Meet Our Rabbi

“...an imposing and articulate religious leader,” are the words used by the Very Reverend Lord Immanuel Jakobovits zt’l, former Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth of Nations, to describe Rabbi Philip Lefkowitz.

Rabbi Lefkowitz has served in the Rabbinate for over forty years, holding positions in the United States, Canada and Great Britain, where he held the post of Senior Minister to the Whitefield Hebrew Congregation of Manchester – one of the most significant Jewish congregations in the English provinces. In Chicago, the Rabbi served as Assistant Executive Director of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, in which capacity he represented the Orthodox Rabbinate before government agencies as well as the community at large. Rabbi Lefkowitz has served Agudas Achim North Shore Congregation as its Rabbi for more than a decade.

The Rabbi authored two monographs, “The Jew and Zion, An Eternal Bond” and “Israel and the American Diaspora - Conflict or Commitment” which were published by the Chicago Rabbinical Council and the Religious Zionists of Chicago respectively. A well known public speaker, Rabbi Lefkowitz regularly speaks on varied subjects of Jewish interest. The Rabbi has appeared on many TV programs, including as a guest on the internationally syndicated Oprah Winfrey Show. Rabbi Lefkowitz authors a Torah column in the Chicago Jewish News (available on this website).

Rabbi Lefkowitz is the recipient of the City of Chicago’s 1993 Human Relations Award, presented to him by Mayor Daley for his work in enhancing understanding and respect between African-American and Orthodox Jewish teens in Chicago.

The Rabbi is a Board member of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and a member of the Clergy Coordinating Committee of the Coalition to Protect Public Housing.

Serving as a community advisor to the Field Museum, Rabbi Lefkowitz was part of a three year project to reorient the Museum’s exhibits to be in tune with the concept of multi-culturism. He served on the planning panel of the Museum preparing its most successful exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls.