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The Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc) is an organization of over 120 Orthodox Rabbis, making the cRc the largest regional Orthodox Rabbinical organization in North America. Members of the cRc occupy positions of prominence in congregations, Jewish education and related fields of Rabbinic leadership and communal service. We are actively engaged in creating and sustaining a thriving and vibrant Orthodox Community in the greater Chicago area, throughout the Midwest, and in other cities. The Chicago Rabbinical Council serves as an agent for many important projects on behalf of the American Jewish Community.

In addition to our Kashruth supervisory services ( Consumer Kosher and Commercial Kosher ), we maintain a Rabbinic Court (Beth Din) for Jewish Religious Divorces, conversions, arbitrations and mediation. Our Council also deals with community relations, funeral standards, legislative issues, youth and education, as well as other community activities. We represent the Orthodox rabbinate in a wide range of venues serving the larger Jewish and general communities.

Education And Youth Committee
Through its Youth Fund, the cRc supports the programming and activities of the Mesorah region of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth and Bnei Akiva of Chicago. The cRc also sponsors a Young Adult Education Committee for the benefit of young singles and young married couples, nationally acclaimed weekends for singles, lecture programs, and opportunities for social action. The cRc also services Jewish youth on the various college campuses of our city and state.

Other Publications
In addition to its annual kashruth publications, the cRc has published a series of pamphlets. They are not intended to serve as a "layman’s Jewish law book" but rather as introductions to further study. For the interpretation and practical applications of the details mentioned therein, readers are advised to consult an Orthodox Rabbi. Pamphlets dealing with the following topics are available:

Bar Mitzvah Observance
The Brith Milah Ceremony
The Rite of Circumcision
Functions of the Cohen
Conversions and Adoptions
Jewish Divorce
Jewish Education
The Jewish Calendar and Holidays
A Guide to Keeping Kosher
Righteousness and Good Works
The Synagogue
Jewish Wedding


HaRav Gedalia Dov Schwartz, Shlit"a
Rosh Beth Din

HaRav Yona Reiss, Shlit"a
Av Beth Din


Rabbi Sholem Fishbane
Kashruth Administrator

Rabbi Levi Mostofsky
Executive Director

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