ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal Welcomes Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael as Spiritual Arts Director

ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal welcomes Rabbi Geela Rayzel as our new Spiritual Arts Director. Rabbi Geela Rayzel is an accomplished rabbi, singer, songwriter, author and artist who excels at providing spiritual leadership and vision, guidance and innovation and a master of crafting spirit-filled programs and heart-felt rituals.

In her new role, Rabbi Geela Rayzel will continue to build on some of the magical programming that she has already brought to ALEPH—Zoom Gala Gala, Escorting the Queen Shechinah, Here Comes the Sun Solstice Celebration and Reb Zalman’s Yahrzeit Commemoration. New offerings that will be launched soon include Rosh HaShanah: Inviting in the Sweetness, Sukkot Shazoom, Havdalah Love and more.

“We are so excited to have Reb Rayzel join the ALEPH team as a project director,” says SooJi Min-Maranda, ALEPH’s executive director. “Her innovative programming and creative vision enlivens Judaism in the way that Reb Zalman z”l always envisioned.”

Founded in 1993, ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal envisions a contemporary Judaism that is joyous, creative, spiritually rich, socially progressive, and earth-aware. ALEPH brings spiritual vitality and passion into the daily lives of Jews through programs that empower leadership, build communities, and generate powerful experiences and practical resources. We currently have 40 network affiliates/communities located both in the US and abroad.

Today, Jewish Renewal is a trans-denominational approach to revitalizing Judaism. We combine the socially progressive values of egalitarianism, the joy of Hasidism, the informed do-it-yourself spirit of the chavurah movement, and the accumulated wisdom of centuries of tradition.

ALEPH’s strategy is to develop the next generation of leaders and modernize ritual practice to ensure organizational and philosophical stability. Strategic priorities focus on innovation and cultivation of new programming, developing strategic partnerships, investing in the next generation of Jewish leaders, and building a multicultural, multiracial organization. You can learn more about ALEPH at

Rabbi Geela Rayzel received her ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and has smicha from Reb Zalman z”l. She completed a Senior Educator’s program at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Melton Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora; as well as a one-year intensive in Jewish Studies at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She also holds a MA in Contemporary Jewish Studies from Brandeis University. You can learn more about Rabbi Geela Rayzel’s other creative projects at