Rabbi Susan Elkodsi received rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR) in May of 2015 and has been spiritual leader of the Malverne Jewish Center since August of 2015. Additionally, she provides pastoral and rabbinic services to local rehab and assisted living facilities, and currently serves as VP for Communications for the Long Island Board of Rabbis. Her writing has appeared on JewishSacredAging.com, and she has presented workshops for Limmud, NY, for AJR and in the community, on ethical wills and spiritual legacies. She is currently working on a book that will share Torah wisdom “by elders, for elders.”
In 2019 Rabbi Elkodsi received a Rabbinic Certificate in Gerontology and Palliative Care from the Wurzweiler School of Social work at Yeshiva University, and takes advantage of their continuing education programs relating to aging and end-of-life issues.
She is passionate about helping Baby Boomers and older adults to find meaning and purpose in their lives within the context of Jewish tradition and teachings, and as part of a Jewish community, in however they see themselves. Over the past six years she has become an integral part of the Malverne Village community and has made many positive connections in the various Orthodox and liberal communities in the surrounding area.
Rabbi Elkodsi received a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Communication from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, spent several years working in radio and print advertising in Connecticut, and worked as a sales executive and trainer for a franchise of the Dale Carnegie organization. She and her husband, David, spent nearly 20 years running a recruitment advertising agency.
Susan is a serial knitter who loves to spin her own yarn and her essay about “Spinning Knitting and Judaism was published in The Knit Vibe by Vickie Howell in 2019. She and her husband David have two children; Phillip, a math teacher in Vermont, and Jacqueline who works in the beauty industry.