The Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls for Vigilance Over Anti-Semitic Crime Wave

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — calls for vigilance in light of wave of anti-Semitic crimes. As reported in the media and confirmed by the Jewish community in Brooklyn, New York, one of the largest centers of the worldwide Jewish community, the NYPD is investigating two possible anti-Semitic hate crimes commited on Saturday, May 22, 2021 after a week of repeated anti-Semitic hate crimes. A palpable sense of fear has descended on the New York Jewish community due to the ongoing anti-Semitic violence and hatred. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Condemns the Alarming Spike in Anti-Semitic Attacks

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — condemns the alarming spike in anti-Semitic attacks. This surge of anti-Semitism is a frightening reality that is shockingly found in the United States of America and throughout the world. This spike of anti-Semitic attacks comes as a result of the current tensions in the Middle East, in the wake of the barrage of missiles launched by Hamas from Gaza into Israel. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Condemns the Erroneous Depiction of Israel as an Apartheid State

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — protests and condemns the erroneous depiction of Israel as an apartheid state. Recently, Human Rights Watch, a few Members of the United States House of Representatives and other opponents of the State of Israel have used the current strife in the Middle East to falsely accuse Israel is of being an apartheid state. This is not only an incorrect and offensive judgement — it is a nefarious attempt to delegitimize, isolate and destroy the Jewish state by associating it with an evil, racist state regime of the recent past. This accusation has no legal or factual basis. It is an inaccurate and vile anti-Semitic assault on Israel.   [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls Upon the United States House of Representatives to Reject HR 2590 Which Would Undermine Israel’s Security and Jeopardize Middle East Peace

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — calls upon the United States House of Representatives to reject HR 2590 which would undermine Israel’s security and jeopardize peace in the Middle East. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Condemns Terrorist Missile Attacks on Jerusalem During Jerusalem Reunification Day Celebration

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — condemns the recent missile attacks by terrorists in Gaza that were fired on Jerusalem during Jerusalem Reunification Day. The air raid sirens shocked celebrants of Israel’s 54th commemoration of the reunification of Jerusalem, a day of great religious significance to many Jews, who fled to safe rooms in the middle of their celebrations. The Israeli army says the barrage of attacks also included an anti-tank missile, causing an Israeli citizen to be “lightly injured” and transferred to a hospital for medical treatment. On live footage, viewers saw the moment that air raid sirens blared in Jerusalem and thousands of people, young and old, ran for shelter. Children and their mothers ran from Jerusalem playgrounds in fear of the attacks directed at civilians. Hamas claims responsibility for the attacks and some Palestinians in East Jerusalem can be seen cheering as rockets were fired. [...Click headline above for more...] 

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...]