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Nat’l Young Israel Rejects Petition
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It has come down to this in the long-running battle between the leadership of the National Council of Young Israel and a group of dissident members wanting changes to the movement’s constitution: “disembodied signature pages.”

In the latest skirmish between the two, a lawyer for the NCYI rejected a petition the dissident leaders assembled, which they said was from 25 percent of NCYI congregations. It called for the proposed constitutional changes to be considered at the group’s next national meeting, which is to be held here on Dec. 15.

The rejection prompted dissident members to claim the parent group is “changing the rules.”

“You have submitted to the NCYI an unsigned copy of a letter dated Oct. 29, 2010, which encloses both disembodied signature pages and other documents,” the lawyer, Daniel Kurtz, wrote to the dissident members.

“The signature pages make no reference to the content of the Oct. 29 letter … [or for] support [of] a proposed constitutional amendment. The signature pages also appear to have been executed prior to the date of the letter and could not have been signed in support of a document that did not then exist.”

The proposed amendments would permit NCYI branch congregations to resign, repeal the section that authorizes NCYI to seize the assets of a branch and bar NCYI from suing a branch, former branch or its members without the approval of two-thirds of the Delegate Assembly.

The proposal was triggered by an aborted plan in June by NCYI leaders to expel and seize the assets of its Syracuse branch for that synagogue’s failure to pay $20,000 in dues. The synagogue president, however, said she was told the action was because her synagogue had elected a woman president in 2008.

One of the petition organizers, Avi Goldberg of Brookline, Mass., told The Jewish Week that the NCYI was sent an e-mail that included a copy of the three-page petition and explanation, a page acknowledging synagogue approval of the resolution, and a signature page that was signed by each synagogue’s NCYI delegates. He said a total of 87 signatures were sent from 35 congregations.

“We sent them only the signature page from each synagogue instead of” all of the cover pages each synagogue received, he said, alleging that the NCYI was now “changing the rules” to prevent a vote.

Another petition organizer, Evan Anziska of Los Angeles, said: “To imply that a fraud might be taking place because signatures do not appear on the same page as the actual proposed amendments is insulting.”

Goldberg said he is now encouraging synagogues to send delegates to the NCYI meeting Dec. 15 to press their petition at that time.


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11/18/2010 - 10:53
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The power of NCYI to seize the assets of a branch needs to be taken away because it has only been used against struggling branches like Syracuse but it has NOT been used to close down a branch like Las Vegas run by an abusive rabbi who threw a widow out of his shul and took her to court for trespassing. You can read all about it in the Announcements on
These branches are making a fuss over Syracuse being expelled for only $20,000? Were where all them when our Young Israel of 5th Avenue was being chased out of 3 West 16th Street for $6,000,000 by National Council?
You really need to read this to see what National Council has been doing about their Torah standards.
This is nothing compared to the announcement I read on When I sent in a comment asking about it their COO answered me with lies and lashon lara.
This is just another example of National Council's arrogance to the branches. We need to see a full accounting of their books.

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