The Rabbinical Alliance of America Applauds Governor Kathy Hochul For Increasing Funding for Nonpublic Schools

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—applauds Governor Kathy Hochul’s announcement in her first executive budget address regarding nonpublic school funding. Governor Hochul recommends an increase of approximately 18% in funding to support private schools, including Jewish day schools and yeshivot. This is one of the largest increases seen in the education portion of the governor’s budget.
 
Notably, Governor Hochul’s proposed budget includes a $15 million increase for the Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) reimbursement program for nonpublic schools. The governor has also proposed a dramatic expansion that triples funding for health, safety, and security projects in our schools through the Nonpublic School Safety Equipment (NSPE) Grant program. For the first time, this program will allow nonpublic schools to use the funds to support critical maintenance and repairs of our school facilities. This increase will greatly benefit the tens of thousands of students in New York State’s Jewish schools and their parents, who currently carry the enormous tuition burden required to educate their children according to their religious traditions. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Urges Vigilance in Protecting Synagogues and Jewish Communities

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—calls upon our nation’s elected officials and law enforcement officers to exercise vigilance in protecting synagogues and Jewish communities across North America in the wake of the terror attack at Congregation Beth Israel, in Colleyville, Texas. On Saturday, January 15, 2022, a gunman disrupted religious services, held five people including the rabbi hostage, and began a standoff with police that lasted for more than ten hours. Thanks to the efforts of law enforcement, all the hostages were safely released on Saturday night. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Joins New York City in Mourning the Nineteen People Who Died in a Tragic Bronx Fire

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—joins New York City in mourning the nineteen people, including nine children, who died in a Bronx fire. More than 60 were injured, and those with life-threatening injuries were taken to five Bronx hospitals. Roughly 200 firefighters battled the blaze, officials said. Officials described this fire as among the city’s worst in recent years. Mayor Eric Adams said, “The numbers are horrific… [t]his is going to be one of the worst fires that we have witnessed during modern times.” Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro stated that “the smoke conditions in this building were unprecedented.” In a horrifying scene, fire department crews entering the building found victims “on every floor” and were taking them out in “cardiac and respiratory arrest,” he said. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Applauds Mayor Elect Eric Adams on his Support of the Yeshiva Curriculum

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—applauds Mayor Eric Adams’ support of the yeshiva curriculum. When asked at a press conference on December 29, 2021 whether he would bend to demands made by certain individuals whose agenda is to destroy the Yeshiva educational curriculum, Mayor Adams responded, “I visited several yeshivas during the campaign, and what I do know is that those who are there – who are teaching the students – the literature that I looked at is supportive of a well-rounded, quality education,” the at-the-time Mayor-elect said. “The small number of yeshivas that we were having problems in should not be the message for the large number of yeshivas that are doing the right thing,” he continued. “I am going to give support through my Chancellor and my office to give support to all our educational facilities. I’m not going to get caught up in a dialogue of charter schools, public schools, yeshivas – everyone will receive the support they need to develop the full potential of our children.” [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Blesses Mayor Eric Adams Upon Becoming the 110th Mayor of the City of New York

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—blesses the Honorable Mayor Eric Adams, who takes his place as the 110th Mayor of the City of New York. 

We pray that the Almighty spread his canopy of peace, understanding, and wisdom upon Mayor Eric Adams and his administration and that He endow the new mayor with the strength and courage to help the residents of the City of New York cope with and recover from a pandemic that has wreaked so much havoc, pain and destruction in our lives.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Applauds Governor Kathy Hochul for Vetoing the Blooming Grove Community Preservation Bill Due to its Antisemitic Nature

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—applauds Gov. Kathy Hochul who vetoed on December 22 the Blooming Grove Community Preservation Bill (NY State Assembly Bill A5761). The bill, couched as a measure enabling the town of Blooming Grove to tax property sales and use the proceeds to buy land it wants to conserve or the development rights to those tracts, in actuality was a ploy to prevent the Hasidic population from developing legitimate housing for its communities needs. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls Upon the Incoming Adams Administration to Respect and Maintain the Independence of the Yeshiva Educational System

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—congratulates Mayor Eric Adams on his historic election as the 110th Mayor of the City of New York. As rabbis, we bless Mayor Adams and pray that the Almighty grant the new mayor wisdom and help and guide him in leading the city during this crucial and challenging time. With the help of the Almighty, the residents of this great city will experience prosperity, security, and a better and brighter tomorrow during the Adams mayoralty. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Sanctity of the Kotel and Support for the Israeli Chief Rabbinate Take Center Stage at Igud HaRabbonim Rosh Chodesh Teves Conference

On Sunday, December 5, 2021, Igud HaRabbonim — Rabbinical Alliance of America — convened its monthly Rosh Chodesh (Teves) conference and seudah at Brooklyn’s Congregation AAA Sfard, where the highly respected and venerable Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Serebyanski serves as Rav. [...Click headline above for more...]