Organizational Update

ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal announces the departure of Steve Weinberg, Deputy Director, as of July 31, 2018. Steve has been a formidable member of the senior team since October 2016. He is leaving ALEPH on excellent terms and the timing of his departure coincides with the completion of one of our most successful Kallot and the ending of the organization’s fiscal year.

“I’ve enjoyed working with so many thoughtful and spiritual seekers, which has enriched my life,” says Steve Weinberg. “It has been a pleasure working together towards a shared purpose dear to my heart.”

“Steve’s departure is truly a selfless act,” says SooJi Min-Maranda, Executive Director. “ALEPH is at a critical juncture and we are focusing on building a strong path for the future during our non-Kallah year.”

ALEPH runs on a two-year cycle that is dependent on income from our biannual Kallah. “I, with support of the Board of Directors, am looking to diversify and strengthen our revenue streams,” adds Min-Maranda.

As part of the organizational restructuring, ALEPH’s physical office at 7000 Lincoln Drive in Philadelphia will be closing as of October 31, 2018.

“With the smaller staff size and increased telecommuting, it just made sense to close the physical office,” says Min-Maranda. “We will be exploring other options such as co-sharing spaces, if needed. The organization will continue to be headquartered in Philadelphia.”

Philadelphia is where ALEPH’s founder, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, established B’nai Or (“Sons of Light” in Hebrew) as both a local Jewish Renewal congregation and a national organization in 1978. Both the congregation and the organization later changed their names to the more gender-neutral P’nai Or (“Faces of Light”). In 1993, the national P’nai Or organization merged with Arthur Waskow’s Shalom Center to form ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, integrating the two principles of Tikkun haLev (“repair of the heart”) and Tikkun Olam (“repairing the world”). The Shalom Center became its own independent organization in September 2005.

In the coming year, ALEPH will be focusing on building and connecting our renewal communities across the country and abroad; aligning our people, programs and partners; strengthening Board governance; and fundraising.