Rabbi Leonard A. 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 the presidium of the Religious Zionists of America and 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 fifteen.