Dear ALEPH-niks, We are called to serve the greater good. I stand before you, as the new ALEPH […]
Rabbi Geela-Rayzel Raphael and Binah Barbara Block weave a beautiful melodic tapestry that welcomed Kallah 2018 attendees and […]
ALEPH is deeply rooted in the havurat movement. Mazel tov to 50 years of Havurat Shalom! Click here […]
Mazal tov to the 2018 graduates of Embodying Spirit, En-spiriting Body, Cohort 3!
Embodying Spirit, En-spiriting Body has been a two-year movement-based Jewish leadership training directed by Rabbi Diane Elliot. Participants discovered the shape and dynamic of the traditional Jewish prayer liturgies by moving them through their own bodies, experiencing the transformative power of inviting prayer to well up from the depths of one’s own being. The work embodies aspects of Torah, Kabbalah (Jewish mystical wisdom), and the sacred cycles of living and dying.
Shalom and Chag Pesach Sameach! The ALEPH Board of Directors is writing to share some updates about ALEPH […]
Kallah 2018 | February Update
What’s Going on with Kallah Planning?
- The 4-day intensive classes are being finalized. We want you to know that they are awesome! We hope you will be as excited as we are. These classes are being taught by invitation only, with the intention of showcasing an array of offerings that includes familiar teachers as well as teachers whose voices and teachings are newer to our community. We will announce the schedule for 4-day classes very soon, at the same time as the 1-day workshops.
- The opportunity to propose a 1-day workshops is also now closed. Thank you to the over 100 people who submitted proposals! We are now making sure all submissions are complete and then we’ll will begin the blind reader selection process. We will announce the 1-day workshop schedule at the same time as the 4-day class schedule – soon!
- YES! Early-bird registration is still open. Click here to register for Kallah. YES! Everyone who registers early will have priority access to all classes and workshops.
- We are ramping up our committees and working to staff up all the remaining positions.
We Want to Hear from You!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. The entire ALEPH staff is working hard to respond as quickly as possible.
We thank Tamy Jacobs for all the hard work & heart she given to ALEPH for the past two years. Even though Tamy is not continuing in her previous Kallah role, she remains a beloved member of our Jewish Renewal and ALEPH family. We bless her with the best success in all her endeavors.
Several Kallah staff and volunteer positions are open, and some are now filled.
ALEPH has hired a new Kallah Event Manager! We welcome Jennifer Evers. Who is Jennifer? “I am a project manager, event planner, social media wrangler, and content creator who can juggle all the pieces of a project at once without dropping a single task, all with a smile that emphatically states: I’ve got this under control.” Jennifer can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will manage and coordinate all the varied strands that weave our Kallah experience together, so that each and every one of us can have the best possible Kallah experience ever!
The ALEPH Ordination Program (AOP), through its Dean Rabbi Marcia Prager, is pleased to announce the appointments of […]
Harvesting the wisdom of our life’s experience to enrich the present moment, Sage-ing is rooted in the groundbreaking […]
My heart overflows with gratitude. Experienced my first ALEPH ordination/Smicha and first OHALAH conference. Mazal Tov again to all our new clergy and thank you to everyone who helped create the sacred space of OHALAH.
I want to share part of my remarks that I made on Tuesday:
About six months ago, I found my soul yearning for something more both professionally and personally. There is more to my story as a Jew by Choice and as a Jewish professional working within the Jewish community. I was asked during the interview process how I would do in a room full of rabbis. And so here I am. I know I can do this. Just as I said standing on the Bima 4 years ago as an adult bat mitzvah, it doesn’t matter that I am a Jew by choice. It doesn’t matter that I didn’t grow up in a Jewish home or go to Jewish camps. God is always here. No middle man. I am not seeking salvation. What I continue to seek is meaning — a life of purpose, a life filled with love and connection. No posturing. No games. There is something to be said about not trying too hard. Fully embracing myself and those around me. Submerge. Surrender. Speak honestly and openly. Turning and re-turning.