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Letter of Instruction (LOI) for The Aleph Institute's Eleventh Annual Military Training Course and Shabbat with our Troops 14-18 February 2018

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 Eleventh 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. 

The Shul / The Aleph Institute 
9540 Collins Ave 
Surfside (Miami) FL 33154 

Miami (MIA) or Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)

Arrival and Departure Times:
Plan to arrive NLT Wednesday 14 February 2018

Sessions will begin promptly at 0800 hrs 15 February. The formal portion of the program concludes Sunday 18 Feb at 1200 hrs. Individual consultations will follow.

This Year's Theme:

"Aleph Has Talent"


The focus of this year's Aleph Military Chaplain and Lay Leader Training will be on programs developed primarily by chaplains; Active, Reserve and Guard that address issues of leadership and resiliency, suicide prevention and inter-operability. In addition, there will be special presentations by the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE), the Modern War Institute and the Bundeswehr (German Military).


Our home-grown programs were designed and developed by our chaplains in the field and adopted and implemented by a variety of commands.

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. Leadership for Resilience

2. Inter-operability

3. Break-through in Suicide Prevention

4. Lay Leadership Issues

5. New Developments in Religious Accommodation

6. Jews and Jewish Concerns in the Bundeswehr

7. Modern War Institute presentation


8. CAPE presentation

9. Chief of Chaplains Updates


Registration: $180 

Registration reimbursement is authorized in accordance with the Joint Federal Travel Regulation (JFTR) 

Orders should indicate that this is a reimbursable fee.


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.

For all participants in a TDY status, all travel, lodging and per Diem expenses will be paid by the local 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.


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.

Submit this LOI/MOI 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@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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