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...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls for Civility and Respect Toward Law Enforcement

On July 24, 2019, Rabbi Gershon Schlesinger, chairman of the Executive Board of UJCare (United Jewish Community Advocacy Relations and Enrichment), and president and CEO of ParCare Community Health Network, hosted an emergency Executive Committee meeting of the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim. Rabbi Schlesinger, a highly respected member of the Igud HaRabbonim’s Executive Committee, convened this special meeting at the state of the art ParCare medical facility to address the lack of respect and civility towards law enforcement in general and the NYPD in particular. Rabbi Schlesinger stated, “As rabbis, we have an obligation to speak up and protest when members of law enforcement are disrespected as they carry out their duty in protecting the residents of New York City. I therefore felt compelled to convene a special session of the RAA’s Executive Committee to address this problem and to reaffirm the broad base support of the Jewish community for law enforcement.”  [...Click headline above for more...] 

FULL VIDEO: Rabbis Learn About Self-Care

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, Lenox Hill Hospital, a world premier medical institution opened its doors to a joint program of the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim (RAA/IGUD), an Orthodox rabbinical association with a membership near 1,000 Orthodox rabbis serving throughout the United States, and the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI), an Orthodox synagogue association with over 130 congregations across America. The symposium, entitled “Mchayil Lchayil, Taking YOUR SELF seriously, THE RABBI and HIS SELF care!”, was geared toward congregational rabbis and institutional chaplains. The symposium reflects the desire of both the RAA/IGUD and the NCYI to collaborate long-term on professional development and training that will enhance the Orthodox rabbi and chaplain. This training focuses on the rabbi’s and chaplain’s need to avoid burnout and to make certain that they are physically and spiritually healthy. A burnt-out rabbi or chaplain is unable to properly tend to the religious and spiritual needs of his congregation and patient. Therefore, the first of this series of professional development focused on staying healthy in order to best answer their calling to serve the community. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rabbinical Alliance of America Observes the 15th Yahrtzeit of Outreach Pioneer

On July 2, 2019, the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim (RAA/Igud) assembled for its monthly Rosh Chodesh (Tammuz) Seudah and Conference. This conference was sponsored by the Josephy family in commemoration of the 15th Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Nachum Zvi Josephy, ZT’L, the longstanding Executive Director of the RAA/Igud. Rabbi Zvi Warnick, speaking on behalf of the Josephy family, described how Rabbi Josephy is remembered not only for his tireless work on behalf of Igud HaRabbonim, and as the Rav of the Bais Medrash HaGadol of Borough Park, but as someone who cared about each individual.  [...Click headline above for more...]