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The Rabbinical Council of America was established in 1935, to advance the cause and the voice of Torah and the rabbinic tradition by promoting the welfare, interests, and professionalism of Orthodox rabbis all around the world. During the past 80 years, the RCA has been in the forefront of many issues, movements, ideas, and initiatives intended to enhance the status and impact of the many facets of Torah on Jewish life in its interactions with the world around it.

The RCA includes rabbis who have been ordained by many dozens of yeshivot and prominent rabbinic personalities. During its many decades, it has been led by outstanding rabbinic personalities. Most notable and distinguished was the late Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, guiding spirit and mentor to the RCA until his death in 1993. The RCA has been an important partner with many Jewish organizations, including Yeshiva University and RIETS in New York, Beth Medrash L'Torah in Chicago, The Beth Din of America, The Orthodox Union (of which it is the rabbinic authority), The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, various Israeli governmental agencies and offices, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, the Religious Zionists of America, the World Jewish Congress, the Jewish Welfare Board, the Memorial Foundation, and a variety of rabbinic groups and organizations, including Chief Rabbinates, all around the world.

Membership in the RCA is held by more than 1000 ordained rabbis, spread throughout 14 countries. These include congregational rabbis, teachers and academicians, military chaplains, health-care chaplains, organizational professionals, and others. A special RCA region with a central office in Jerusalem is located in Israel. It publishes important Torah and intellectual journals, holds annual conventions and conferences, and issues occasional position papers and statements on the issues of the day.

Click here to download the RCA constitution.

In servicing the Orthodox rabbinate, the RCA provides numerous services, including placement services, counseling and mentoring services for rabbis, continuing rabbinic education courses, multiple list-servs and group email communications, extensive on-line resources (under development), special convention learning sessions, occasional yemei iyyun, weekly homiletic materials mailings, members' pension plans, Beth Din-related services, cemetery purchases in Israel, a variety of rabbinic texts and resources used by rabbis in the course of their work.

Officers
President: Rabbi Leonard Matanky
Honorary President: Rabbi Shmuel Goldin
First Vice President: Rabbi Shalom Baum
Vice President, Midwest: Rabbi Zvi Engel
Vice President, Northeast: Rabbi Gedalyah Berger
Vice President, Southeast: Rabbi Efrem Goldberg
Vice President, West Coast: Rabbi Elazar Muskin
Financial Secretary: Rabbi Akiva Males
Recording Secretary: Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld 
Treasurer: Rabbi Andrew Rosenblatt

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 Alan Abramson
Rabbi Daniel Alter
Rabbi Hanan Balk
Rabbi Jack Bieler
Rabbi Binyamin Blau
Rabbi Kenneth Brodkin
Rabbi Steven Burg
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Rabbi Dovid Cohen
Rabbi Judah Dardik
Rabbi Ira Ebbin
Rabbi Joel Finkelstein
Rabbi Dov Fischer
Rabbi Arie Folger
 
Rabbi Yaakov Glasser
Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer
Rabbi Jonathan Gross
Rabbi Yonah Gross
Rabbi Jerold Isenberg
Rabbi Wesley Kalmar
Rabbi Benjamin Kelsen
Rabbi Ariel Konstantyn
Rabbi Daniel Korobkin
Rabbi Doniel Kramer
Rabbi Elly Krimsky
Rabbi Aaron Liebtag
Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern
Rabbi Yechiel Morris
Rabbi Ari Perl
Rabbi Chaim Poupko
 
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
Rabbi Daniel Rabhan
Rabbi Benjamin Samuels
Rabbi Mordechai Scher
Rabbi Gideon Shloush
Rabbi Shmuel Silber
Rabbi Ze'ev Smason
Rabbi Adam Starr
Rabbi Chaim Strauchler
Rabbi Kalman Topp
Rabbi Brahm Weinberg
Rabbi Elie Weinstock
Rabbi Elie Weissmann
Rabbi Howard Wolk
Rabbi David Wolkenfeld
Rabbi Howard Zack 


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