Monday, May 31, 2010

How is National Council using your dues?

--- On Wed, 5/26/10, wrote:

From the Jewish Week, September 10, 2008: (

Now 78, Rabbi Charlop, who hasn’t been paid by the shul in years, opens the morning doors hoping for a minyan, makes sermons on Shabbat for a crowd of 12 and is in his fifth year of negotiating with the insurance company over $575,000 in claimed damages from a frozen pipe that burst on a winter’s dawn in the women’s balcony. The water trickled down the steps of the women’s section, lifting up the carpeting; trickled down the walls to the men’s section, curling up the wallpaper; trickled down the stairs to the ballroom, bubbling up pieces of the wooden floor. Everywhere there are piles and rubble. ... A once terrific shul now resembles nothing so much as the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

Mishpacha Magazine had a similar article in their March 2 issue of this year describing the same damage.
Why can't or won't National Council loan the money to fix this "once terrific shul"?
Aren't they ashamed that a Young Israel is left in such a deplorable state for 7 years?

Has National Council presented a financial statement in recent years to the branches and lay members?

How much and where is the money they have on account?

How much do they take in from dues from your shul? What do you receive in return? Why don't they lend the Young Israel of Mosholu Parkway the money needed to repair the water damage?

Since the Comptroller [of National Council] notarized a forged/altered document can she be considered reliable regarding financial matters?

-----Original Message-----
From: Rabbi of a branch outside NY

National Council of Young Israel never helps their dying branches - they wait for them to die so they can seize the assets - they are basically a mafia

--- On Thu, 5/27/10, wrote:

Since you feel that way you may find this excerpt interesting: (

According to Young Israel's by-laws, if a congregation can no longer support a daily minyan -- something Oxford Circle hasn't been able to do for some time now -- the synagogue property is supposed to revert to the national organization.
"It's unfortunate," said Rabbi Pesach Lerner, executive vice president of the National Council of Young Israel.
Lerner said it's rare that the national council has actually had to take such a step. He added that the fate of the building has not yet been decided, but acknowledged that selling it is indeed a possibility.
"Whatever proceeds there are will go to continue [our] mission," said Lerner.
Not Happy With the Outcome
Grosswald doesn't dispute that control of the building rests with the office in New York; he's just not happy about it.
"I have the terrible task of closing the synagogue and saying 'New York, take it away and make your money,' " he said.

So what is the mission of Young Israel? To have their rabbis broadcast on the radio to knock up women and to call the rabbis of the Gemara "shmucks" ?
In Rabbi Sturm's time NCYI accomplished much that the present administration has thrown away. What has happened to the Young Israel Kosher Dining Clubs on college campuses? There is as much a need (or more) for them today as there was 50 years ago. Hear what Rabbi Sturm had to say about them,

What ever happened to the Young Israel Collegiates and Young Adults or Young Israel Youth (see since Lerner took over? There doesn't seem to an entry for them or much else for youth on NCYI's website.

Why call it Young Israel if the young are not part of it?

-----Original Message-----
From: Rabbi
To: lashontov
Sent: Fri, May 28, 2010 10:47 am
Subject: Re: How is National Council using your dues?

the current bylaws only mention Shabbos and Yom Tov services (doesn't specify minyanim - i.e. could be interpreted as just having the doors open and at least one person present, as I often had as rabbi). But this is one of the big issues here in (you know which city). Many had tried to merge the practically defunct Young Israel with the Yeshivah to keep the money here locally, but the handful of people who wanted to keep the shul open didn't want to do that. However, they always complained about how NCYI was a "mafia" and said how both NCYI and ... were "vultures" waiting for the shul to die so they could seize the assets.

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Parashat Toledot- The Sin of Denial by Rabbi Eli Mansour

[Below is the final paragraph, the whole article is at]

Many centuries later, before the destruction of the First Temple, God warns Bene Yisrael through the prophet Yirmiyahu (2:35), "Behold, I shall bring you to judgment for your having said, 'I did not sin'!" God does not threaten to punish the people for sinning; everybody sins at some point, and the process of Teshuva is designed to help us recover from our mistakes and thereby escape punishment. But the people in Yirmiyahu's time were guilt of not only sin, but also of denying their having sinned. Rather than confess and repent, they added insult to injury by avowing, "I did not sin!" The sin of denial is deemed more grievous than the sin itself. Sins can be forgiven, but provided that a person is willing to lower his head and admit his wrongdoing. Rationalizing and justifying wrongdoing precludes any possibility of Teshuva and self-improvement, and it is therefore considered the most severe sin of all.

Not only does National Council of YI not admit and correct their mistakes, they obstinately cling to them and compound their disgrace by lying and feigning indignation. They claim to have a "mission". They claimed that as well when they drove the Young Israel of 5th Ave out of the organization and extorted the cost of the building from them without a care for the Young Jewish NYU students and others in the area just as don't care about the exploitation of the Young people in Las Vegas who are learning from Young Israel Aish to "knock her up" and Rabbi Tarfon in the Gemara was a "shmuck".

It made me sick to type that last line. Doesn't it bother you these things are said on the radio in the name of Young Israel?

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