Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls for Securing Borders & Securing Wages for Federal Workers

The Rabbinical Alliance of America – Igud Harabbonim, representing nearly one thousand rabbis serving throughout the United States – calls on the political powers in Washington, D.C., to calm the rancor and acrimony enveloping our government and citizenry at levels more dangerous than seen in recent history. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Congratulates the Democratic National Committee For Dropping Partnership With Women’s March

The Rabbinical Alliance of America – Igud Harabbonim, representing nearly one thousand rabbis serving throughout the United States – congratulates the Democratic National Committee for dropping its partnership with the Women’s March. This development comes amid accusations of anti-Semitism within the leadership of the Women’s March which caused many organizations to drop their support of this year’s march scheduled for January 19, 2019. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls On Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Insist Representative Rashida Tlaib Clarify Her View on the State of Israel

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing nearly one thousand rabbis serving throughout the United States of America — calls upon House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to insist that Representative Rashida Tlaib clarify her position on the State of Israel.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Decries Educational Guidelines Decree Issued by the New York State Department of Education

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing nearly one thousand rabbis and spiritual leaders serving throughout the United States of America — expresses shock and outrage over the new educational guidelines issued by the New York State Department of Education headed by Commissioner Marry Ellen Elia. [...Click headline above for more...] 

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=&