Rabbinical Alliance of America Remembers Rabbi Nachum Zvi Josephy, ZT’L at his 18th Yahrzeit Commemoration

On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim, gathered together with family and friends at Khal Mevakshei Hashem, located in Lawrence, New York, where Rabbi Yussie Zakutinsky serves as Rav, to commemorate the 18th Yahrzeit of its legendary Executive Vice-President, Rabbi Nachum Zvi Josephy, ZT’L, HaRav Nachum Zvi Ben HaRav Chaim Josephy.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Commends Assembly Member Brian Cunningham’s Staunch Support of Israel and Vehement Opposition to the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement Against Israel

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—commends New York State Assembly Member Brian Cunningham’s repudiation of BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, by withdrawing his support of Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou. Niou has openly stated that she supports BDS against Israel. As a result of that support, Assembly Member Brian Cunningham withdrew his endorsement of Niou’s candidacy for Congress, declaring, “I will not support a candidate that fails to recognize our democratic ally’s right to exist.”  [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Joins America in Mourning the Victims of the Highland Park Massacre

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—joins our nation in mourning the victims of the July 4, 2022, Independence Day massacre which tragically occurred in Highland Park, Illinois on America’s 246th birthday. A cold hearted, evil gunman opened fire on families waving American flags and children riding bikes at a Fourth of July parade, killing six and wounding more than 36 in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Commends Unilever for Ending Ben & Jerry’s Anti-Israel Boycott

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis— applauds Unilever for ending Ben & Jerry’s anti-Israel boycott. Unilever said it reached a deal in which it sold the Israeli branch of the ice cream brand to the current Ben & Jerry’s licensee in the country. This will allow him, as the new owner, to sell anywhere in the country. This move by Unilever comes after Ben & Jerry’s independent board decided last summer to boycott Judea and Samaria, territories that Israel liberated in the Six Day War of 1967. By stopping sales in Judea and Samaria, Ben & Jerry’s joined a global campaign known as “BDS,” which stands for boycott, divest and sanction, that targets Israel alone among all the countries in the world. Unilever’s sale of its Israel franchise effectively overrides last summer’s BDS decision by Ben & Jerry’s. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Welcomes the United States Supreme Court’s Decision of Carson v Makin as a Victory for Religious Freedom

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis— welcomes the Supreme Court of the United States of America’s decision of Carson v Makin as a victory for religious freedom. In Carson v. Makin, the United States Supreme Court held in a 6–3 landmark decision  that the exclusion of faith-based schools from Maine’s tuition-assistance program for students in rural school districts is unconstitutional and that the program discriminates against faith-based schools. The Carson decision clarifies that the Constitution prohibits the government from withholding public benefits from religious schools. Chief Justice John Roberts states this clearly in the majority opinion: “The State pays tuition for certain students at private schools—so long as the schools are not religious. That is discrimination against religion.” [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rabbinical Alliance of America Decries Visa Revocation of Safed Chief Rabbi

By Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, Norwalk, Connecticut.
Member Presidium Rabbinical Alliance of America – Igud Harabonim

The Rabbinical Alliance of America decries the recent action by the US State Department, publicized oddly over the Memorial Day Holiday, of the revocation of the visa held by prominent Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu; Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Safed, Israel, a courageous religious leader, who serves with selfless dedication, all the people of Israel and World-Jewry, with heart and soul. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rabbinical Alliance of America Tackles Education Hurdles, Encourages Civility and Calls for Sensible Revision of Bail Reform Laws

On May 29, 2022, the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim (RAA) convened its Rosh Chodesh Sivan conference at Kahal Bnei Matisyahu where its Presidium Chairman, Rabbi Yaakov Klass, serves as Rabbi. Rabbi Yaakov Klass and his brother Mr. Arthur Klass sponsored the conference in memory of their father, Mr. Albert Klass, Anschel Ben Moshe Feivel.   [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Joins America in Mourning the Victims of the Buffalo Supermarket Massacre

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—joins America in mourning 10 people and 3 others who were severely injured by a gunman motivated by hate on May 14, 2022, at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket.
The 18-year-old suspected of opening fire on innocent victims reportedly told authorities he was targeting the Black community. The alleged gunman reportedly made disturbing statements filled with hate toward the Black community. He published a white supremacist manifesto online and traveled a great distance in order to accomplish his hateful plan. Investigators also uncovered other information indicating he had studied previous hate attacks and shootings in order to prepare with great forethought his own hateful attack on innocents.
“The evidence that we have uncovered so far makes no mistake that this is an absolute racist hate crime. It will be prosecuted as a hate crime,” Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said. “This is someone who has hate in their heart, soul and mind.” The Buffalo attack was the deadliest US mass shooting of the year. There have been at least 198 mass shootings so far in 2022. [...Click headline above for more...]