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."
Constitutional change on contentious issue a top priority for new directors.
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.
Delegates voted overwhelmingly to amend constitution after rebellion in 100-year-old organization.
(Adds comments from Young Israel officers and leaders of member synagogues, details about amendment process.)
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.
In first interview since members-headquarters rift, Shlomo Mostofsky says group must maintain ‘ability to maintain its standards.’
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.”
Local synagogues’ scroll donations enhance worship for Ethiopian Israelis and IDF members.
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.