A Call for a Moment of Silence at all NYC Educational Institutions

By Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, Member Presidium Rabbinical Alliance of America

The Rabbinical Alliance of America a National Rabbinic association with more than 950 members serving congregations and communities throughout the USA urges the City of New York in particular, to enact a daily Moment of Silence in all its Public Schools – from pre-K through High School –so as to assure that all students have an awareness of a Creator – an eye that sees and an ear that hears – reminding all to live by a code of moral and civil conduct. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls for Legislative Review of New York Bail Reform Law in Light of the Release of Suspected Synagogue Vandal

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — calls on the New York State Legislature to immediately review and accordingly revise New York State’s Bail Reform Law in light of the release of Jordan Burnette, the 29 year old suspect who was hit with 42 charges, including a number of hate crime-related offenses for allegedly smashing windows at various synagogues and swiping prayer books during an 11-day crime spree in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. These actions struck fear in the hearts of peace-loving New Yorkers.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Applauds the NYPD in Apprehending the Suspected Perpetrator of Hate Crimes at Bronx Synagogues

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — commends the great police work of the NYPD which resulted in the arrest of a 29-year-old Bronx man on hate crime charges in connection to a wave of vandalism and damage caused to synagogues in the Bronx.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force announced the arrest of Jordan Burnette, accused of breaking windows and causing other damage from throwing rocks at a number of synagogues in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Deputy Inspector Jessica Corey, commanding officer of the task force, described how uniformed officers used their knowhow and policing acumen to find and arrest the perpetrator. Burnette faces burglary as a hate crime and “numerous charges related to the many acts of vandalism as hate crimes that have taken place in this community,” Corey said. At least four synagogues in the neighborhood were the target of anti-Semitic violence last weekend. The attacks were quickly condemned by city and state leaders, who directed immediate investigations by task forces pursuing hate crimes.
This quick police work is important considering the urgency of the problem. Anti-Semitic incidents in 2020 occurred at a troublingly high level last year in the United States. Anti-Semitic incidents in 2020 decreased only 4% from an all-time high recorded in 2019 despite the Coronavirus pandemic that lessened in-person interactions, the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents found. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Joins Klal Yisrael in Mourning the Loss of 40 People and In Praying for the 100 People Injured During the Lag Ba’omer Accident on Mount Meron

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — joins Klal Yisrael in Mourning the loss of 40 people and in praying for the 100 injured at the Lag Ba’omer accident on Mount Meron. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls for Calm, Respect and Civility

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — calls for calm, respect, civility and peace as our nation grapples with shooting incidents that raise important questions about race. As people voice their protests to demand justice, they must do so in ways that reflect the responsibility of good citizenship. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls Upon Airlines to Exercise Sensitivity in Enforcing Its Mask Policies

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — calls upon airlines to exercise sensitivity in enforcing its mask policies. On multiple occasions in recent months, Orthodox Jewish families were publicly embarrassed and removed from their flights due to young children who are unable to wear masks. Airlines have broad leeway to make exceptions from their mask policies. The failure of some airlines to make exceptions for young children who are unable to wear masks represents unacceptable cruelty to children and large families. The fact that flight attendants have repeatedly enforced this rule specifically on Orthodox Jewish families, who constitute a small part of the population, raises additional questions of bias that demand attention. This is especially true in light of the broad support these families receive from other passengers while the flight attendants enforce this cruel rule. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Mourns the Loss of Innocent Life in the Mass Shooting in Boulder, Colorado, and Prays for a Return to Peace and Tranquility

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — mourns the loss of innocent life and condemns the recent surge in violence plaguing our great nation, and prays for a return to peace, tranquility. The March 22, 2021, mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, comes less than a week after eight people were killed in a series of attacks on spas in Atlanta. They are also among at least seven mass shootings in the past week across the US — including three incidents on Saturday alone. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Stands with Asian Americans and Condemns the Alarming Rise in Anti-Asian Attacks and Hate Crimes

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — stands in support and solidarity with Asian Americans and calls on all Americans to likewise stand up and condemn the recent violence perpetrated against Asian Americans. The tragic, cold-blooded Atlanta shooting by an evil, hateful individual claimed the lives of eight innocent people due to racism. Tragically, less than an hour later, four Asian Americans were murdered in a separate violent shooting.   [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Decries the Recent Decision by Israel’s Supreme Court Accepting Reform and Conservative Conversions Performed in Israel

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — decries the recent decision by Israel’s Supreme Court accepting Reform and Conservative conversions performed in Israel as a polarizing decision that serves to further divide the Jewish people. Israel’s Supreme Court has no religious standing and therefore no right to make a religious decision. When Israel’s court system makes Jewish status decisions that will be recognized by only a portion of the Jewish people, it contradicts sacred tradition and divides the Jewish people. This is bad for Israel, bad for the Jewish people, and bad for the would-be-converts confused about their religious status. [...Click headline above for more...]