Cadets and participated in the Aleph Institute’s Military Lay Leader Training Conference in Surfside, Florida recently. Participants from the full joint and NATO community came together at the Shul (an Orthodox Synagogue) for faith, fellowship, and training focused on providing support to Soldiers and Jewish communities wherever deployed/stationed.
Rabbis, Chaplains, Jewish lay leaders and personnel converged in Bal Harbour, Florida for a 5-day meeting of the minds and hearts. Courses and lectures addressing Education, Resiliency and Logistics of Jewish needs were a mainstay of the training course. The weekend hosted by The Shul of Bal Harbour was a meticulously planned event that hosted a panel of Chaplains, military personnel and experts in their respective fields of the highest ranks from around the world including enlisted members such as Sergeant Major Sam Yudin.

The West Point Cadets were introduced to the conference participants and presented on the topics of life at West Point and the multitude of activities in which they participate due to the incredible support of both Rabbi David Ruderman, the West Point Jewish Chaplain and the Jewish Chapel Fund which sponsor events.

Significant presentations on focused leadership sparked influential conversations from LTC(R) Terry Bresnick ’69 from Innovative Decision Analysis and the President of the West Point Jewish Chapel Fund. During the weekend, the group attended a variety of services, group meals, participated in religious traditions and had opportunities to talk with guest speakers and religious leaders from across the military joint community. The weekend was made possible from the generous and professional support by the West Point Jewish Chapel Fund and Staff.

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