About Us

We are KINS of West Rogers Park

Welcome to Congregation K.I.N.S. of West Rogers Park. Congregation K.I.N.S. is a warm and vibrant shul dedicated to meaningful tefilla, engaging Torah study, community involvement, and support of Israel.

About Our Rabbis

Rabbi Matanky

Rabbi Leonard A. Matanky has served as the Rabbi of Congregation KINS of West Rogers Park since 1994, and Dean of Ida Crown Jewish Academy since 1995. A native Chicagoan, he was ordained and received a Masters degree in Religious Education in 1981 from the Hebrew Theological College, a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Loyola University in 1982, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York University, in 1989.

Rabbi Matanky is the immediate past president of the Rabbinical Council of America, the past president of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, and currently serves on numerous boards including, Chicago Rabbinical Council, Religious Zionists of Chicago, the Center for the Jewish Future of Yeshiva University, Camp Moshava, and is co-Chair 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 the father of seven children, Yaakov, z”l, Chani (Rabbi Yehuda) Isenberg, Raanana (Reuven) Stein, Shoshana (Benjamin) Neikrug, Yitzchak (Aviva), Avi and Elisheva; and the grandfather of thirteen.

Rabbi Lerner

Rabbi Lerner is a musmach of RIETS and a current doctoral student at the University of Chicago Divinity School​, where he serves as the Orthodox student advisor at Hillel.

Rabbi Lerner was born and raised in London, and studied for three years in Israel at Yeshivat Har Etzion, after which he recieved a BA in Literature from Yeshiva University in New York. While in New York, Rabbi Lerner was a Fellow at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, a rabbinic intern at Lincoln Square Synagogue, a Tikva Fellow, ​and a shiur assistant for Rabbi Daniel Rapp.

It is his pleasure, together with his wife Miriam, to be part of this extraodinary community.

Board Of Directors

Officers & Executive Board 2016
  • Chairman, Board of Directors
    Dr. Eli Jacobs
  • President
    Lev Katz
  • Executive Vice Presidents
    Yoel Goldberg
    Richard Silverman
  • Vice Presidents – Ways and Means
    Jeremy Amster
    Rabbi Larry Feder
    Dr. Stephen Karesh
    Dr. Yigal Yahav
  • Vice Presidents – Building and Grounds
    Kenny Landsman
  • Vice Presidents – Membership
    Marc Halpert
    Michael Perl
  • Vice Presidents – Ritual
    Sheldon Aberman
    Alan Gershman
    Hillel Shapiro
    Alan Sorscher
  • Vice Presidents- Cemetery
    Dr. Stephen Karesh
    Lev Katz
    Robert W. Matanky
  • Treasurer
    David Shiner
  • Recording Secretary
    Naomi Samber
  • Financial Secretary
    Sherwin Schneiderman
  • Special Events Liaison
    Rachel Neikrug
  • Board of Directors
    Sandy Aberman
    Dr. Harvey Abramowitz
    Shmuel Brandman
    William Coleman
    Susan Feuer
    Tzvi Frankenthal
    Yehudit Gavant**
    Elise Glassenberg
    Sonia R. Goldberg
    Kevin Greenberg
    Rabbi Yehuda Isenberg
    Joel Jacobson
    Elan Magence
    Rabbi Mordecai Magence
    Sam Medow
    Dr. Channah Naiman
    Joseph Samuels
    Dr. Dov Shapiro
    Ethel Shiner
    Kalman Shiner
    Vivienne Sklar
    Devora Sorscher
    Edward Stopek
    Shelley Stopek
  • Past Presidents
    Shmuel Brandman
    Ari Engelhart
    Rabbi Larry Feder
    Dr. Eli Jacobs
    Dr. Stephen Karesh
    Judge Erwin Katz
    Neal Stein
    Oscar Wasserman
    Dr. Yigal Yahav
  • ** Sisterhood President
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