RCA Appoints Rabbi Leonard Matanky As New President


rabbi-leonard-matankyAt its recent convention, the Rabbinical Council of America  (RCA) announced the appointment of Rabbi Leonard Matanky as its new president, replacing outgoing president Rabbi Shmuel Goldin.

Rabbi Matanky has been the spiritual leader of congregation K.I.N.S. of West Rogers Park in Chicago for the past sixteen years. During his tenure, the shul has experienced a significant revival and is now one of the leading Orthodox shuls in the Midwest.

In 1981 Rabbi Matanky received semicha and a Masters degree in Religious Education from the Hebrew Theological College in Skokee, Illinois. A year later he completed a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Loyola University. In 1989 he received a PhD from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at New York University.

In addition to his responsibilities at K.I.N.S, Rabbi Matanky is also the Dean of Ida Crown Jewish Academy.

Rabbi Matanky is currently finishing his second term as president of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, and currently serves on the boards of the Religious Zionists of America and Camp Moshava. He is also co-Chairman of the Rabbinic Action Committee of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Rabbi Matanky has lectured across the United States, Israel and Europe, and is the author of numerous educational articles, including chapters in “The Ultimate Jewish Teachers’ Handbook” and “What We Know About Jewish Education.”

Rabbi Matanky is married to Margaret (Novick), and is the father of seven children –  Yaakov z”l, Mrs. Chani Isenberg, Mrs. Raanana Stein, Mrs. Shoshana Neikrug, Mr.  Yitzchak Matanky, Avi and Elisheva – and the proud zaida of eight.

Matzav.com wishes him much hatzlachah in his new role.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}