May 29, 2014

Look Who’s Talking About NCSY…

Leaders from across the nation wish NCSY a very happy 60th anniversary!

1) Rabbi Aaron Kotler
Beth Medrash Govoha

Resized quotes-05“NCSY’s mission is an essential one; connecting our youth, at their most impressionable time, to our heritage and Torah values. With society around us changing so rapidly, the work of the dedicated NCSY staff and volunteers is more vital than ever. On a personal note, I have met a number of outstanding Jewish communal leaders who shared with me how instrumental NCSY was in forming their commitment and passion for Klal Yisroel. As NCSY celebrates its 60th anniversary, all of Klal Yisroel celebrates with it. I express my own heartfelt brocha to my chaveirim and the entire wonderful team at NCSY, and to the Orthodox Union for continued hatzlocha and siyata d’shmaya in all that they do for our people.”


2 Jerry Silverman
President & CEO, JFNA

Resized quotes-02“NCSY truly delivers upon its mission of engaging and inspiring our teens through values and Torah.  It was a seminal experience in our daughters’ journey which enhanced their love of Israel, Torah and Mitzvot.”





3) Rabbi Dovid Cohen
Founder, Congregation Gvul Yavetz
Resized quotes-07“When we will look back on history and record those movements that had a great effect in stemming the tides of assimilation, NCSY shall be rewarded with accolades for its yeoman efforts and accomplishments at the forefront of the kiruv movement. It awakened the Orthodox community to think about klal yisroel, which ignited the spark that led to the explosion now referred to as the baalei tshuva revolution.”



4) Rabbi Simcha Scholar
Executive Vice President, Chai Lifeline

Resized quotes-08“NCSY has changed the landscape of American Jewry. It has given tens of thousands the spark of Torah that has ignited many to return to a Torah lifestyle. I am proud to have been a part of their incredible achievements.”





5) Howard Friedman
Chairman of the Board, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore
Former Chairman, OU Youth Commission

Resized quotes-04“For generations NCSY has rekindled the spark of Judaism in tens of thousands of our youth. NCSY has changed the face of Jewish America.”






6) Marian Stoltz-Loike, Ph.D.
Vice President, Online Education; Touro College Dean,
Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School

Resized quotes-09“Year after year, it is hardly a surprise that a large portion of our student leadership comes from the ranks of NCSY. This well reflects the unmatched emphasis that NCSY places on empowering and inspiring the next generation of Jewish communal leadership.”




7) Richard Joel
President, Yeshiva University

Resized quotes-10The lesson to be learned from a recent Pew study detailing the decline of Jewish identity in large segments of Jewish-American society, to me, seems clear: the beauty and fulfillment of Jewish life has never been more relevant, and the need for young people to take leadership roles in the Jewish community has never been more compelling. It is in that light that it is so wonderful to celebrate the existence of NCSY, which has always pushed itself to the front lines in demonstrating for young people the value of their own Jewishness and the responsibility to engage with others who seek that value as well.


8) Chaim Dovid Zweibel
Executive Vice President, Agudath Israel of America

Resized quotes-03“As a pioneer in the field of kiruv in the US, NCSY has not only helped inspire thousands of young Jews across the American landscape to lead Torah loyal lives, but it has also created a broad communal awareness of our responsibility to share the beauty of Torah with our not-yet-observant brethren. So much of the wonderful kiruv work being done across the spectrum of the Orthodox Jewish world today rests on the foundation of NCSY’s extraordinary efforts.

Mazal tov NCSY on your 60th anniversary! May you continue to ‎carry out your holy mission of outreach to our precious Jewish youth, and serve as an inspiration for the rest of the Torah community for many productive years to come!”


9) Rabbi Moshe Efros
Ner Le’Elef Institute

Resized quotes-11“I have had the great pleasure of working with the remarkable NCSY/JSU staff in most of the NCSY regions in North America, and I’m continually impressed with the high level of energy, dedication, creativity and intelligence they bring to their work with teens.  There is no question in my mind that NCSY/JSU is truly the elite organization in both reaching out to teens to strengthen Jewish life and learning in those who have grown up in Orthodox homes, and to teens who have grown up with a lack of Jewish literacy and Jewish life. . May HaKadosh Baruch Hu bless them and those who support them in their critical work, and may they go may’chayil l’chayil.”

“The future of any community is in its youth, and the NCSY professionals are able to reach and ‘light up’ the neshamas of so many teenagers through their patience, sensitivity, warmth and knowledge, all conveyed in ways that lead their students to recognize the beauty, depth and meaning in their Jewish Heritage and the Torah way of life.  And at the very least, these professionals engender healthy Jewish pride in their students.  May HaKadosh Baruch Hu bless them and those who support them in their critical work, and may they go may’chayil l’chayil.”


10) Lori Palatnik
Resized quotes-01Author, International Speaker and Media Personality
Founding Director of The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project

“I receive countless queries regarding how can one connect their teenagers to Judaism. My answer is clear, short and consistent: ‘NCSY is by far the greatest organization to turn your kids on to a vibrant, relevant and meaningful Jewish life.’”



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