Obtaining a Marriage License During Covid-19, A Dialogue with Hon. Michael McSweeney, NYC Clerk & Clerk of The Council

How do couples obtain a marriage license in this difficult time of Covid-19? On Monday, July 27, 2020, the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim (RAA/Igud) convened an important roundtable dialogue with the Hon. Michael McSweeney, who serves as the New York City Clerk and Clerk of the Council. This special outdoor meeting of the RAA/Igud was hosted by Rabbi Dr. Joseph Frager, chairman of the Israel Advocacy Committee of the RAA/Igud and organized by Rabbi Dovid Katz, Menahel of the RAA/Igud. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America and the National Council of Young Israel Join New York City’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings for Its First Fairness in Trials and Hearings Webinar

New Yorkers who receive a summons should not feel overwhelmed by the administrative process. There is an address for help, a way to obtain assistance in navigating the seeming maze of the New York City court system. On July 22, 2020, the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim (RAA) and the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) joined NYC’s OATH (Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings) for its first Fairness in Trials and Hearings (F.A.I.T.H) webinar to learn how to access justice with minimal pain. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rosh Chodesh Iyar 5780 Conference

RAA/Igud helds its Rosh Chodesh Iyar 5780 conference on April 24, 2020. Due to the global health situation, the conference was held entirely remotely.

Rav Eytan Feiner, Rav of Congregation Kneseth Israel (“The White Shul”) in Far Rockaway, NY, spoke about the unparalleled opportunity to religiously transform your home.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rosh Chodesh Nisan 5780 Conference

RAA/Igud helds its Rosh Chodesh Nisan 5780 conference on March 26, 2020. Due to the global health situation, the conference was held entirely remotely. Speakers include Rav Ya’akov Klass, Rav Moshe Weiner and Rav Yosef Serebryanski. MC’ed by Rav Moshe Schmerler. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum, ZT’L, Director of Rabbinical Alliance of America, Remembered at his fourth Yahrzeit observance held at Maimonides Medical Center

On February 25, 2020, Rosh Chodesh Adar, the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim convened its monthly seudah and conference in observance of Rosh Chodesh Adar and the fourth Yahrzeit observance of Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum, ZT’l, who faithfully served the RAA/IGUD as its longstanding Menahel/Director. [...Click headline above for more...] 

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...]