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In New Focus On Outreach, Young Israel Hires Aish HaTorah Rabbi

06/26/2014
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Researchers report that fully 22 percent of American Jews say they have no religion – a figure that jumps to 32 percent among those born after 1980. The National Council of Young Israel is hoping to do something about that by launching an outreach program, “One Community,” headed by a rabbi who honed his skills working for decades for Aish HaTorah, widely known for its skill at "kiruv."

Young Israels To National Council: Hands Off Our Assets

Constitutional change on contentious issue a top priority for new directors.

02/06/2013
Staff Writer

Delegates representing 140 Young Israel congregations in the United States voted overwhelmingly last week to amend the constitution of their parent body, stripping it of the right to seize the assets of any member congregation that seeks to resign, is expelled or dissolved.

UPDATED-Young Israel No Longer Able To Seize Resigning Members' Assets

Delegates voted overwhelmingly to amend constitution after rebellion in 100-year-old organization.

01/30/2013
Staff Writer

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Delegates representing 140 Young Israel congregations in the United States voted overwhelmingly Tuesday evening to amend the constitution of their parent body, stripping it of the right to seize the assets of any member congregation that seeks to resign, is expelled or dissolved.

A Letter From Young Israel In 1934, When YI Jews Were Young, Beautiful, And Looking For Work

A letter to the editor of The New York Times that was printed on June 6, 1934.

The Times had run a story, "Religion Among Jews Found To Be Waning."

One reader, Sidney J. Simon, wrote to the editor, disagreeing with the article's conclusion as summed up in that headline.

Young Israel Prez: Proposed Changes Would Hurt Unity

In first interview since members-headquarters rift, Shlomo Mostofsky says group must maintain ‘ability to maintain its standards.’

09/07/2010
Staff Writer

In his first interview since a rift developed last month among member synagogues of the National Council of Young Israel, the group’s president said proposed constitutional changes would “hurt the unity of the organization.”

“I believe the National Council of Young Israel has to maintain a unified format,” explained Shlomo Mostofsky. “It has to maintain its current organizational structure and its ability to maintain its standards.”

An aborted attempt by National Council of Young Israel to expel and seize the assets of Shaarei Torah Orthodox Cong. of Syracuse

The Giving of the Torah

Local synagogues’ scroll donations enhance worship for Ethiopian Israelis and IDF members.

07/23/2008
Editorial Intern

Torah scrolls from the New York area are writing new chapters in the lives of Israeli soldiers and of a struggling Ethiopian congregation in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh.
From the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI), which has donated dozens of Torah scrolls over the years, to the East Midwood Jewish Center, which made its maiden Torah run two weeks ago, this is the summer of the celebratory dance with Torah held high, a trans-Atlantic act of kindness, many times over.

Members of the East Midwood Jewish Center with members of Congregation Be’er Avraham, an Ethiopian synagogue in Beit Shemesh.
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