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About Rabbi Gavriel Koskas

Rabbi Gavriel Koskas is the Rabbi, spritual leader and Hacham of Magen David Congregation. He has a unique background: he is vibrant, young and eager; his learning spans the globe; and he is well-versed in Aram Soba's traditions and hazanut. Originally from France, Rabbi Koskas learned under Rabbi Yaakov Toledano in Paris at a young age. He then went on to further his learning at the prestigious Gateshead Yeshiva in England under the guidance of Rabbi Matisyahu Salomon. Eventually Rabbi Koskas was convinced to move to the United States, where he learned not only in Lakewood, New Jersey-where he once-again reunited with Rabbi Salomon-but also spent a number of years under the tutelage of Rabbi Elya Ber Wachtfogel in South Fallsburg Yeshiva-considered today to be one of the most prestigious yeshivot in the world. When Rabbi Koskas was approached by the members of Magen David, he was in Mexico City, Mexico learning in kollel under the guidance of the Gaon Rabbi David Shwekey. Throughout the years, Rabbi Koskas has developed extraordinarily close relationships-a mere phone call away- with all the rabbis from where he has learned. He regularly consults with them when the need arises. The community and Rabbi Koskas are also members of the Sephardic Rabbinical Council of Brooklyn, New York under the leadership of Chief Rabbi Saul Kassin, Shalit"a.Rabbi Koskas brings with him a tremendous wealth of Torah knowledge and a deep understanding of complex concepts and laws. His fluency of multiple languages-Hebrew, English, French, Spanish and Yiddish-is of great worth, especially since guests from Latin America, Canada, Europe and Israel regularly find their way to Magen David. With the arrival of Rabbi Koskas, the community has experienced the tremendous growth that the Board was looking for, both in learning and in the number of congregants.



Fri, May 24 2024 16 Iyyar 5784