Our Mission

Our Mission

YI– Israel Region continues in the tradition of the 100 year-old North American Young Israel Movement to foster Judaic ethical and spiritual values, Jewish tradition, Zionism and community.

YI focuses on establishing deeper connections to Jewish values and the Land of Israel. This is achieved via enriching programming  to empower  our participants to strengthen their Jewish identity, personal achievement goals, family unit and contribution to Israeli society and the Jewish Nation. Alongside our work with veteran Israelis and new immigrants in Israel, we have concurrent programming with a focus on strengthening the bonds between Jews in the Diaspora and their Israeli brethren.

Our efforts reach populations in Israel across the socio-economic and ethnic spectrum, with a focus on weaker population groups and communities on the social periphery. These efforts are carried out in the spirit of love and respect for one’s fellow Jew; love of one’s Land and country; and respect for Jewish tradition and acknowledgement of Jewish history.

Our Values
Our Reach
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Dear Friends,

It is my pleasure to extend greetings and best wishes for the coming year, 5782, on behalf of National Council of Young Israel.

We are particularly excited about the renewed relationship between the Council and our Israel arm, Yisrael HaTzair. We are looking forward to sharing its programs and activities with our more than 20,000 families here in the States as well as creating joint programming such as missions, educational series, and youth-oriented programs.

As we enter a new year, it is my hope and desire to create a true partnership and total working relationship for the mutual benefit of our American and Israeli constituencies.

I invite questions, suggestions, and ideas about any aspect of our work to be directed to president@youngisrael.org.

My best wishes for a שנה טובה וכתיבה וחתימה טובה לכל ישראל

Rabbi David Warshaw
President of the National Council of Young Israel in North America
212-929-1525 #2
50 Eisenhower Drive Suite 102, Paramus, NJ 07652

Shana Tova.   The last 2 years have been very difficult ones for Am Yisrael and all of mankind.  The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lifestyles and forced many organizations to curtail or stop their activities.  Fortunately, the Young Israel movement in Israel is not among them.  Under the leadership of our new Executive Director Rabbi Nevo Zuckerman, we are very excited that we have not only maintained our programs, but have been able to expand them.   
We are very pleased that the renowned Rabbi David Rue has begun to work with Dr. Rachel Levmore to expand the YI Agunot prevention program.  Tzachi Kind has taken on the leadership role of our Bar Mitzvah program for deaf children.  This year we hope to expand the program and have two Bar Mitzvah ceremonies.  In addition to the Bar Mitzvah program, we have begun providing sign language courses for those in the hearing population.  
Especially exciting has been the initiation of the Young Israel program to expand the knowledge of mental health issues to the Israeli religious public.  

This is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed and we are fortunate to have two excellent experienced leaders of this program, Rabbi Shalom Hammer and Rachel Weinstein.  
Our change in leadership has coincided with the election of a new board of the North American Young Israel movement.   We envision great cooperation between Rabbi David Warshaw’s team in the US and Rabbi Zuckerman’s Israeli team.  The future is very bright and we look forward to your joining us and contributing to the Young Israel’s expanding its role and influence in Israel and the United States.  
Shana tova and Gmar Hatima tova,
Dr. Fred Samuels
YI Executive Board Member
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