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...] 

Rabbinical Alliance of America Gathers With Family and Friends to Observe Fifth Yahrzeit of Legendary Leader Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum ZT”L

On Thursday evening February 11, 2021, 29 Shevat 5781, Rosh Chodesh Adar, the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim gathered with family and friends to observe the fifth yahrzeit of its legendary Menahel, Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum. “It is hard to believe that it is five years since the passing of Rabbi Tannenbaum, ZT’L our longstanding, highly respected Menahel/Director and the rabbi of Congregation B’Nai Israel of Linden Heights, also known as the 9th Avenue Shul. Rabbi Tannenbaum left us with memories of optimism and vibrancy. We daven that he be a Maylitz Yosher for his family and Klal Yisrael. One thing is for certain, we at the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim are committed to continuing his tradition of excellence for the advancement of Rabbonus and Kovod HaRabbonus,” commented Rabbi Yaakov Klass, Presidium Chairman of the Rabbinical Alliance of America.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Applauds the Bipartisan Senate Vote to Keep the American Embassy in Jerusalem

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — applauds the United States Senate on their almost unanimous, bipartisan vote to keep the American embassy in Jerusalem. Senator Jim Inhofe and Senator Bill Hagerty introduced the motion and the Senate vote took place late on February 4, 2021, with 97 Senators voting in favor of retaining the embassy’s location in Jerusalem. Only three Senators — Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Tom Carper — opposed the decision. In support of the motion Senator Inhofe stated, “[i]t’s an important message that we acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” Inhofe further remarked that the passage of the motion, “would make the US Embassy in Jerusalem permanent, effectively preventing it from being downgraded or moved.” The Senate vote comes days after almost 100 members of the United States House of Representatives, led by Republican Congressman Andy Biggs, sent a letter to Secretary of State Blinken applauding the Biden Administration’s recognition of Israel’s claim to the holy city.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Wishes Success to President Joseph Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — wishes success to President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on assuming the mantle of leadership of the United States of America, serving as the world’s leaders of freedom, democracy and justice. Inauguration Day represents hope, opportunity, a new beginning. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Statement on Comparing Covid and Other Issues to the Holocaust

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—observes the increasing behavior of prominent politicians, community leaders and media personalities of using the Holocaust as a reference and comparing to Nazi atrocities a variety of contemporary issues such as lockdown measures, reactions to Covid and the attack on the Capitol. Many times, the people making these comparisons may not be aware of the pain and hurt caused by these comments and comparisons. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls for A National Return to Civility, Dialogue and Respect

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—calls for a national return to civility, dialogue and respect. Tragically, we live in challenging times in terms of political, racial and religious divisiveness that has torn our country asunder in so many ways. Moreover, each day we all delicately negotiate the deadliest pandemic in modern times. People are struggling on an existential basis and our collective soul has been severely challenged in ways that we never thought possible. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Condemns the Brutal Murder of Esther Horgan

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—condemns the brutal murder of Esther Horgan. Esther Horgan, 52, was violently attacked on December 20, 2020, during an afternoon jog in the forest near her home in the Samarian settlement of Tal Menashe. Police and the Shin Bet security agency suspect this was an act of terror and continue to investigate this tragic murder. Esther leaves behind a loving husband and six children. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Celebrates US Supreme Court Decision Striking Down New York State Limitations on Houses of Worship

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—celebrates the United States Supreme Court’s decision holding that New York State’s COVID-19 directives regarding limits on attendees at houses of worship for prayer services violate the First Amendment’s free exercise of religion clause. The Supreme Court ruled that “enforcement of the Governor’s severe restrictions on the applicants’ religious services must be enjoined.” [...Click headline above for more...]