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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 have traveled from Kansas City, KS, where they both demonstrated impressive abilities as educators. Rabbi Shaya 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 Shaya 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 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 plans on teaching Judaic Studies to elementary grades at Farber Hebrew Day School in the Fall.

Rabbi Shaya and Rikki are joined by their enthusiastic children: Dovi, (almost 5), loves to build, Elka (3) who is great at making people smile, and Asher (11 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.


Tue, November 12 2019 14 Cheshvan 5780