From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim

New and exciting cutting edge programs and events are being planned to be announced in the near future.

However, I can share with you a new venture to enhance income opportunities for our RAA/Igud members, their wives, and adult children. The Rabbinical Alliance of America is proud to announce a new partnership with Testing and Training International (TTI), an educational consulting firm that over 17,000 Orthodox Jewish community members have already turned to for a college degree and/or professional training. Having a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree or Professional Certification can lead to additional sources of income. TTI’s flyer in this newsletter displays their variety of degree programs that lead to promising and rewarding careers. Each program has a plan that provides cutting-edge tools needed to be successful in the workplace and adheres to Torah values and standards in curriculum, environment, and service. While earning the degree, TTI’s academic advisors help plan each student’s degree plan with an exclusive array of Judaic and general studies proficiency exams. You can earn many undergraduate credits through Jewish Subject Exams on topics such as Chumash and Rashi, Shemiras Halashon, Moadim, Jewish History, and more. The exam for credit model includes study guides that have been carefully reviewed for our community. As you’ll recognize, TTI understands you and appreciates your background and lifestyle. If you are interested in pursuing a career and need a degree to succeed, the RAA encourages you to reach out to TTI’s admissions team. They will provide you with detailed information about any of TTI’s programs, how yeshiva or seminary credits fit into a degree plan, what financial aid opportunities are available, and most importantly, how to get started today! TTI is the right choice because of their commitment to finding the most time and cost efficient ways for students to earn their degrees and pursue their career goals without compromising halachic standards. TTI partners with many organizations like COPE, for a Junior Accounting and Accounting Degree, and leading colleges like Daemen College, NYIT, Excelsior College, and more. If you already have a degree, there might be a post graduate degree certification for you to consider. Or, if you are the creative type, TTI offers certifications through their career school, which offers graphic design, interior design, photography and video production. We at the RAA are fortunate to have TTI as a resource for guidance and direction for our members and their families. RAA members can rely on TTI for providing the right credentials and appropriate training in the pursuit of additional career opportunities. With TTI, you will receive personalized guidance and dedicated support. You can reach them at 877-RING-TTI or

There is another undergraduate and graduate degree program for the Orthodox Jewish community and that is YEIP under the leadership of it’s director Rabbi Pesach Lerner D.Admin For more information about YEIP’s degree programs please contact Rabbi Duvid Katz at 212-810-6777

On behalf of Rabbi Mirocznick and myself, want to wish congratulations to a good friend of the RAA/Igud, New York City Council member Chaim Deutsch for having received the prestigious Person of the Year award this past Sunday October 27th from the New York City Police Shomrim Society. Though, I was not able to attend the ceremony, I did attend the breakfast and witnessed the honor given to Mr. Deutsch by those who attended. Mr. Deutsch, as strong member of the Jewish Caucus of the NYC Council, brings much pride to the Jewish community and to all New Yorkers representing us all in so many positive ways. We truly wish him continued hatzlacha in all of his endeavors. It was also wonderful to see so many Jewish police officers of different ranks wearing their uniforms and yarlmukas with pride.

Keep reading the RAA weekly newsletters for more updates and information, Please contact Rabbi Blank at 917-446-2126 or if he could be of any assistance or for additional information. Please avail yourself to read previous articles by Rabbi Blank including “My personal recollections of 9/11” or past programs and events in previous RAA weekly newsletters by going to Rabbinical

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