Check out YI PPJC in the spring edition of Viewpoint Magazine. Viewpoint is the official Magazine of the national Council of Young Israel.
In case you are unable to read the image, here is the text – written by YIJCPP’s own Rabbi Shmurl Zuckerman with Daniel Horowitz:
Many people in Pelham Parkway weren’t able to recall the last time there was a Hachnosas Sefer Torah in the neighborhood. But on the last day of Chanukah, for the first time in at least 20 years, the Young Israel of Pelham Parkway Jewish Center received a brand new Torah. Mr. Daniel Horowitz, a longtime member, donated the Torah in memory of his wife, Esther Horowitz a”h. The completion of the new Torah was celebrated with a procession beginning at one of the other neighborhood shuls and continuing up Muliner Avenue to the Young Israel. A live band accompanied the procession and dozens of members and local residents danced in the street with the Torah.
More than 300 people gathered for this event; during the speeches there was standing room only. Rabbi Shmuel Zuckerman, the Mara D’Asra, spoke and introduced the keynote speaker HaRav Peretz Steinberg, (Yoshev Rosh of the National Council’s committee on Jewish Law). Among the other distinguished rabonim were HaRavGrunblatt, (Rosh Yeshiva – Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim), Rabbi Yankelowitz (RoshYeshiva - Yeshiva University), and RavAvrohom Turin, (Mashgiach Ruchani- Scranton, PAl. The crowd and the rabbonim were a tremendous display of Kavod HaTorah.
The new Sefer Torah in Pelham Parkway isa piece of a bigger picture of growth in then eighborhood. For more than a year now, the shul has engaged in a strong community development initiative. Under the leadership of the board of directors and their new rav,
the shul has become a center for Torah Judaism in the Bronx. The shut’s youth department is active again, including Shabbos groups every week. And, to date, several new families have moved into the neighborhood. Membership and attendance are rising, and the future of the shul and neighborhood is bright
The donation of a new Torah to the shul is a very generous and timely gift. More than just the actual gift of the Torah, the donation is very symbolic to the members. The large gift of a brand new Torah communicates the sense of confidence that members once again
feel. One of the oldest Young Israel shuls is young once again.