Young Israel of Skokie(YIoS) opened its doors
parshas Breishis 1994. It was started by a small group of families who
were looking to attend a synagogue that would be built on the principles of Torah,
avodah and gemilus chassadim. Additionally, these families
were interested in establishing and maintaining a strong emphasis on the
younger members of the congregation, the children. With these principles in
mind they chose to identify with the national Young Israel movement. YIoS
began as a Shabbos minyan renting space from a local school.
As the membership grew the school no longer could serve their needs and a
storefront was chosen to house the shul. One storefront became two and two
storefronts became three and finally in 1998 they moved to their current home
at 3740 W. Dempster St. in Skokie Il.
As the membership of YIoS grew so did its programs. A Sunday minyan
was started which led to a weekday morning minyan and eventually Mincha/Maariv
in the summer and a Maariv minyan in the winter. With the addition of
Rabbi Gershon Eliezer Schaffel as Rabbi in 1996, numerous classes were added to
the weekly schedule. The chessed committee arranges meals for those in
need as well as other chessed projects for the members of the shul.
And throughout the synagogues growth they have never lost sight of their most
precious possession, their children. The children’s programs on Shabbos morning
are divided by age group to provide each child with the most appropriate
atmosphere for them to learn about davening and the weekly parsha.
At YIoS we like to believe that we provide a warm environment
for all people to come and become part of our family. The Davening and
Torah reading are treated with great respect and we make a concerted
effort to minimize conversation. We take great pride in hearing compliments
from visitors who take note of the serious attitude the members take towards
their davening. Baruch Hashem we have had tremendous success in
achieving the original goals of the Shul and we pray that we should continue to
grow and provide our membership and the rest of the community meaningful
opportunities for Torah, avodah and gemilus chassadim.