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

It is with great sadness once again to share the deep feelings of remorse whenever I hear of the tragic death of a police officer. Having been a former NYC Housing Police Department chaplain and presently a chaplain of the Fraternal Order of Police , I share the pain and sadness that befalls all police officers. I am speaking about the tragic death of veteran Detective Joseph Seals in the line of duty in Jersey City, New Jersey. What added to the tragedy was the death of three individuals- one a person from the community Mr. Migual Douglas and two from the Chasidik community, Habachor Moshe Hersh Deutch ztl and Mrs. Leah Mindel Ferentz ztl. Both come from chashuvah mishpachos. The Jersey City Police were joined by other police departments including special units of the NYPD. Our Vice President of the Rabbinical Alliance of America Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik will be sharing his major comments on the events in Jersey City. I join with all of our brethren and members of the RAA in sadness and also to be mispallel for those who were wounded, and for the community. Boruch H the talmidim in the cheder above the store were kept safe and no further tragedy occurred. Much praises to all the police for their professionalism even in harms way.

I am happy to announce our partnership with the Center of Allied Health and Education. Their educational programs as you will read on in their informational letter are very professional and offer opportunities in areas our member family members might be interested to pursue. Are these course for you or your family member ? Like all courses in the partnerships we have are only for those who feel can fulfill all the requirements and if the professional direction is for you. As with any program you might consider, not just being offered by the RAA, but seeking on your own, always avail yourselves to your Rav who helps guide you in your many decision making.

Please note: I hope to announce in the near future other programs to assist our members and their families pursue avenues of parnassa. (PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED AD)

Center for Allied Health Education (CAHE) is offering individuals who are affiliated with the Rabbinical Alliance of America a 10% tuition discount off of any full-time program offered by Center for Allied Health Education, including:

Dental Assistant……….1 year program
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)……….2 year program
Medical Assistant……….1 year program
Paramedic……….1 year program
Radiography (X-Ray)……….2 year program
Radiation Therapy – Associate Degree Required……….2 year program
Surgical Technology……….1 year program

Center for Allied Health Education, as the Leader in Healthcare Education, offers the above programs of study, which allow individuals to sit for a national certification examination upon successful program completion. All programs are fully accredited and require thorough dedication. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. 

In all of the above programs, students are in a classroom environment on some days and in a clinical setting (hospitals, urgent care centers, outpatient facilities and other affiliated clinical sites) on other days. With this formula, students are able to obtain both the didactic and hands-on knowledge that would allow for them to excel in their field.  Both program elements are mixed between males and females.

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older by the start of the program.
  • Must have completed a recognized high school or equivalent (GED/HSED)
  • Must meet the technical standards for the program.

In the most popular Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Radiography Programs, students are able to obtain an associate’s degree through a state university while enrolled in the program.   

Center for Allied Health Education abides by the Jewish holiday calendar, with no classes scheduled on major holidays and the ability for students to leave clinic earlier on Fridays. The Rabbinical Alliance of America is not liable nor does it benefit financially from any Center for Allied Health Education-affiliated occurrence.

And now about TTI. One of the courses being offered registration is taking place now.

TTI’s Masters in Cybersecurity Management & Information Systems degree deadlines are this week. This program is ideal for men looking to break into the technology field, as it provides them with the training, knowledge and expertise they’ll need to lead the field.  (PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED AD)


Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, Executive Vice President, Board and myself are truly grateful for the assistance and ongoing programs for our members and family TTI and CAHE are giving- with a full heart. These are just some of the many benefits we will be offering our members – with more to come.

Please see the mazal tov section of this newsletter about the two bar mitzvahs in the families of Chaplaincy Commission members. We wish them much nachas.