Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/ Igud HaRabbonim
917-446-2126  rablenblank@gmail.com

I continue to receive referrals requesting job positions as chaplains in health care facilities and other institutions. Even though some of those seeking such positions have various types of educational degrees, there is no substitute for Clinical Pastoral Education and if possible, to seek Board Certification from a reputable chaplaincy organization authorized to confer BCC. Many well-known hospitals and other health related facilities request their chaplains to have taken CPE. I have been asked though, is it possible a health care facility would be willing to accept someone without CPE- my response-that is up to the requirements of each individual institution. For additional information about CPE, where CPE is given please contact me at the email or cell number given above. Please note, that CPE is an intensive course and just like any other degree or certificate program, it is not for everybody.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim
917-446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com

The monthly Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim meeting was jam packed with meaningful, informative presentations. You can read all about the main aspects of this meeting by Rabbi Mirocznik in his article. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update

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

In the past number of my articles, I shared how important we are as ambassadors of the Aibershta. It is interesting to note that Rav Yitzchok Eisenman of Ahavas Israel in Passaic, NJ sent a message to those who will be attending the Siyum Hashas should have nice smiles, be pleasant and nice to one and all. We might think that is a given, but we must always encourage our mispallim, relatives, friends and neighbors to set the examples as did Avraham Avinu and Sara Imainu by conveying sincere midos for one and all. I attended the Siyam Hashas Daf Yomi and every Met Stadium staff person, I encountered was truly grateful for the smiling thank you and have a good year expressed by the many participants who were nice to them. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard ( Yehuda ) Blank, MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud Harabbonim
917-446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com

I would be remiss if I did not mention my mother whose yartzeit was yud tes Kislev. She grew up across the street from MTJ Yeshiva. She helped care for her siblings when her parents died and followed in her mother’s foot steps (my grandmother ztl formed a Tomchei Shabbos amongst other gemilus chasadim acts of kindness on the LES). She became the president of the MTJ Yeshiva Sisterhood raising tens of thousand’s of dollars for the yeshiva. The entire yeshiva, talmidim. rabbeim, kollel and Rosh HaYeshiva came out to give her honor by her levaya. She was very close to Rebbitzten Shima Feinstein ztl as well as the Rosh Hayeshiva HaGoan HaRav Moshe Feinstein ztkl and mishpacha. Her father, my grandfather ztkl was a magid shiur at the age of 13 in Minsk Russian, here on the LES and was known for his gaduls in Torah learning, mitzva observance and his kindness for others no matter what their background was. When I refer to my mother, I can only think about the strong kesher the Rebbiztens of our member Rabbonim have , the tremendous encouragement they give, their own leadership roles guiding, caring and sharing their love for the Aibershta and the role they have in their support and care for their husbands, congregants and others in their communities. The roles the wives have are always with tremendous tznius, modesty, humbleness and a guiding light to so many. Many, in addition to being a Rebbitzen also hold meaningful positions, jobs, and have professionals careers . On Chanukah, we know the vital role Yehudis had in helping Klal Yisrael. In fact, from Sara Imainu our first Matriarch, and through the generations we acknowledge the role many of the women had and their impact in Jewish history. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud Harabonim
917-446-2126- rableblank@gmail.com

HaGoan HaRav Michael Barenbaum ztkl Mashgiach Ruchni of Mestivta Tifereth Jerusalem used to say it isn’t enough to be a frum yid, one must be an erlicha yid. HaRav Nisan Alpert ztkl talmid muvak of HaGoan HaRav Moshe Feinstein ztkl would share to balai batim how a store keeper must be familiar with choshen mishpat of being honest to customers, being honest with weights and measurements and not just be concerned of the levush one is wearing or making sure foods and beverages have certain hashgachos. My father ztl whose yartzeit was recently, was a kosher butcher who was makped on caring for others- no matter what their background was and to be an honest person. He was concerned in those days that even though there were inspectors who would check the scales their inspection might not be accurate, he would either at no extra charge add extra meat or chicken or charge a lower price. When an elderly woman gave him by accident a $50 dollar bill instead of a $5 bill, he ran out the door to give her back her money. As close as he was to chashuva rabbonim such as HaGoan HaRav Eliyahu Henkin ztkl who smiled when he heard my father’svoice, he was also respected and loved by many of different backgrounds. At his levaya, the chapel was filled with men and women of many ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds because of his sweetness, kindness and respect he had for others. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the Desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud Harabonim
917-446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com

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. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud Harabonim
917-446-2126   rablenblank@gmail.com

I am announcing another fantastic program from TTI a masters degree in ABA. BCBA post graduate certificate. LBA post graduate certificate and CBS to LBA. (Please see the ad below. Special discount for RAA members, their spouse and adult children). Please call 877. RING.TTI to register or additional information. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim
917-446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com

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. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update, Part 1

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud Harabonim
917-446-2126   rablenblank@gmail.com

On Wednesday November 6th, 2019 Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank, Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs for the Rabbinical Alliance of America, joined with Rabbi Simcha Silverman, who is a member of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, Chaplaincy Commission and also the Director of Chaplaincy Services at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC, for the annual Northwell Health System Chaplaincy Services Clergy Summit. It was held at the Northwell Health Corporate Headquarters in New Hyde Park. Rabbi Dr. Hillel Fox, Director of Chaplaincy Care for the North Shore University Hospital and Rabbi Silverman, on behalf of Chaplain Melinda Nasti, Program Manager, System Chaplaincy Operations for the Northwell Health Systems, extended the invitation for this summit to the Rabbinical Alliance membership. The theme of this summit was “Our Opioid Crisis: Pathways to Hope.” [...Click headline above for more...]