National Council of Young Israel Releases Chanukah Torah JournalNovember 29, 2021
The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) today released its Chanukah Torah Journal, which is the second publication in a series of Torah Journals by the international synagogue organization (a photo of the cover is attached).
The NCYI’s Chanukah Torah Journal is dedicated in memory of Rabbi Yehuda Kelemer, zt”l, the longtime spiritual leader of the Young Israel of West Hempstead (NY) who was niftar last January. The mara d’asra of the Young Israel of West Hempstead from 1983 to 2021, Rabbi Kelemer was a renowned Torah scholar, a beloved community leader and rabbi, and a highly regarded posek.
The Chanukah Torah Journal is a wonderful collection of articles and Divrei Torah pertaining to Chanukah that will be distributed to approximately 135 Young Israel branches in North America and Israel. Edited by Rabbi Chaim Wasserman of the Young Israel Council of Rabbis, NCYI Director of Rabbinic Services Rabbi Binyamin Hammer, and Rabbanit Rookie Billet of the Young Israel of Woodmere (NY), it features thought-provoking pieces written by leading Torah scholars and distinguished community leaders, as well as moving tributes to Rabbi Kelemer, zt”l.
Included in the NCYI’s Chanukah Torah Journal are interesting and insightful Divrei Torah written by Rabbi Neil Winkler, Founding Rabbi, Young Israel of Ft. Lee (NJ), Rabbi Moshe Taub, Young Israel of Holliswood (NY), Rabbi Jonathan Muskat, Young Israel of Oceanside (NY), Rabbanit Rookie Billet, Young Israel of Woodmere (NY), Rabbi Hershel Billet, Young Israel of Woodmere (NY), Rabbi Shubert Spero, Rabbi Emeritus, Young Israel of Cleveland (OH), Rabbi Gavriel Rudin, Young Israel of Ottawa, Rabbi Barry Kornblau and Zachary Beer, Young Israel of Hollis Hills-Windsor Park (NY), Dr. Mira Morgenstern, Professor of Political Science, City College of New York, Rabbi David Derovan, noted author, contributing editor and author Encyclopedia Judaica, Sarah Rudolph, Jewish educator and freelance writer, Dr. Noam Wasserman, Dean of Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University, Rabbi Shimshon HaKohen Nadel, Young Israel of Har Nof, Israel, Yael Unterman, Jerusalem-based international author, lecturer, Bibliodrama facilitator and life coach, and Rabbi Binny Freedman, Rosh Yeshiva, Founder, and Dean of Yeshivat Orayta.
The NCYI’s Chanukah Torah Journal is available online at https://youngisrael.org/ctj.
“We feel incredibly fortunate that we are able to present such a special and meaningful Chanukah gift to thousands of people in Jewish communities across the United States and Israel,” said NCYI President Rabbi David Warshaw. “With stimulating Divrei Torah from an array of diverse contributors, the Young Israel’s Chanukah Torah Journal fittingly represents the broad scope of our organization and will help inspire us throughout the holiday of Chanukah and beyond.”
In a testament to the adoration and respect that Rabbi Kelemer, zt”l, enjoyed from his congregants and the greater Jewish community, the NCYI’s Chanukah Torah Journal features articles about the late Rav by Rabbi Josh Goller, Young Israel of West Hempstead, Arthur Cooperberg, President, Young Israel of West Hempstead, Rabbi Menachem Brick, Young Israel of West Hempstead, Michael S. Levine, Young Israel of West Hempstead, and Reuven Brauner, Young Israel of Brookline, (MA).
“Rabbi Kelemer elevated every situation, and he knew how to give comfort, listen, encourage, inspire and uplift every person with whom he came in contact,” said Rabbi Josh Goller, the mara d’asra of the Young Israel of West Hempstead.
For the past 109 years, the National Council of Young Israel has ably served the broader Jewish community. With more than 25,000 member families and approximately 135 branch synagogues throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel, the National Council of Young Israel is a multi-faceted organization that embraces Jewish communal needs and often takes a leading role in tackling the important issues that face the Jewish community in North America and Israel.