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Letter of Instruction (LOI) for The Aleph Institute's Tenth Annual Military
Training Course and Shabbat with our Troops weekend 8-12 February 2017


To: Military Chaplains, VA Chaplains, Lay Leaders and all Jewish Members of the US 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

The following LOI/MOI is for the Tenth Annual Aleph Institute Jewish Military Training Program and Sabbath with our Troops

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.  Baby sitting during scheduled sessions will be provided.

As in the past, we look forward to presentations and participation by senior military and government leaders. 


Location:
The Shul / 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 8 February 2017 

Sessions will begin promptly at 0800 hrs 9 February. The formal portion of the program concludes Sunday 12 Feb at 1200 hrs. Individual consultations will follow. 

This Year's Theme:
"The Jewish Military Chaplain in Peace and War. Achieving Resilience in Response to an Up-Tempo and Morphing Force Structure with an  Evolving, Changing and Expanding Global Mission."

Background and Focus of the Training:
The multiple global missions and consequent high stress experienced in today's military from both internal and external forces 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 skills and programs in achieving a higher level of personal resilience. Budget constraints on personnel and equipment, have required 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 proactive and tailored repertoire of chaplain services and programs in the cause of greater resilience.

Training Courses:

1. The Chaplain's Response to Social Engineering in the Military
2. Situation Ethics vs. Halacha (Jewish Law)
3. Military Ethics
4. Preaching and Political Correctness
5. Time Management as a force in stress reduction and building resilience.
6. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Update and Lessons Learned
7. Pastoral Counseling: In Combat and Garrison.
8. Religious Accommodation-The Latest Policies and Procedures.
9. Chief of Chaplains Briefings.

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 submit requests 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, please contact Mrs. Rochel Katz: E-mail: rochelkatz@aleph-institute.org Phone: 305-864-5553 ext 204

Financial assistance will be determined on a case by case basis and as in the past is in short supply.

Justification:

1) Aleph conducts chaplain professional development Training in support of and in concurrence with Chief of Chaplains guidelines. 

2) These training 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.

Submission:
Submit this LOI/MOI with your request for orders.

Uniform:

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.

Application:
Please complete the application below and submit it ASAP by e-mail to: rochelkatz@aleph-institute.org

Upon receipt of funded orders, Rochel Katz should be immediately notified.

Rabbi Sanford L. Dresin 
Chaplain (COL) USA Ret 
Director of Military Programs-Endorser 
Cell (302) 494-7080 
email dresin@comcast.net

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