Training Rabbis and Community Leaders To Deal With Social Issues

How can rabbis and community leaders help community members struggling with issues related to drugs, at risk youth, domestic violence and abuse? On August 6, 2019, the Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis, the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) — a national orthodox Synagogue Organization representing 130 Synagogues across the United States with a combined membership of approximately 30,000 families, and the Vaad HaRabbonim of Queens (VHQ) representing the Orthodox rabbinate of Queens, New York teamed up with Amudim, the renowned Jewish agency dedicated to crisis intervention, for a presentation at the Young Israel of Queens Valley, Queens, New York. The special workshop and training overview was titled, “The Role of Rabbis and Community Leaders Dealing with Substance Abuse, Addiction, Sexual Abuse and Mental Health.” Rabbi Zvi Gluck, the founder and director of Amudim, lectured to a crowd of 105 rabbis, rebbitzens, educators and Jewish Communal leaders who attended this important workshop. [...Click headline above for more...] 

FULL VIDEO: Rabbis Learn About Self-Care

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, Lenox Hill Hospital, a world premier medical institution opened its doors to a joint program of the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim (RAA/IGUD), an Orthodox rabbinical association with a membership near 1,000 Orthodox rabbis serving throughout the United States, and the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI), an Orthodox synagogue association with over 130 congregations across America. The symposium, entitled “Mchayil Lchayil, Taking YOUR SELF seriously, THE RABBI and HIS SELF care!”, was geared toward congregational rabbis and institutional chaplains. The symposium reflects the desire of both the RAA/IGUD and the NCYI to collaborate long-term on professional development and training that will enhance the Orthodox rabbi and chaplain. This training focuses on the rabbi’s and chaplain’s need to avoid burnout and to make certain that they are physically and spiritually healthy. A burnt-out rabbi or chaplain is unable to properly tend to the religious and spiritual needs of his congregation and patient. Therefore, the first of this series of professional development focused on staying healthy in order to best answer their calling to serve the community. [...Click headline above for more...]