RZA Leadership

Presidium

Martin Oliner

Martin Oliner is an attorney who has engaged in private practice since 1972. Mr. Oliner received a J.D. in 1971 and an L.L.M. in Taxation in 1977 from New York University Law School. He is a member of Phi Betta Kappa and the Order of the Coif, and has taught at both Touro Law School and New York Law School.

Mr. Oliner’s legal practice principally involved international tax and workouts. He has extensive experience in international finance, investment banking, real estate, corporate organization and reorganization matters. His clients have included HSBC and the Saudi British Bank. He has published numerous articles and spoken to many professional groups.

Since September 1992, Mr. Oliner has served full time as Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Lincoln Holdings, an insurance and real estate holding company. He has also served as a Director of Regency Equities, Asian Oceanic Capital Corporation, and New Navy LDA.

Mr. Oliner serves as one of six members of the Executive Board of Touro College. He is a founder of the San Francisco School of Osteopathic Medicine and has served as a director of the New York School of Podiatry.

Locally, Mr. Oliner served as President of Congregation Sharray Tefila for three years, co-chairman of the Village’s Board of Design since its inception, and a member of the HAFTR Board for many years. He has provided extensive pro bono assistance to many local organizations and has regularly opened his home for fundraising events. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Village of Lawrence and as chairman of the Religious Zionists of America.

Martin Oliner is married to Reva. They have enjoyed raising their family in Lawrence since 1983.

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Dr. Ernest H. Agatstein

Ernest H. Agatstein, MD FACS, is a founding member of West Coast Urology a  large  private  practice  urology  group  serving  Southern California  since  1987.   Dr. Agatstein is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles where he also received his medical degree and was admitted to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He completed his surgical internship, general surgery training and urologic surgery residency at UCLA Medical Center.

Board-certified and Board-recertified by the American Board of Urology, Dr. Agatstein is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and has served as Chief of Staff at Centinela Hospital Medical Center and as the Chief of Urology of   Downey Regional Medical Center.He has served  as  President  of the Los  Angeles  Urologic  Society. He is a board  member  of Verity Health , the  owner/operator of  6  large  hospitals  in California. He is  the Chief  Medical Officer  of  Spinal Singularity, a  bio-tech  start up , actively involved  in designing  new  urologic  devices  to help  spinal cord  injured  patients.

Dr Agatstein  has  been  the President and Chairman of the Board  of  Young Israel  of  Hancock Park. He  served  as the  President of the Religous Zionists  of Los  Angeles  from 1995-2016 . He  has  been teaching Daf  Yomi  continuousy  since  1989 , being  honored  with   publicly completing the Shas for the  Los Angeles  community   at the  Los  Angeles Siyum Hashas  in 2012.   He  received  Smicha  from Yeshivat Pirchai Shoshanim  in 2015 .

He  and  his wife  Suzanne, an attorney, live in Hancock Park and  have  5 children and  10 grandchildren .

Presidium

Rabbi Leonard Matanky

Rabbi Leonard Matanky received rabbinical ordination and a master’s degree in Religious Education from Hebrew Theological College. That year, he began teaching Judaic studies at Ida Crown Jewish Academy, a coeducational Modern Orthodox high school in Chicago. Matanky subsequently earned a Masters in Educational Administration from Loyola University in 1982, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences New York University in 1989.

In 1994 he assumed the pulpit of Congregation K.I.N.S. in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. He was appointed Dean of ICJA in 1996. In 2013, he succeeded Rabbi Shmuel Goldin as President of the Rabbinical Council of America. Rabbi Matanky has served as President of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, and is on the boards of the Religious Zionists of Chicago and Camp Moshava. He is also co-Chairman of the Rabbinic Action Committee of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and serves on the rabbinic advisory committees of the YU Torah MiTzion Kollel of Chicago, and World Bnei Akiva.

Chairman

Rabbi Dr. Solomon F. Rybak

Rabbi Solomon F. Rybak was ordained by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and earned a PhD in Semitic Languages and Cultures from Yeshiva University. He has been the rabbi of Congregation Adas Israel in Passaic, NJ since 1984 where he has played a leading role in revitalizing the community. Rabbi Rybak is a past president of the Rabbinical Alumni of RIETS, former chairman of the Geirus Commission of the RCA, and the former chairman of the RCA Educational Centers in Israel. He has also served on the Rabbinnic Kashrus Commission of the RCA overseeing the kashrus operations of the OU. Rabbi Rybak helped organize the RCA’s Manhattan Beth Din for Conversions and served as its head working closely with the office of the Chief Rabbinate in Israel.

A board member of RIETS at Yeshiva University, Rabbi Rybak also serves locally as a board member of the Passaic-Clifton Jewish Family Services and the Daughters of Miriam Geriatric Center. He has been honored by many organizations including the RZA in the year 2000 at its national dinner held at the Sheraton Hotel in NYC. Rabbi Rybak is the author of numerous publications and has taught at Yeshiva University High School and Touro College.

Honorary Presidents

Rabbi J. B. Soloveitchik, z”l
Rabbi Louis Bernstein, z”l
Shragai Cohen, z”l
Morris L. Green, z”l
Arie Halpern, z”l
Hermann Merkin
Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm
Rabbi Hershel Schachter
Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth
Rabbi Arthur Schneier
Bert L. Kahn
Jack Nagel
Rabbi Simcha Krauss
Rabbi Yosef Blau

Presidium

Martin Oliner
Rabbi Leonard Matanky
Dr. Ernest Agatstein

Chairman of the Board

Rabbi Solomon Rybak

Honorary Chairman of the Board

Dr. Jonathan Halpert

Vice Presidents

Seymour Shapiro
Bernard Fuchs
Mark Cohen
Steven Flatow
Rabbi Jerold Isenberg
Walter Feinblum
Ronald Goldman

Treasurer

Harvey Liebman

Assistant Treasurer

Robert Roschwalb

Secretary

Rabbi Leonard Guttman

Beit Din Hakavod

Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz
Rabbi Zevulun Charlop

Executive Vice President Emeritus

Israel Friedman z”l