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Founded in loving memory of Isaac Albala, a"h - Darchei Yitzchak offers classes to H.S. and Post-H.S. students in topics that, all too often, are ignored such as Belief in G-d and the Foundations Behind the Laws of Judaism... More ...
Isaac Albala, a”h, was born in 1938 and raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. A descendant of Romaniote Jews who had emigrated from Greece, Isaac grew up in a traditional tenement apartment – attending the historical Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue on Shabbat with his uncle while his father went to work. Despite his underprivileged beginnings, Isaac worked hard both physically and academically. After graduating Stuyvesant High School, he worked the deli-counter at a local grocery store to put himself through college at NYU and later obtained his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University.

After establishing himself professionally, Isaac went on to start a family. He married and had three children. Initially, the children were also raised in the similarly traditional home in which Isaac grew up. However, things changed. Isaac and his wife, Rosalie, opted to abandon their traditional ways and to lead an orthodox lifestyle, instead. Upon graduating from High School, each of Isaac’s children spent a period of time learning in Eretz Yisrael. They, too, then went on to start their own families.

In February of 2012, Isaac Albala lost a short but hard fought battle with cancer. He was revered by his peers as an individual who “told it like it was”, sparing no sacrifice for his family and those around him. As a retired Senior Center Director, Isaac’s life was spent caring and doing for others.

Founded in loving memory of Isaac, a"h - Darchei Yitzchak is an evening program that offers classes in Jewish Text and Jewish Philosophy to High School and Post-High School students. By addressing topics that, all too often, are ignored such as Belief in G-d and the Foundations Behind the Laws of Judaism - Darchei Yitzchak sets itself apart from the organizations and Yeshivot that came before it.

Furthermore, by striving to give each student the tools to make their own decision and see the beauty of Judaism, Darchei Yitzchak truly does fulfill it's name (The Path of Isaac) as it was those very steps and, ultimately, that very decision that Isaac, a"h - made!
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