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September 22, '22
 
Welcome to the weekly newsletter of Igud HaRabbonim, the Rabbinical Alliance of America, in which we share news for and about members, including communal news, announcements, publications, Divrei Torah, press releases and media mentions.

In this newsletter:
• Learning Opportunities in Eretz Yisroel
• The Rabbinical Alliance of America Joins Klal Yisrael in Mourning the Passing of HaGaon HaRav Dov Aharon Brisman, ZT’L
• Divrei Torah: Nitzavim
• Moments of Inspiration by Rabbi Blank
• 5TJT: Chai Elul Celebration
• COL Live: 80th Anniversary Siyum HaShas
• Jewish Voice: Chai Elul Celebration
• Upcoming Yahrtzeits 28 Elul-6 Tishrei
• Pruzbul
• Rabbinical Alliance of America Celebrates 80 Years of Gevurah and 34th Annual Chai Elul Siyum HaShas with an Eye Towards “Fulfilling the Divine Will” – Rabbinic Guidance, Teshuva, And Answering the Clarion Call of Rabbinic Activism

Please let us know about your family simchos and l"a aveilus, book publications and career changes or milestones, so we can share as chaveirim our life events. Send updates to rabbi@igud.us.

Learning Opportunities in Eretz Yisroel

Yeshivas HaTfutzos Toras Yisrael on Mount Zion, Jerusalem, famously known as Diaspora Yeshiva, invites the distinguished members of the Rabbinical Alliance of America to consider the yeshiva at this time for young Jewish men (ages 18-25) who are on the journey of teshuva and seeking a place of dedicated learning. Space is available for a number of new students to join the yeshiva beginning with the upcoming zeman, following Succos. For more information, please visit http://diasporayeshiva.org.



 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Joins Klal Yisrael in Mourning the Passing of HaGaon HaRav Dov Aharon Brisman, ZT’L

Nafla ateres rosheinu, the crown has fallen from our head (Eicha 5:16). The Jewish people has lost a brilliant scholar, faithful leader, devoted servant and one a great posek. The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American Orthodox Rabbis — joins Klal Yisroel in mourning the passing of HaGaon HaRav Dov Aharon Brisman, ZT’L, the Rosh Beth Din of the Beth Din of the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim.

HaRav Dov Aharon Brisman was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and studied T Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon. Thereafter, he studied t Yeshivas Ner Yisroel and Mir Yerushalayim, where he learned under HaRav Chaim Shmulevitch, ZT’L and HaRav Nachum Partzovitz, ZT’L. Returning to America, he studied at Beis Medrash Govoha, Lakewood, where he obtained Semicha from HaRav Schneur Kotler, ZT’L. Rav Brisman held many important prominent positions in the rabbinate. At Igud HaRabbonim, he was respected as an important connector between the mesorah of Europe and the new beginnings of Torah Yiddishkeit in America.

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, stated, “We at Igud HaRabbonim revered HaRav Dov Aharon Brisman as a world class talmid chacham and a leading posek. He personified the humility and refined character traits which he spent his life teaching. With the passing of HaRav Brisman, the Jewish people face a tragic void. Today, the worldwide Torah community stands as orphans, painfully bereft of the profound wisdom and courageous leadership of HaRav Dov Aharon Brisman. We continue with unbending faith that our Father in Heaven will send us proper guidance and salvation, because the children of Israel will never be abandoned. We pray that HaRav Dov Aharon Brisman serve as a melitz yosher for his family and the entire Klal Yisroel during this time of fear and sorrow.”



 

Divrei Torah: Nitzavim

Safa Berura: The Halachos of the Yomim Noraim 5781
Safa-Berura-Yomim-Noraim-5781
 
Tosfos Yom Tov – Tishrei 5782
Tosfos Yom Tov - Tishrei 5782
 
Rabbi Kurzrock – Nitzavim 5782
 
Rabbi Ya’akov Shulman – Nitzavim-Vayeilech 5780 – audio, video

 
Audio: Rabbi Student – Nitzavim 5781
 
Torah Wellsprings - Rosh Hashanah 5781
 
Bluziver Rebbe - Nitzavim 5779
 
Rav Asher Weiss - Nitzavim 5782
 
Rav Asher Weiss - Nitzavim-Vayeilech 5780
 
Dirshu - Nitzavim 5781
 
Dirshu - Nitzavim-Vayeilech 5780
 
Rabbi Ziegler - Nitzavim 5781
 
Rabbi Ziegler - Nitzavim 5780
 
Nitzavim - Rabbi Ziegler 5779
 
Vayelech - Rabbi Kurzrock 5740
 
Vayelech - Rabbi Kurzrock 5769
 
Vayelech - Rabbi Rokeach 5773
 
Vayelech - Rabbi Zachariash 5743
 
Nitzavim Vayelech - Rabbi Ziegler 5774
 
Nitzavim - Rabbi Zachariash 5743
 
Nitzavim - Rabbi Zachariash 5740
 
Nitzavim - Rabbi Rokeach 5772
 
Nitzavim - Rabbi Rokeach 5770
 
Nitzavim - Rabbi Kurzrock 5769
 
Nitzavim - Rabbi Kirsh 5771
 
Nitzavim - Rabbi Kirsh 5769
 
Nitzavim - Rabbi Halberstam 5740
 
 
Nitzavim – Liska Rebbe 5779



 

Moments of Inspiration by Rabbi Blank

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Rabbi Yehuda (Leonard) Blank MS, BCC
Vice President of Professional Development and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim
917-446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com
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Throughout the world, many poignant words have been said about the Queen of England. It is as if the multitudes were sharing the same script. There were thousands who stood on line waiting to pass by her coffin and give homage to the late Queen. The thousands who waited in different locations to get a glimpse of the procession shed tears for a monarch they had never seen personally .Many just wanted to get a glimpse of King Charles III, other members of the royal family or just the procession. Many called this a lifetime experience. It appeared as if the entire world was watching all at the same time.

Many people are still reckoning with the loss of the queen, who reigned for the last 70 years. As The Washington Post points out, at least 90% of people alive today have never seen a world where Queen Elizabeth II wasn’t the monarch. And to pay their respects to such a prominent, long-standing figure, thousands have gathered outside of Buckingham Palace, Windsor, and other locations that were significant to the queen (per Reuters).

The Queen manifested royalty such in the way she handled certain family situations and her mannerisms .Even her choices of clothing were elegant, modest and aristocratic . She was an unbelievable role model to thousands of women of all ages . She was polite and courteous. Her language was so proper and never spoke words that were not appropriate.

Recently, I noticed as I was entering the elevator in my apartment building someone approaching, so I held the door for her. The young woman in her late teens thanked me and remarked how nice I was and so courteous. I thanked her for her kind words and responded how important it is to be polite and courteous. She replied that my actions and words were so uncommon these days. Mind you, these words were coming from a very young woman. In previous articles, I shared various positive interactions I had and still do with men and women of diverse backgrounds and how they respond in kind to me with their smiles, greetings and something nice to share with me. Being helpful, respectful, courteous, sincere, holding the door, or just a nod and a bright smile is the right way to make a Kiddush H.

England and its commonwealth now has a king. This article is in no way meant to judge what type of King Charles III will be like, or what type of person he will be like. Hopefully ,he will be a special caring king. Only time will tell.

The royalty of Hamelech Hakadosh,H whose coronation as our King takes place every Rosh Hashanah. Veatem teheyu le mamleches Kohanim vegoy kadosh. And you should be for me a royal nation. We as H holy nation should always try to emulate His ways.

You will see from the excerpts below about the Ribono she Olam, His kindness, and love for Klal Yisrael, His care for all people and how he shows mercy and also willingness to be forgiving of sins.

From the Artscroll Selichos

“An Overview” The Almighty’s Own Prayer” By teaching Moses the Attributes of Mercy, G was teaching the Jewish people that in order for their prayers to be efficacious, they just emulate the merciful traits of the One to Whom they pray. As R” Yochanan put it, G told Moses “ Let them perform this procedure”; G did not teach Moses words alone; He told him that the message of the words must be carried out. The “procedure” to be performed was the content of the Attributes of Mercy.

G thus showed Moses that in order to merit G’s mercy, Jews must be merciful to one another- single- mindedly so for just as the tallis draped around them shuts out physical distractions, so it must shut out the thousand reasons why one person does not deserve mercy, another is unworthy of patience, and a third has forfeited his right to forgiveness. By coupling the attitude of prayer with the text that proclaimed the infinite emulation of His merciful traits.

(cont) Alshich explains that R” Yochanan made it very clear that words are not enough, even if they are recited with feeling. Perform this procedure G pleaded. Do no merely speak about G’s mercy. Show human mercy. Only then does G guarantee that He will respond to us in kind( quoted by Eitz Yosef to Ein Yaakov, Rosh HaYeshiva 17b).

In the famous homily of Kedushas Levi, King David says H Tzilcha, H is your protector (Psalms 121:4).The phrase can also be rendered H is your shadow, for just as a shadow follows and imitates the actions of a person, so G in a sense, the shadow of a person’s deeds. If we are kind, He is kind to us. If we are forgiving, He is forgiving to us. And, unfortunately, vice versa. This is the sort of behavior that G called for, not words but emulation of G’s mercy.”

From Nishmas Song of the Soul by Yisroel Besser Artscroll Series Mesorah Publications Ltd. pages 12, 13 20, 21 “Writing acknowledgment brings to mind a story. The Tosher Rebbe, Rav Meshulam Feish Lowy, once called a close, generous chassid, Reb Yisrael Moshe Wassner, on the phone. The Rebbe said that he wanted to ask two favors.

First, there was a certain Jew whose home was in danger of foreclosure and the Rebbe was determined to help this person save his house, his dignity, and his peace of mind. The Rebbe asked Reb Yisroel Moshe to write a generous check and mail it immediately.

“I will wait here, on the telephone, while you address the envelope and send off the check,” the Tosher Rebbe said, “and then, after it’s in the mailbox, I’d like to speak with you again.”

Reb Moshe assured the Rebbe that he would mail the check and call the Rebbe back after the mission was complete, but the Rebbe insisted that he wanted to wait on the phone.

The chassid wrote the check, signed it, placed it in an envelope, and headed down the Manhattan street to the nearest mailbox. Several minutes later, he lifted the receiver and told the Rebbe, who had been waiting, that the check was en route to its destination.

“Good,” the Rebbe said with pleasure, “now I want you to do something else. Go to the corner of the room and say , ‘Ribono shel Olam, did I really do something so special? After all, I simply took some of the money You blessed me with and shared it with a brother of mine who needs it too. Ribono shel Olam, You enabled me to have this money and allowed me the zchus of sharing it, so Ribono shel Olam, I just want to thank you for letting me do my part.”

The sefer continues with how the Jews were treated in Mitzrayim and what occurred in the Yam Suf to the Mitzriyim. “Imagine, says the Chofetz Chaim, the message this sent to every single Jew standing there observing this. Hakadosh Baruch Hu was not only watching out for your people, your nation, your family-but for you !

(cont) It’s not only the nation that’s holy and beloved, it’s every individual within the nation.

Vaya’aminu, when they saw how personal that love was, they believed that Hakadosh Baruch Hu had a relationship with each one of them, that there was hashgacha, precise Divine involvement in every detail of their live.

That’s the message of Shira HaYam, says the Chofetz Chaim, and that it’s the ode of our people- a nation that crowns its King not just over the heaven and earth, the mountains and rivers, but over every single person: it’s all personal.”

(cont) Klal Yisrael is holy and precious and each individual within it is holy and precious. To the One Who chose us, Who created the world to benefit us, Who loves and protects us and showers us with kindness, it is to Him that we sing.”

From Perek Shirah The Song of the Universe. Artscroll Series, Mesorah Publications Ltd.

“The thick clouds say”

“ I will be to Israel like the dew, and he will blossom like a rosebush, and he will strike roots like the cedars of Lebanon(Hosea 14:6) In the midst of Hosea’s classic ad passionate call for repentance, G assures Israel of His mercy and readiness to take them back despite their sins. Like the beloved, always-welcome dew, which falls every day, whether or not we deserve it, G always awaits us, ready to accept us in His loving embrace. Thus, dew is the symbol of hope. And that is why the Sages speak of dew as the elixir that will bring the dead back to life, with the coming of Messiah.”

“The sheaf of wheat says:”

“ A song of the ascents. From the depths I called you, H( Psalms 130:1) How often does it happen that a person feels he has hit bottom, that there is no hope, that his most objective analysis shows that his prospects are nil. After being inundated with tales of woe, a great Chassidic master had no hopes or comfort, but he cried out, “Jews, do not despair! There is always hope, because we have a G of mercy! This is the message of the wheat sheaf. Its future is brightest when it is smashed and dismembered-because that is when its kernels are gathered from the chaff and are milled to make the flour that will nourish man.”

“The wind says:”

I will say to the North, ‘Deliver them!’ and to the South, ‘Do not withhold ! Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of the earth (Isaiah 43:5) .” The winds sings Isaiah’s song of hope to the Children of Israel, who are exiled in every forlorn corner of the earth. When the time comes, G will command the four winds to bring His children home. From every direction will they come, No longer will holiness be found in isolated pockets, like tiny rays of little candles. One again, the Temple and its people will be a wellspring of spiritual life for all the world.”

Over and over, again and again, we learn, we read, we believe and in our hearts we do know how much the Ribono shel Olam loves us. His kindness, his goodness, and how he is a forgiving G can never be compared to a living human king or queen, not even Dovid Hamelech and Shlomo Hamelech as great as they were. Yet, we must have trust in H. Following in the path of H is to emulate Him with sincerity.

There are so many things we pray for, aside from forgiveness, Our whole future lies before us, Yet, as much as there is a concern what the future holds for each of us, we must be mispallel for all the good things we pray for. Only H can make everything good happen. We must remember that anything and everything we pray for is possible to come true. All of the above is difficult for a person going through challenging and difficult times. Rabbonim, Rebbetzins and Chaplains are often called to task giving appropriate pastoral care to those who have many doubts how to deal with their personal concerns whatever they may be. We can never give up, We must be as strong as possible. For many with low self-esteem, low self-confidence, or those who are feeling depressed (Not clinical depression. That needs a clinical diagnosis by a mental health professional) for whatever the reason might be. Rabbonim, Rebbetzins and Chaplains can give much needed chizuk. Just listening to a person going through a difficult time is so important. It is always important to remember there are times when a person truly needs the help of a professional and giving pastoral care is not enough. It is really meaningful for the Rabbi, Rebbetzin or Chaplain who can uplift the spirits of a person and may help find a solution if possible. It is very helpful for the person to know that he/she is not alone. You are there for that person, and most of all, the Ribono shel Olam is there for that person.

Let us be mispallel for all those who need a refuah sheleima, parnasah, a shiduch, and whatever else a person needs. Let us be mispallel for achdus, simchas hachayim, happiness, goodness and kindness. We have to remove loshon harah, jealousy and any ill feelings towards others. Everyone should have a heart of gold helping and caring for others in their times of need. It is so important to have a good heart for all Jewish men and women of all ages and of all backgrounds and always to be erlich, sincere.

May all of my readers have a kesiva vechasima tova , a shanah tovah umesukah.- A sweet and good year. May we be zoche to enhance the quality of Jewish life with maysim tovim and good feelings for each other. Let us all be good ambassadors of the Ribono shel Olam, and whenever and however to be Mekadeish H.

Sincerely, Rabbi Yehuda Blank



 

5TJT: Chai Elul Celebration

The Five Towns Jewish Times, September 23, 2022, carries a write-up of RAA/Igud’s Siyum HaShas celebration



 

COL Live: 80th Anniversary Siyum HaShas

COL Live, September 20, 2022, carries a notice of RAA/Igud’s Annual Siyum HaShas celebration

The Rabbinical Alliance of America (Igud HaRabbanim) held its 80th Annual Siyum HaShas Celebration recently with elected officials and community leaders in attendance.

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Jewish Voice: Chai Elul Celebration

The Jewish Voice, September 19, 2022, carries a write-up of RAA/Igud’s Siyum HaShas celebration

Rabbinical Alliance of America Celebrates 80 Years of Gevurah and 34th Annual Chai Elul Siyum HaShas with an Eye Towards “Fulfilling the Divine Will”  Rabbinic Guidance, Teshuva, And Answering the Clarion Call of Rabbinic Activism Edited by: TJVNews.com A new year is around the corner. Members of Klal Yisroel are pulling out all the stops…

The Jewish Voice The Jewish Voice


 

Upcoming Yahrtzeits 28 Elul-6 Tishrei



 

Pruzbul

Rav Yehoshua Grunwald shlit”a, dayan on Igud HaRabbonim’s Bais Din, offers text of a pruzbul along with instructions for making the pruzbul

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Rabbinical Alliance of America Celebrates 80 Years of Gevurah and 34th Annual Chai Elul Siyum HaShas with an Eye Towards “Fulfilling the Divine Will” – Rabbinic Guidance, Teshuva, And Answering the Clarion Call of Rabbinic Activism

A new year is around the corner. Members of Klal Yisroel are pulling out all the stops to merit a Kesiva V’chasima Tova. Both at the individual and communal levels, so many individuals and communities need divine blessings. As always, Klal Yisroel looks towards its rabbis for leadership, guidance, advocacy and spiritual strengthening

In the beautiful Sephardic Lebanese Congregation on Avenue T in Brooklyn, leaders of the Igud HaRabbonim/Rabbinical Alliance of America and other distinguished guests crystallized the calling of leadership in our day. This has been the Igud’s mission since 1942, when it was founded by great Jewish leaders including Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky zt”l, Rav Gedaliah Schorr zt”l and Rav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz zt”l, and later encouraged and guided by the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt”l & Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l. The Igud currently has a growing network of nearly 1,000 diverse rabbanim across the country, as well as a Beth Din led by Rav Herschel Kurzrock, and a robust advocacy operation.

For the 34th consecutive year, the Igud held its flagship gathering on Chai Elul, the birthday of the Baal Shem Tov and Baal HaTanya zt”l. The annual gathering’s highlights include a Siyum HaShas, cumulatively completed by the Igud’s member rabbis; and a convocation summing up the Igud mission for the year ahead.

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, Executive Vice-President of the Igud, emphasized the consistent and fearless leadership that the Igud’s rabbis represent regardless of the issues of the day. “Rabbanim must often take unpopular positions,” he candidly explained. “The Igud provides the tools for them to succeed.”

The highlight of the multi-hour event, no doubt, was the Siyum HaShas. Rabbi Eytan Feiner, rabbi of Congregation Kneseth Israel, The White Shul, in Far Rockaway, New York, served as the Siyum HaShas Chairman. Rabbi Yaakov Shulman, Presidium Member of the Igud HaRabbonim, made the Siyum on the entire Talmud. Rabbi Shulman explained that the Siyum symbolizes that the Igud’s rabbis are not content merely with learning and leading the community around the clock. “The rabbanim show that they want to do ‘retzono shel makom,’ fulfill the divine will,” he exclaimed in an address replete with profound Talmudic insights. Rabbi Leibel Wulliger, Rosh Kollel Nachlas Dovid of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, made the Has’chalas HaShas with an impassioned series of Talmudic interpretations. Joining the rich Torah program was Rabbi Herschel Welcher, renowned halachic authority and rabbi of Congregation Ahavat Yisrael, Kew Garden Hills, who gave an erudite Dvar Torah and Halacha which served as the 80th Celebratory Keynote Tribute Address.

Mayor Eric Adams, who was in Washington D.C. on city business, delivered the keynote address via video. Additionally, the RAA honored Mayor Adams’ three top Orthodox Jewish aides: Joel Eisdorfer – Senior Advisor to Mayor Adams with the Distinguished Leadership Award; Menashe Shapiro – Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Eric Adams with the Outstanding Guardianship Award; and Fred Kreizman – Commissioner of Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit with the Community Leadership Award. In addition, the RAA surprised Inspector Richard S Taylor – Commanding Officer, NYPD Community Affair Bureau with the Public Safety Award; Rabbi Gil StudentDirector RAA/Igud Vaad Halacha with the Igud Service Award; and Scott Maurer – CEO and Executive Vice President of the Council of Jewish Organizations (COJO) of Staten Island with the Jewish Leadership Award. 

The following special guests were present at the convocation: Councilman Kalman Yeger; Brooklyn South Chief Mike Kemper; Staten Island Chief Terence Hurson; Inspector Joe Hayward; RAA Director of Govermental & Community Relations, NYPD Clergy Liaison David Heskiel; Simon Sebag, representing Public Advocate Jumaane Williamswho presented the honorees with Recognition Certificates; Rabbi Eli Slavin, representing Congresswoman Yvette Clark who presented the honorees with Congressional Recognition Certificates; Israeli Deputy Consul General to New York, Israel Nitzan; NYPD Honorary Surgeon Dr. Jack Husney; NYPD Chaplain Imam Tahir; Igor Galanter, DC 37; Flatbush Jewish Community Council Chairman Josh Mehlman; and Executive Director of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, Rabbi Moshe Wiener; Rabbi Eli Cohen, Executive Director of CHJCC; and Yitzy Weinberg, Executive Director Flatbush Community Fund, among other dignitaries that attended the event to discuss the concerns of Torah Jewry with the Igud. Rabbi Nissim Zeev, former Member of the Knesset and founder of the Shas party was also in attendance, and he participated with warm greetings.

The Siyum HaShas and dinner was dedicated in memory of Rabbi Meir Shapiro zt”l, Chief Rabbi of Buenos Aires and Igud Chairman, and his Rebbetzin Pearl Yita Shapiro zt”l, by Rabbi Pinny Shapiro and family. Rabbi Yaakov Shulman dedicated the Hadran in memory of his father Rabbi Shimaryahu Shulman, ZT’L.

The event began with greetings by the host, Rabbi Eliyahu Elbaz the rabbi of the Sephardic Lebanese Congregation, and an invocation by Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank, MS, BCC, Vice-President of Professional Development and External Affairs of the Igud HaRabbonim, and former New York City Housing Authority Police Department Chaplain. Subsequently, Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, Executive Vice-President, RAA/Igud and Event Chairman, together with Rabbi Michael Meir Melnicke, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, RAA/Igud and Dinner Chairman, presented awards to the honorees. 

Rabbi Pesach Lerner, founder and chairman of Eretz HaKodesh gave a report on the growth of this amazing organization and explained how it has transformed the landscape at the World Zionist Organization and has become a force to improve Torah life in Israel. Rabbi Lerener proudly announced that Eretz HaKodesh appreciates the strong support of the Igud HaRabbonim and it plans to collaborate on projects to further strengthen the study and observance of Torah. 

At the convocation, Rabbi Moish Schmerler was installed as the Executive Director/Menahel of the Igud HaRabbonim, and Rabbi Yehuda (Leonard) Blank was installed as the Vice-President of Professional Development and External Affairs of the Igud HaRabbonim. 

Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, Igud Presidium member and Rav of Congregation Beth Israel Chabad of Norwalk, CT, passionately articulated the Igud’s official convocation agenda for the coming year. Top agenda items include: lobbying for a mandated daily moment of silence, recognizing the Creator, in educational institutions across America; urging the Jewish Federation organizations to increase their support for Torah education; supporting the integrity of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate and its fealty to Halacha; and promoting awareness that the Igud is an authentic voice of American Jewry, whose Torah observant bloc is growing fast.

The event concluded with the climactic Siyum HaShas. This was the culmination of a year of learning of Igud’s rabbis, who divided the entire Talmud for individual study, and the beginning of a new period of study. Each new year has its own set of challenges but we constantly return to the Talmud for guidance. As the inspirational ceremonies concluded, the Igud’s rabbanim returned to their respective communities, with chizuk and a clear mandate for their avodas hakodesh in the year ahead.

 

Names in Pictures

Picture (1) Group picture of some of the Rabbonim in attendance at the 80th Celebration and 34th Annual Chai Elul Siyum HaShas of the Igud HaRabbonim

Picture (2) Left to Right, Rabbi Yehuda Blank, vice-president for Professional Development and External Affairs, Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Chesky Blau; Rabbi Moish Schmerler, executive director, Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Eytan Feiner, Rabbi, Congregation Kneseth Israel, The White Shul, Far Rockaway, New York, and Siyum HaShasc chairman; Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, Igud HaRabbonim; and event chairman; Councilman Kalman Yeger; Rabbi Michael Meir Melnicke, chairman of the Board of Trustees, Igud HaRabbonim and Dinner chairman; and Rabbi Herschel Welcher, Rabbi, Congregation Ahavat Yisrael, Kew Garden Hills, New York and the 80th Celebratory Keynote Speaker

Picture (3) Left to Right, Rabbi Moish Schmerler, executive director, Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Pesach Lerner, founder and chairman of Eretz HaKodesh; Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, Igud HaRabbonim; and Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, Igud presidium member, and Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel Chabad of Norwalk, CT, and Convocation chairman 

Picture (4) Left to Right, Rabbi Herschel Welcher, Rabbi, Congregation Ahavat Yisrael, Kew Garden Hills, New York and the 80th Celebratory Keynote Speaker; Rabbi Yehuda Blank, vice-president for Professional Development and External Affairs, Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Moish Schmerler, executive director, Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Pinny Shapiro, completing Shas; Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, Igud HaRabbonim; and event chairman; Oshri Reuven, president, Aur Torah Sephardic Minyan, Staten Island, New York; Rabbi Gil Student, director, Halacha Commission, Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Yaakov Shulman, presidium member, Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Hanania Elbaz, presidium member, Igud HaRabbonim, and Rabbi, Ahi Ezer Yeshiva Synagogue, Brooklyn, New York; and Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, Igud presidium member, and Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel Chabad of Norwalk, CT, and Convocation chairman 

Picture (5) Presenting a special Kiddush Becher and Plate to Rabbi Gil Student, director, Halacha Commission, Igud HaRabbonim; Left to Right, Rabbi Yehuda Blank, vice-president for Professional Development and External Affairs, Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Eliyahu Elbaz,Mara D’atra, Sephardic Lebanese Congregation; Rabbi Yaakov Shulman, presidium member, Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Moish Schmerler, executive director, Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Gil Student, director, Halacha Commission, Igud HaRabbonim; and Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, Igud presidium member, and Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel Chabad of Norwalk, CT, and Convocation chairman, who is reading the inscription

Picture (6) Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, Igud HaRabbonim; together with Rabbi Moish Schmerler, executive director, Igud HaRabbonim; presenting the Jewish Leadership Award to Scott MaurerCEO and Executive Vice President of the Council of Jewish Organizations (COJO) of Staten Island 

Picture (7) Presentation of Awards, Left to Right, Rabbi Yehuda Blank, vice-president for Professional Development and External Affairs, Igud HaRabbonim; Inspector Richard S Taylor- Commanding officer, NYPD Community Affair Bureau; Public Safety Award; Rabbi Michael Meir Melnicke, chairman of the Board of Trustees, Igud HaRabbonim and Dinner Chairman;  Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, Igud HaRabbonim; Mark Meyer Appel, founder and president, Bridge Multi-Cultural Project; Menashe Shapiro – Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Eric Adams, Outstanding Guardianship Award; Joel Eisdorfer – Senior Advisor to Mayor Adams with the Distinguished Leadership Award; Fred Kreizman – Commissioner of Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit with the Community Leadership Award; and Rabbi Moish Schmerler, executive director, Igud HaRabbonim

Picture (8) Rabbi Eli Slavin, representing Congresswoman Yvette Clark; presenting Congressional Citations of Honor to the honorees, he is flanked by Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, Igud HaRabbonim; on the right; and by Mark Meyer Appel, founder and president, Bridge Multi-Cultural Project; on the left

Picture (9) Left to Right, Oshri Reuven, president, Aur Torah Sephardic Minyan, Staten Island, New York; Rabbi Nissim Zeev, Former Member of the Knesset and Founder of the Shas Party; Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, Igud HaRabbonim; and Rabbi Aharon Zeev, Mara D’atra, Aur Torah Sephardic Minyan, Staten Island, New York



 

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