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

A special Mazel Tov to Ira (Yitzy) Jablon on his promotion at a recent NYPD Headquarters
ceremony, where he became the Special Assignment Lieutenant. Mazel Tov to his wife and entire family.
Lieutenant Jablon father is the well known Executive Vice President, Patient Relations; Special Assistant
to the President at Maimonides Hospital. Lieutenant Jablon receives many accolades from all ranks of the NYPD and the community he serves to care about for his professionalism and sincerity. He truly brings much pride to the badge, uniform and yarlmuka he wears.

I recently attended a number of functions and events where discussions of anti -Semitism and hatred
were the main issues and focus. It is sad how we continue to hear and read about anti Jewish comments made throughout the globe. For whatever the reasons are, we must continue to be mispallel to the Aibershta for the right directions to take. We must always remember we are the ambassadors making a Kiddush H to the best of our abilities. Most of all we must have achdus – togetherness. The RAA mission is to offer opportunities of goodness and kindness so that we can help each other and others as well. At one of those functions was a special meeting called upon by Mrs. Devorah Halberstam at the Jewish Museum in Crown Heights attended by Jewish communal leaders from throughout New York City including Rabbi Mirocznik and myself. It was an opportunity to be introduced to the incoming Police Commissioner the Honorable Dermot Shea. Mrs. Halberstam spoke passionately about her son ah who was killed by terrorists on the Brooklyn Bridge years ago and the need for the Jewish community to rally together for the sake of peace and tranquility with the tremendous support of the New York City Police Department. The new Commissioner shared his vision for the coming months and years of how the police department of all ranks and departments will continue to strive not only to reduce crime including acts of bias and hatred, but also to have continued good and positive relations with New Yorkers in all of our communities.

Once again, I am proud to announce another fantastic program being offered by TTI. ( See the attached ad). TTI has partnered with Genesis University to offer a Bachelors of Education and Religion and with yeshiva credits the cost of the tuition will come down in price. In addition it can be completed in as little as 3-6 months according to TTI. This degree can be used towards TTI Master in Education, Social Work or
ABA. TTI is only recommending it of students looking to go into Education in NY, or Social Work and ABA anywhere else across the country. Special discounts for RAA members. Please call 877RINGTTI for additional information. Remember, this is available for our members and adult children. For information about MS degree programs by YIEP, please contact Rabbi Duvid Katz Menahel of the RAA. I hope to be announcing other programs and events in the near future.