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The following is the LOI/MOI for the annual Aleph Institute (A DOD recognized Military Chaplain Ecclesiastical Endorsing Agency) Jewish Military Training Course and Sabbath with our Troops 17-21 February 2016

The Aleph Institute is a recognized U.S. Department of Defense Ecclesiastical Endorsing Agency.

Two major components of the Aleph Military Jewish Chaplain and Lay Leader Training Program are worship and experiential learning. Our focus is on spiritual growth and renewal amid an atmosphere of trust and peer sharing between selected faculty, military and VA rabbis and Jewish lay leaders. The events cannot be replicated nor the learning and spiritual objectives achieved in the absence of actual travel to the training venue at our synagogue, The Shul, and its Torah Study Center. Web based communications, teleconferencing or any other similar means will not facilitate the terminal learning objectives of this training event and denominational requirements.
Participation in this and in similar such events is called for in Department of Defense Instructions(DODI) and in the Regulations of each of the Military Departments as they apply to their respective Chaplaincies. Attendance at this event is required in order to maintain a chaplain's Ecclesiastical Endorsement. Failure to attend may result in withdrawal of the Endorsement and consequent separation from service.
This event is designed for military chaplains (Jewish and non Jewish) and lay leaders, however, all Jewish military personnel are invited to attend and would benefit from participation. Military spouses are welcome to attend and participate. There will be special sessions offered for them and by them during the course of the training.
As in the past, we look forward to presentations and participation by senior military and government leaders. At previous events we were privileged to have had visits and presentations by Speaker of the House, John Boehner, Governor Rick Scott of Florida, General Robert Magnus, General John Kelley, LTG Bennet Socolick, LTG Howard Bromberg, Chaplain (MG) Donald Rutherford as well as other distinguished civilian and military leaders.


Letter of Instruction (LOI) for The Aleph Institute’s Military Shabbaton (Sabbath Retreat) and Training Course, 17-21 Feb 2016

All Military Chaplains, VA Chaplains, Lay Leaders and all Jewish Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Allied Forces

From: Chaplain (COL) Sanford L. Dresin, USA RET, Director of Military Programs-Endorser, The Aleph Institute
Cell: 302-494-7080 e-mail: dresin@comcast.net

Location: The Shul at the Aleph Institute - 9540 Collins Ave. Surfside (Miami) FL 33154

Airports: Miami (MIA) or Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)

Arrival and Departure Times: 
Plan to arrive NLT Wednesday 17 February 2016. Sessions will begin promptly at 0800 hrs 5 Feb. The formal portion of the program concludes Sunday 8 Feb at 1200 hrs. Individual consultations will follow.

This Year's Theme:

"Reflecting on the Current State of the Traditional Chaplain Basics: Teaching, Preaching and Counseling and their Efficacy in Responding to our Military's Morphing Force Structure and Expanding and Changing Global Mission."

Background and Focus of the Training:
The multiple global missions of today's military and the internal and external forces they generate impact not only on the force structure, but even more so on our service members and their families. This situation calls for a thoughtful review of the traditional chaplain skill sets, knowledge and abilities that lie at the core of a chaplain's armamentarium. The expanding mission that comes with significant budget constraints on personnel and equipment, demands that service members and their families be able to do more with less. Naturally,chaplains, lay leaders and their families are not immune to this situation. We will therefore, look to the need for an increased and tailored repertoire of coping skills and a more proactive ministry.

Training Courses:

1. The Chaplains Response to Social Engineering in the Military

2. Situation Ethics vs. Halacha (Jewish Law)

3. The Kotzker vs. Rav Levi Yizchak: Confrontation vs. Comfort, two styles of ministry

4. Preaching and Political Correctness

5. Organizational Psychology for the Chaplain with a focus on Developing System Sense

6. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Update and Lessons Learned

7. Pastoral Counseling: What it is, What it is not, and What it should be

8. To Teach or Not To Teach: "Character Guidance" Programs of the Past - Would they work today?

Fees: Registration: $180 Registration reimbursement is authorized in accordance with the Joint Federal Travel Regulation (JFTR). Orders should indicate that this is a reimbursable fee.

Funding: Active, Guard, Reserve, VA Chaplains and Lay Leaders should submitrequests for fully funded orders (TDY, TAD, ADSW, ADT, FTTD, IDT or AT) to their command. If you request funding from your command in a timely manner and are denied, you are instructed to contact Rochel Katz, e-mail: rochelkatz@alephinstitute.org or phone 305-864-5553. Financial assistance will be determined on a case by case basis and, as in the past, is in shortsupply.

1) Aleph conducts chaplain professional development courses in support of and inconcurrence with Chief of Chaplains guidelines.
2) These courses will be announced through the major subordinate commands of the Military Departments.
3) This memorandum will serve as your LOI/MOI.
4) Regular attendance at training courses as outlined in this memorandum is a requirement for maintaining Chaplain Endorsement and Lay Leader Approval.

Submit this LOI (upon its completion) with your request for orders.

The uniform for all military participants will be Class A or its equivalent for Shabbat, ACU/BDU's or similar service uniforms for all formal classes.

Please complete the application below and submit it ASAP by e-mail to: rochelkatz@alephinstitute.org or via FAX to: 305-864-5675 Attn: Rochel. Upon receipt of funded orders, Rochel Katz should be immediately notified.



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