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Since its founding in 1935 by alumni of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and its merger, in 1942, with the rabbinic alumni of the Hebrew Theological College (Chicago, IL), the RCA has been led by outstanding rabbinic personalities, including its esteemed past presidents.  Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt”l was the RCA’s guiding spirit and mentor for decades, until his death in 1993.

Products of dozens of yeshivot in Israel, America, and elsewhere, the 1000 members of the RCA serve the Jewish world in 18 countries.  Members serve as congregational rabbis; mechanchim; military, prison, and health care chaplains; community organizational professionals; academicians; kashruth, youth, outreach, and beit din professionals, and more.  Our many members living in Israel are organized as the RCA’s Israel Region.

Furthering devotion to God, His people, and His Torah, the RCA for generations has played, and today continues to play, an integral role in Jewish life around the world:

  • It provided material and spiritual support to Soviet refuseniks, was active in the United States Civil Rights movement, and fought for the legal accommodation of Shabbat observance in the United States.

  • It helped to launch OU Kosher, and fought on behalf of shechitah and more humane treatment of animals.

  • It was in the forefront of promoting mechitza usage and halachic standards in North American synagogues.

  • It fostered improved observance of halachic burial and funeral rites, and conditions in Jewish cemeteries.

  • It provides placement, career guidance, pension services, collegiality, and training to generations of rabbis and the hundreds of communities they serve.

  • Its members build and sustain Jewish schools, mikvaot, synagogues, and reliable local kashruth supervision agencies throughout the United States.

  • It provides intellectual leadership though its publication of Tradition, a Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought; Hadarom (1957-2005); and, its Sermon Manual (1943-1986).

  • The familiar RCA siddur, published in 1960 (de Sola Pool) and 1984 (Artscroll), has lofted countless prayers heavenward. A new edition is being readied for publication. Its Lifecycle Madrikh has given proper halachic guidance at innumerable weddings, funerals, and more.

  • It steadily encourages productive citizenship among Jews, champions their rights everywhere, and provides religious leadership which firmly and unconditionally supports the State of Israel.

  • It expresses to Jewish and general society the outlook of traditional Jewish law and thought regarding a wide variety of contemporary issues, including filing amicus curiae briefs in cases of significant judicial concern to the Jewish community.

  • It works closely with the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), serving as its rabbinic arm.

  • It proudly hosts and works closely with the Beth Din of America (BDA) and advocates for widespread use of the joint BDA/RCA Halachic Prenuptial Agreement, which it helped to create.

  • It maintains a strong working relationship with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, the Conference of European Rabbis, and other rabbinic and Jewish communal organizations throughout the world.

  • It represents North America Orthodox Jewry in its relations with Israeli and American government officials and other bodies. Its voice at the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations is heard clearly.

  • It works together with the Catholic Church and other religious groups through the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultation (IJCIC).

Officers
President: Rabbi Shalom Baum
Honorary President: Rabbi Leonard Matanky
First Vice President: Rabbi Elazar Muskin
Vice President, Midwest: Rabbi Howard Zack
Vice President, Northeast: Rabbi Daniel Korobkin
Vice President, Southeast: Rabbi Tsvi Schur
Vice President, West Coast: Rabbi Kalman Topp
Financial Secretary: Rabbi Arie Folger
Recording Secretary: Rabbi Shmuel Silber 
Treasurer: Rabbi Binyamin Blau

Staff
Rabbi Mark Dratch, Executive Vice President
Rabbi Basil Herring, Editor-in-Chief, RCA Publications
Rabbi Barry Kornblau, Director of Member Services
Rabbi Reuven Tradburks, Representative in Israel
Rabbi Michael Zylberman, Administrator, Regional Courts for Conversion
Shaul Hen, Director of Operations
Marilyn Amar, Executive Assistant
Dov Levine, Controller

Executive Committee
Rabbi Daniel Alter
Rabbi Shalom Axelrod
Rabbi Gedalyah Berger
Rabbi Jack Bieler
Rabbi Nasanayl Braun
Rabbi Kenneth Brodkin
Rabbi Steven Burg
Rabbi Michael Davies
Rabbi Pini Dunner
Rabbi Ira Ebbin
Rabbi Zvi Engel
Rabbi Ephraim Epstein
Rabbi David Fine
Rabbi Daniel Friedman
Rabbi Aaron Glatt
Rabbi Efrem Goldberg
 
Rabbi Zev Goldberg
Rabbi Stuart Grant
Rabbi Seth Grauer
Rabbi Jerold Isenberg
Rabbi Benjamin Kelsen
Rabbi Doniel Kramer
Rabbi Elly Krimsky
Rabbi Binyamin Krohn
Rabbi Aaron Liebtag
Rabbi Uriel Lubetski
Rabbi Chaim Marcus
Rabbi Chaim Marder
Rabbi Yehuda Oppenheimer
Rabbi Ariel Rackovsky
Rabbi Mitchell Rocklin
Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld
 
Rabbi Elchanan Schulgasser
Rabbi Yerachmiel Seplowitz
Rabbi Yechiel Shaffer
Rabbi Evan Shore
Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
Rabbi Adam Starr
Rabbi Chaim Strauchler
Rabbi Gil Student
Rabbi Eliyahu Teitz
Rabbi Yaakov Trump
Rabbi Elie Weinstock
Rabbi Elie Weissman
Rabbi Michael Whitman
Rabbi Mark Wildes
Rabbi David Wilensky
Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler  

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