Rabbi Zuckerman studied at the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yisroel Meir Hakohen, where he was ordained (יורה יורה, ידין ידין) in 2010. Rabbi Zuckerman focused the past several years of study on practical Jewish Law, including training in family purity from Rabbi E. Bluth. Additionally, in 2005, he earned his Masters in Education, from Loyola University Chicago.Rabbi Zuckerman joined the Young Israel of Pelham Parkway, as the Rav, in 2011. He believes in the dignity of each individual, and is passionate about genuine growth from everyday life, he and his family relocated to Pelham Parkway in the same year. They are excited to be part of such a warm community.
Yitz has been apart of the YIPP family since he was a youngster in Junior Cong, and was a star of the basketball team, the YIPP Pebbles. After his year of study in Israel at Keren B'Yavneh, Yitz came back to us after almost single handily running our Shul during his senior year of High School. Yits is a recent graduate of Landers College for Men at Touro University, where he is now in the semicha program. He is always lending a hand to help and making tireless efforts in the community.
Benjamin Houben, has been active with our congregation, and our local community, in many different capacities since his arrival in 2008. As a scion of Yeshiva University, he attended Yeshiva College and then the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, commuting to be present with us, while still living part - time in Manhattan. After his marriage in the summer of 2012, he has finally moved in to his own residence in the Parkway. We have called Benjamin by many titles, everything from Cantor to Comedian, and now we are proud to call him and his wife Meira our neighbors as well. It was in Boston where Benjamin and his wife grew up together, and spent thirteen years in the Maimonides School, founded by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Ben loves working with young and old alike, and he works hard to ensure that our shul is a place where everybody can feel like part of the family.
Yair has been with us since 2010 and has lead a dynamic partnership with Co-Cantor Ben Houben during the High Holidays. Yair has also devoted extensive study to Tanakh, Talmud, and numerous other works in the corpus of Judaic literature. At the age of 22, he was appointed a full-time Instructor of Hebrew at Yeshiva University, one of the youngest full-time faculty members in the history of the institution. After his first year of teaching he was nominated by the student body for the Lillian F. and William L. Silber Professor of the Year Award. Also a cantor, composer and classically trained violinist, Yair is conversationally fluent in a large number of Semitic and Indo-European languages, both ancient and modern. His poetry has been published in Hador: The Hebrew Annual of America and his first book on Hebrew grammar is slated to be published in early 2013. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Bible, Music, and Hebrew Language & Literature, as well as an M.A. in Biblical and Semitic Studies, both from Yeshiva University.