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Rabbi and Rebbetzin Gelman

Rabbi Shaanan Gelman was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up in the Bronx.  He earned a B.S. in Computer Science at          
Yeshiva College and Semicha from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanon Theological Seminary.  He spent three years studying in Israel, two at Yeshivat Hakotel and later on at the Gruss Institute in Bayit Vegan.  He was a Kollel Fellow in the Boca Raton Community Kollel, where he served as spiritual leader of the Explanatory Service.  Rabbi Gelman is a memb
er of the Rabbinical Council of America, and has served on the executive board. He is an active member of the Chicago Rabbinical Council and is currently the VIce President of the organization.  Rabbi Gelman is a fervent Zionist and is active in AIPAC and has conducted a number of campaigns on behalf of our brethren in Israel, including a solidarity mission to Israel. 
Since his arrival as the Rabbi of our shul, Chovevei Tzion has witnessed significant growth – from approximately 60 to 200 families.   Together with his Rebetzin, Tziporah, the Gelman’s are a powerful team providing for the spiritual as well as emotional needs of our community.
Rebbitzen Tziporah Gelman was born and raised in Twin Rivers, NJ. She earned a B.A. in English Communications with a focus on Advertising at Stern College for Women. She spent one and a half years studying in Israel at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim. Rebbitzen Gelman worked for Johnson and Johnson writing internal communications and after having her first child, assumed the role of the Assistant Youth Director of the Boca Raton Synagogue. Rebbitzen Gelman is currently a 7th grade Chumash teacher at Arie Crown Hebrew Day School and a licensed Zumba Instructor and AFAA Certfied Group Fitness Instructor. She is an active member of the N’Shei Tzion, the KCT Youth Department and enjoys teaching kallot (brides) and Bat Mitzvah Girls whether in the Matan Bat Mitzvah Program or one on one. Together with her husband Shaanan, the Gelman’s are a powerful team providing for the spiritual as well as emotional needs of our community. The Gelman's have five children, Zerachya, Avraham , Dalia, Shalom and Adir.
Rabbi Gelman can be contacted by calling (847) 673-8592 or by emailing him at Rabbi@SkokieShul.org.

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