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Staff & Contacts

The Chicago Rabbinical Council
2701 W. Howard St.
Chicago, IL 60645

   (773) 465-3900
General Fax:
   (773) 465-6632
Kashruth Dept. Fax:
   (773) 465-6929

Business Manager Fax (Rabbi Abe Sharp):

(773) 465-7219

General Questions and Information:


European Office: Rabbi Eli Lubelsky

                           Lange Leemstraat 279

                           Antwerp, Belgium 2018

                           Phone: +32 32302083 Fax: +32 32303101     E-mail

For specific employee contact information, see below.



- The cRc Staff -

Harav Gedalia Dov Schwartz  
Av Bet Din - Chief Rabbi

Rabbi Schwartz, Shlit"a, is an internationally recognized scholar and rabbinic leader. Final authority on all religious questions for the cRc, Rabbi Schwartz is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on Jewish law. He also serves as the Head of the Beth Din of America in New York.

(773) 465-3900 ext 118 • e-mail

Rabbi Moshe Kushner  
Executive Director
and Kashruth Rabbinical Coordinator

Rabbi Moshe Kushner a native of Chicago was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College and holds a B.A. from Loyola University. Prior to his arrival at the cRc as senior Kashrus coordinator he served as director of Camp Moshava for twenty-six years. He is also a certified Mohel and has been a member of the cRc for over three decades.

Responsibilities Include:
Trucking Industry
Kosher Fest

(773) 465-3900 ext 111 • e-mail 


Rabbi Dr. B. D. Liebenstein  
Commissioner of the Kashruth Committee

The cRc Kashruth Division is governed by a group of 15 esteemed Rabbis of the Greater Chicago area. Rabbi Dr. Liebenstein, a renowned Rabbi and authority in the field of education, has expertly headed "The Kashruth Committee" for the past decades.



Rabbi Sholem Fishbane  
Kashruth Administrator

One of the bright young stars in the field of Kosher Supervision, Rabbi Fishbane directs our Kosher Supervision service with energy and a dedication to our clients. He previously served as a Rabbinic Field Coordinator for the Orthodox Union and Rabbi of the Saranac Synagogue in Buffalo NY. Rabbi Fishbane has been elected as Executive Director of A.K.O. (Association of Kashrus Organizations).

(773) 465-3900 ext 104 • e-mail 

Rabbi Alan Abramson   photo
Beth Din Administrator

Rabbi Alan M. Abramson was ordained at Yeshiva University and holds a B.A. from Yeshiva College and an M.B.A. from Adelphi University. A past president of the cRc, Rabbi Abramson is the menahel (administrator) of the Beth Din and the Rabbi of Anshe Motele Congregation of Chicago.

Responsibilities Include:
Gittin (Jewish Divorce)
Dinei Torah (Halachic Arbritration)
Geirus (Jewish Conversion)
Halachic Status Documentation
Rabbinic Welfare

(773) 465-3900 ext 106 • e-mail 

Rabbi Chaim Goldzweig  
Member, Kashruth Commission
Kashruth Consultant

One of the world’s most respected Kashruth experts, Rabbi Goldzweig has traveled extensively for the past 3 decades and inspected the Kashruth status of thousands of food plants.



Administrative Rabbinical Coordinator

Responsibilities Include:
Flavor Industry
Ingredient Review


(773) 465-3900 ext 110 e-mail 


Rabbi Yaakov Eisenbach   photo
Rabbinical Coordinator

Responsibilities Include:
Food Service Industry


(773) 465-3900 ext 109 • e-mail 

Rabbi Moshe Moscowitz   photo
Senior Rabbinical Coordinator


Responsibilities Include:
Chemical Industry
Spice Industry
Condiment Industry
dB Administrator

(773) 465-3900 ext 115 • e-mail 

Rabbi Dovid Oppenheimer   photo
Rabbinical Coordinator
Ingredient Approval Director


Responsibilities Include:

Industrial Bakeries

Juice & Soda Industry

Candy and Nut Industry

(773) 465-3900 ext 114 • e-mail 


Rabbi Yossi landa  
Rabbinical Coordinator

Responsibilities Include:
Dairy Industry

(773) 465-3900 ext 120 e-mail

Rabbi Abe Sharp   photo

cRc Business Manager

Assistant to the Administrator

Responsibilities Include:

Accounts Receivable

New Contracts

Contract & Trademark Compliance

Email Alerts

(773) 465-3900 ext 117 • e-mail 

Fax 773-465-7219

Shalva Meyers   photo
Executive Assistant - Kashruth Dept.
and Personal Assistant to HaRav Schwartz


(773) 465-3900 ext 118 • e-mail 

Basya Israel   photo


(773) 465-3900 ext 113 • e-mail 

linda LEFKOWITZ   photo
cRc and Texas-K
Kashruth Support Staff

(773) 465-3900 ext 108 • e-mail 

Jan Mishkin  

Office Manager

Kashruth Support Staff
Computer and Database Coordinator




(773) 465-3900 ext 112 • e-mail 


Sora Laya Friedman  
Bookkeeping Staff

(773) 465-3900 ext 100 • e-mail 


Biranit Kohn  
Beth Din Support

(773) 465-3900 ext 101 • e-mail 


Aaron rothenberg    
Senior Programmer

(773) 465-3900 ext 120 • e-mail