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  Rabbi Zvi Engel
  Rabbi of Congregation Or Torah
  Office: (847) 679-3645 ext 222

Rabbi Zvi Engel is the Rabbi of Congregation Or Torah in Skokie, IL.  In addition to his pastoral, educational, and organizational responsibilities, Rabbi Engel currently serves as the Recording Secretary of the Rabbinical Council of America. He is a former President of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, and former Chair of the Membership Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. His affiliations include AIPAC, and the Jewish United Fund of Greater Metropolitan Chicago. Before arriving in Skokie in September 2008, Rabbi Engel served as the Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Achim in Fairfield, CT, for five years.

Born and raised in Montreal, Rabbi Engel studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion, holds a B.A. in English Literature from Yeshiva University, and received his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), an affiliate of Yeshiva University, in 2002. Beyond enjoying the benefits of strong mentors within his own family and of various teachers, Rabbi Engel credits a number of formative experiences with shaping his approach to the rabbinate, including working with Jewish youth in Australia, Belarus, Canada, Israel, Poland, Ukraine, and the United States. Over the years, he served as the leader of various programs, such as: Yeshiva University's counterpoint, OU-NCSY's JOLT Program, as as a regional coordinator for OU's Yachad/Re'im Program for Jewish People with special needs.                                                              

Combining an abiding love for the Jewish People with a passion for learning and teaching Torah, Rabbi Engel strives to connect with people of all ages within the congregation and the wider community. Rabbi Engel and his wife, Laurie, are the proud parents of four children. To learn with Rabbi Engel online through a sampling of various presentations (shiurim and drashot) at Congregation Or Torah, please visit . To subscribe to Rabbi Engel's Podcast, please click here:


  Rabbi Yitzy Sprung
  Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Or Torah
  Office: (847) 679-3645

Rabbi Yitzy Sprung is the Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Or Torah and a Rebbe at the Ida Crown Jewish Academy, both in Skokie, IL. A former fellow at the Yeshiva University- Torah Mitzion Kollel of Chicago, he previously attended Yeshivat Birkat Moshe in Ma'ale Adumim for two years before obtaining a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) at Bar Ilan University.  Following Bar Ilan, Rabbi Sprung studied for three years under Rabbi Jeremy Wieder at YU's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, where he obtained rabbinical ordination. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, also at YU. Yitzy, Tiferet, and their three children Eliana, Joseph, and Kiva can be found at Timber Ridge Park, the Skokie Library, or somewhere in Or Torah. 

  Sarah Silvestri-Bernstein
  Executive Director of Congregation Or Torah
  Office: (847) 679-3645 ext 226

Sarah Silvestri- Bernstein received her Bachelors in Biology & Psychology from Yeshiva University‚Äôs Stern College for Women. She most recently served as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional at Clearbrook/The Libenu Foundation. In this role, Sarah managed the day to day operations of several group homes, coordinated with the various stakeholders including parents, the board and Clearbrook operations, while also working for Chicago Yachad. This helped lead Sarah to join the  Congregation Or Torah family. Sarah and her husband Josh got married in August 2012 and have two children, Olivia & Liam.

  Marla Kirshner
  Senior Administration Manager
  Office: 847-679-3645 ext 221


   Sara & Noah Goldman
   Youth Director of Congregation Or Torah
Sara & Noah come to Or Torah with a plethora of experience. Sara holds a BS in graphic design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and brings considerable experience in Jewish Youth education from her previous jobs as a USY Advisor and Hebrew School Teacher. Noah holds a Masters in Education from IIT and has worked professionally with children at both the Mayer Kaplan and Bernard Horwich JCC day camps and the Walder Science Center. Currently, Noah serves as the computer science teacher at Hillel Torah.  It is our pleasure to welcome Sara & Noah and their children, Abby, Gavi and Aviva to the Or Torah family. Please note that Sara & Noah can be reached by email at

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