Rabbinical Alliance of America Joins in Mourning the School Shooting Victims in Santa Clarita, California

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — joins the people of Santa Clarita, California in mourning victims of the school shooting leaving three people killed and four others injured which occurred on November 14, 2019.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

Divrei Torah: Vayeira

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...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update, Part 2

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 Tuesday November 12th, 2019 Rabbi Leonard Blank MS. BCC Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs attended a press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams announcing a new initiative with the ADL to help combat violent anti-semitic, violence, harassment and vandalism occurring especially in Brooklyn neighborhoods. Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO shared a new initiative where outreach educational programs and resources in collaboration with the NYC BOE and UFT at public schools especially in those Brooklyn neighborhoods where those acts of violence, harassment and vandalism have occurred. The ADL believes these trends are reversable and the hate-crime are preventable – when public officials, community and faith leaders, educators and others stand united against hate. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez shared how his office especially his Hate Crimes Unit is actively doing whatever can be done to investigate and prosecute hate crimes working with other law enforcement agencies to seek out those who perpetrate such hate crimes. [...Click headline above for more...]