Superbowl Halftime Torah

This Sunday is the Superbowl, the most widely watched football game of the year with a halftime show that is inappropriate for many reasons. Please encourage your congregants, students and friends who may be considering watching this sporting event to instead learn Torah and do mitzvos during that time. If they still decide to watch the game, encourage them to spend the halftime learning Torah on the RAA/Igud website together with Chazaq and many other organizations. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Youth at Risk — The Off the Derech Phenomenon Takes Center Stage at Rabbinical Alliance of America Shevat Conference

On January 26, 2020, the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim convened its monthly (Rosh Chodesh Shevat) conference at the Kamenitz Bais Medrash located in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn. Rabbi Aron Glick, Rav of the Kamenitz Bais Medrash and Director of Sharey Ezer, an organization dedicated to assisting youth at risk and their families, hosted this important rabbinical conference to discuss the communal attrition of Jewish youth. The abandonment of traditional Jewish practice, often called the “Off the Derech” (OTD) phenomenon, sadly occurs too often in the Orthodox Jewish community. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rabbis Talk Hate Crimes, Proper Jewish Burials and Census 2020

Important communal issues, some timely and some timeless, were on the agenda of the latest monthly Rosh Chodesh (Teves) meeting of the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim. On Sunday, January 5, 2020, the organization met at Congregation Kahal Bnei Matisyahu of Flatbush, where Rabbi Yaakov Klass, presidium chairman of the RAA, serves as rabbi. Rabbi Klass sponsored the festive meal and gathering in memory of his mother-in-law Mrs. Chana Spanier, a’h, yahrzeit 9 Teves; and in honor of his father Mr. Anshel Klass whose birthday is also 9 Teves. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan 5780

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, the Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — convened its monthly conference at Congregation Knesseth Meir in Far Rockaway, New York. Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice–president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America thanked Rabbi Betzalel Korn, rabbi of Congregation Knesseth Meir, for hosting the conference and Rabbi Moish Schmerler, director of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, who together with Rabbi Mendy Borenstein and Rabbi Yitzchok Noach Borenstein sponsored the dinner and conference in memory of their respective father-in-law and father Rabbi Shmuel Borenstein, ZT’L, who served for nearly half a century as a teacher (Rosh Mesivta) at YUHSB MTA. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chai Elul Siyum HaShas 5779

“Our Job is Not to be Afraid!” – Teshuva, Hate Crimes, Yeshiva Funding and More on the Front Burner at Igud HaRabbanim’s Siyum HaShas

By: Shimmy Blum

A new year is around the corner. Members of Klal Yisroel are pulling out all the stops to merit a Kesiva V’chasima Tova. Both at the individual and communal levels, there are so many berachos and yeshuos that are so badly needed. As always, Klal Yisroel looks towards its rabbanim for leadership, guidance, advocacy and chizuk.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

Training Rabbis and Community Leaders To Deal With Social Issues

How can rabbis and community leaders help community members struggling with issues related to drugs, at risk youth, domestic violence and abuse? On August 6, 2019, the Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis, the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) — a national orthodox Synagogue Organization representing 130 Synagogues across the United States with a combined membership of approximately 30,000 families, and the Vaad HaRabbonim of Queens (VHQ) representing the Orthodox rabbinate of Queens, New York teamed up with Amudim, the renowned Jewish agency dedicated to crisis intervention, for a presentation at the Young Israel of Queens Valley, Queens, New York. The special workshop and training overview was titled, “The Role of Rabbis and Community Leaders Dealing with Substance Abuse, Addiction, Sexual Abuse and Mental Health.” Rabbi Zvi Gluck, the founder and director of Amudim, lectured to a crowd of 105 rabbis, rebbitzens, educators and Jewish Communal leaders who attended this important workshop. [...Click headline above for more...]