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...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls On the Trump Administration to Have the Jordanian Government Extradite Terrorist Ahlam Tamimi

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — calls upon the Trump Administration to compel the Jordanian government to extradite Ahlam Tamimi, the brutal mastermind of the August 9, 2001, Jerusalem – Sbarro terror attack that took the life of 15 year-old American, Malkie Roth, together with 14 other innocent people that included 7 children and another 122 people injured.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rosh Chodesh Av Seudah

Dear Rabbis:

Please mark your calendars for the Igud Harabonim/Rabbinical Alliance of America’s Rosh Chodesh Av Conference which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, Tammuz 28, 5779 6:30 PM at Ahi Ezer Yeshiva Congregation, located at 2433 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11235 where our Presidium Member, Rabbi Hanania Elbaz is the Rabbi.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Corrects Representative Rashida Tlaib’s Inaccurate Comparison of Israel to United States Segregation

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — publicly corrects United States House of Representative Rashida Tlaib’s inaccurate comparison of Israel to United States Segregation. Representative Tlaib stated that, “there is continued dehumanization and racist policies by the State of Israel that violate international human rights, but also violate my core values of who I am as an American.” Tlaib’s comments were published in an interview this past Saturday by Jacobin, a Democratic Socialist magazine based in New York that offers leftist perspectives on American politics.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

How To Become Certified As A Chaplain

From Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim
Many people have asked me and other members of the Chaplaincy Commission and RAA presidium how to become a chaplain, where to find chaplaincy positions and so on. Often, I have heard from other rabbis that there are programs that train someone in a matter of days to become chaplains. But Chaplains are Spiritual Care Specialists and the training is much more rigorous: 1600 hours of clinical and classroom training to qualify to get a job to work and an additional 2000 hours to be eligible for certification as a chaplain. Many positions require a chaplain to complete Clinical Pastoral Education -CPE training. Although there can be settings with different requirements, I’m sharing a broad overview.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

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