married to Tamar) and Yaffa as well as a grandson, Shemayah Yair. The rabbi was born and raised in Philadelphia and is an avid Philadelphia sports fan.

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