Igud HaRabbonim

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Igud HaRabonim (Rabbinical Alliance of America) is a right-wing[1][2][3][4] national rabbinical organization, with over 800 members across North America.[5] Founded in 1942, it has for years received publicity from Rabbi Sholom Klass[6] and The Jewish Press.[7]

The organization has an active beth din (rabbinical court) in the greater New York City metropolitan area. Just like any other binding arbitration, its decisions are binding in civil courts if the litigants agree to appoint the beth din to arbitrate their dispute.

The organization's first president and co-founder was Rabbi Dr. Samuel A. Turk. Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum served as director.[5] Rabbi Abraham Hecht (1922-2013) served as President until his passing in 2013.[8] Rabbi Yaakov Spivak served as a member of the Presidium until his passing in 2021.


Current officers are:[9]

  • Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, Rabbi Yaakov Klass and Rabbi Hanania Elbaz - Presidium
  • Rabbi Shmaryahu Shulman, Honorary President
  • Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, Executive Vice President
  • Rabbi Duvid Katz of Brooklyn N.Y. Menahel
  • Rabbi Moish Schmerler, Administrative Director
  • Rabbi Avraham Amar, Menahel of Igud Israel
  • Rabbi Aaron Glatt, MD, Director of Halacha and Medicine Commission
  • Rabbi Gil Student, Director of Halacah Commission
  • Rabbi Joseph Frager, MD, Chairman, Israel Advocacy Commission
  • Rabbi Joseph Salamon, Senior Vice President

Members of the Beis Din are:[10][11][9]

  • Rabbi Hershel Kurzrock, Av Beis Din
  • Rabbi Peretz Steinberg, Sgan Av Beis Din
  • Rabbi Dov VAron Brisman, Rosh Beis Din
  • Rabbi Yaakov Shulman, Menahel Beis Din
  • Rabbi Shmaryahu Shulman, Zkan Dayan
  • Rabbi Laibel Wulliger, Moreh Tzedek
  • Rabbi Yehoshua Grunwald, Dayan
  • Rabbi Yitzchock Meir Pesach, Dayan
  • Rabbi Avrohom Yehoshua Kirsch, Dayan
  • Rabbi Moshe Brody, Dayan, Dayan


  1. ^ "Rabbi Gross...succeeded Rabbi Bernard Weinberger as president of the right-wing Orthodox rabbinical group." (Jewish Telegraph Agency) https://www.jta.org/1969/06/13/archive/alliance-will-consider-creating-agency-to-handle-funds-of-disbanded-synagogues
  2. ^ "a clutch of extreme right-wing rabbis called the 'Rabbinical Alliance of America'" (The Forward) https://forward.com/schmooze/132187/paladino-s-apology-sticks-in-rabbi-levin-s-thr/
  3. ^ Staff, Jewish Press. "Right-Wing Jewish Groups Split On Congratulating Biden".
  4. ^ "New Challenge To Rabbi Belkin NEW YORK — A challenge of the stand of Rabbi Samuel Belkin in appearing on a program with Reform and Conservative rabbinical leaders has been issued by the Rabbinical Alliance of America, a right wing Orthodox Rabbinical body." (The Jewish Post) https://newspapers.library.in.gov/?a=d&d=JPOST19661125-01.1.12&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------
  5. ^ a b Andy Newman (May 13, 2005). "Reform Jews, Adrift in a Sea of Black Hats". The New York Times. Gershon Tannenbaum, director of the 800-congregation Rabbinical Alliance of America, said
  6. ^ "Two New York State Programs to Cover Home Bills".
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2009-07-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Rabbi Abraham B. Hecht - Congregation Shaare Zion". www.shaarezionny.com.
  9. ^ a b "About". RAA Igud HaRabbonim.
  10. ^ "The Jewish Voice NY: RAA Observes 1st Yahrzeit of Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum". Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  11. ^ "Gifter in Gotham: Igud HaRabanim Adds Distinguished Rabbis To Its Beth Din". Retrieved June 27, 2018.

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