RAA Mourns the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

The Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim joins the American people in mourning the passing of President George H.W. Bush and celebrating his service to the people of the United States, his leadership in promoting the cause of freedom around the world and his inspired embodiment of American patriotic duty. [...Click headline above for more...] 

75 Organizations Call for Statement Condemning Faculty Vote to Suspend Israel Abroad Program

Dear President Oliver,   We are 75 civil rights, education, religious and student organizations appalled by the recent Pitzer Faculty vote to suspend the college’s study abroad program with the University of Haifa.    The Pitzer Faculty’s attempt to implement an academic boycott of Israel that subverts the educational opportunities and academic freedom of their own students and colleagues, is reprehensible. Pitzer faculty members have abrogated their most basic professional responsibility – to promote the academic welfare of their students.     It is important to understand that calling to shut down a study abroad program is expressly part of an the implementation of an academic boycott, and in full compliance with the 2014 guidelines of the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). While portrayed as an effort aimed at Israeli universities and scholars, in reality the implementation of an academic boycott will violate the rights of, and directly harm, students and faculty on U.S. campuses.  For example, PACBI clearly and explicitly calls on U.S. faculty to:  
  • Work to close their own university’s study abroad programs in Israel; 
  • Impede a fellow faculty member’s collaborative research or teaching projects with Israeli universities and scholars;
  • Interfere with the equal non-discriminatory treatment of all applicants for admissions to graduate programs;
  • Try to cancel, disrupt and shut down events featuring Israeli leaders or scholars organized by their colleagues or students; and
  • Refuse to write letters of recommendation for their own U.S. students who want to pursue studies in Israel.
  We understand the issue is currently going through an official university governance process. However, we call on you to act now by issuing a statement that condemns this Pitzer Faculty action and commits to ensuring that no Pitzer student will be impeded from studying about or in Israel.   Thank you in advance for your leadership and commitment to protecting the academic rights and opportunities of all students and faculty at your school, =&1=&

Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls for More Freedom in Response to Airbnb’s Boycott of Jews in Parts of Israel

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing nearly one thousand rabbis and spiritual leaders serving throughout the United States of America — are deeply pained and saddened by the anti-Semitic Boycott Divestment and Sanction Movement that has co-opted the Airbnb Company to join with them in boycotting Jews living in the areas of Yehuda and Shomron, known as Judea and Samaria, that is situated on the West Bank of the Jordan River in Israel.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rabbinical Alliance of America thanks President Donald Trump for Standing with the Jewish Community as we mourn the Victims of the Pittsburgh Massacre

Brooklyn, NY: On Wednesday, November 8, 2018, at the monthly Rosh Chodesh (Kislev) conference of the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim (RAA/IGUD), Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, presidium chairman of the RAA/IGUD, memorialized the 11 martyrs of the Pittsburgh Massacre of Shabbat, October 27, 2018. Rabbi Hecht acknowledged with deep appreciation the heartfelt efforts of President Donald Trump in demonstrating his support of the Jewish community during these trying and difficult times. [...Click headline above for more...] 

In Support of President Donald J. Trump

The Rabbinical Alliance of America – Igud HaRabbonim, representing nearly one thousand rabbis and spiritual leaders serving throughout these blessed United States of America – hereby expresses thanks and appreciation to President Donald J. Trump and to his administration for the swift and immediate condemnation of the evil and tragic massacre of our fellow Jews at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance Of America Mourns The Tragic Synagogue Shooting On Shabbat Morning Parshat Vayerah

With profound sorrow and grief, we extend our boundless expressions of support and solidarity to the victims, their families, and the survivors of the brutal, horrendous attack that took place this Sabbath morning at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. We commend the brave members of the Pittsburgh Police Department and first–responders who rushed to aid the injured and to courageously contain the appalling and evil carnage perpetrated by a malevolent and hateful individual seeking to murder innocent people gathered in celebration of faith, life and community. [...Click headline above for more...] 

RAA/IGUD Letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu In Support of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu:

We are alarmed to learn of the pressure being exerted by some Members of Knesset and by an organization called ITIM among others — who are actively joining with the American Reform and Conservative movements and the secular Federation — in expressing their hostility to the Chief Rabbinate and aggressively calling for the State of Israel to remove the Chief Rabbinate from all matters pertaining to marriage, divorce and faith identity. [...Click headline above for more...]