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Rabbi Shaya Katz


Young Israel of Oak Park is thrilled to welcome Rabbi Shaya and Rebbetzin Rikki Katz and family to our community. Their energetic and skilled leadership will surely guide our shul to new heights.

Rabbi Shaya and Rikki Katz have traveled from Kansas City, KS, where they both demonstrated impressive abilities as educators. Rabbi Katz served as the Executive Director of the Kansas City Community Kollel, teaching hundreds of classes and running Jewish programming throughout the community, as well as being the assistant rabbi for the local Shul, Beth Israel Avraham Voliner. Rikki has worked for a variety of Jewish institutions, most recently as an elementary Judaic Studies teacher at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, and working part-time for the KC Kollel, particularly with women's programming.

Rabbi Katz grew up in Baltimore, MD, and studied abroad for two years in Yeshivat Hakotel, after which he was awarded a full scholarship to be part of Yeshiva University's Masmidim Honors Programs for advanced Judaic studies. After graduating with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Architecture, he received his ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and earned a Master's degree from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, along with a certificate in Jewish Communal Service. He worked as an assistant rabbi for the Riverdale Jewish Center, while also acting as their resident social worker. Rikki Katz has her degree in Biology as well as an Associates in Jewish Studies from Stern College. She currently teaches Judaic studies and Ivrit to the second grade of Farber Hebrew Day School Yeshivat Akiva.

Rabbi Shaya and Rikki are joined by their enthusiastic children: Dovi (5), who loves to build, Elka (3) who is great at making people smile, and Asher (15 months) who has adorable dimples. The Katz family is grateful for the warm welcome they have already received from the YIOP community, and look forward to connecting even more and building a stronger shul together.

Rabbi Katz can be reached at Rabbi@YIOP.org

Sat, December 7 2019 9 Kislev 5780