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March 24, 2011

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March 24, 2011

I have been involved with ALEPH since its very beginnings, and have been continuously impressed with its ability to reach out to all sorts of people seeking more knowledge about Judaism in a modern, multi-cultural world.

Again and again, I have made connections for myself and my family
that have extended our participation in a Judaism that is expansive and inclusive in every way. I know that our Jewish family which embraces both modern Orthodox and Catholic members would not be the group we are, celebrating each others' commitment and spirituality, without the ALEPH publications, events and people.

The collection and putting together of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi's work is an incredably importsnt preservation of materials that were mostly lost in the Holocaust. The combining of Reb Zalman's work with that of young scholars of very varying Jewish backgrounds has provided us with an incomparable legacy to carry us into the future.

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I have turned to ALEPH in personal and family crises, and always received solid support. The various Kallot have played a very important part in my life, keeping me connected with other Jewish and non-Jewish seekers throughout the world.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure there was sufficient financil support to guarantee that ALEH can continue and expend all its work!

March 16, 2011

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March 16, 2011

I had a conservative Jewish education, but except for the music, felt unfulfilled spiritually by Jewish practice until I found Jewish Renewal 30 years ago. Reb Zalman's attitude that one could be a Jewish practitioner of generic religion was a perfect fit for me. Aleph has given me the opportunity to explore, with fellow spiritual travelers (my "rebbe chaverim"), the growing edges of Jewish music, ritual, art, and prayer without fear of condemnation. By now many of my friends have become the rabbis and cantors of the next generation of Judaism. My teenage daughter naturally considers herself a "renewal Jew."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I gave my daughter a Jewish renewal education and she was able to lead a Jewish Renewal Bat-Mitzvah service.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it lots of funding so that it can offer more programming to a wider audience of Jewish spiritual seekers worldwide.

March 15, 2011

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March 15, 2011

I first learned about Jewish Renewal in the mid 1980s. At the time, ALEPH was a small office in the home of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, producing exciting learning events and conferences and promoting his books. Since then, the organization has grown to include a trans-denominational seminary that is now the largest non-orthodox Rabbinical School in the world. Jews of many different orientations meet and study at the bi-annual Kallah. ALEPH leads the international Jewish community in creative responses to such religious issues as LGBT inclusion, the extended human life span, and climate change.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every aspect of my life.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it a million dollars.

March 15, 2011

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March 15, 2011

Aleph is an opening to a world of Jewish connection, intimate and profound. Your relationship to Holiness to Judaism, to a lifelong practice of Chesed (Loving Kindness) and Tzedakah (Justice) and to Tikkun Olam, (Mending of a Torn World) all will be enhanced through this organization. I have been involved and attended Aleph programs for over 25 years, before they were officially Aleph. Check them out, get involved, you will never regret the encounters.

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every aspect of my life

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have branches in every city of the world where Jewish people are.

March 15, 2011

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March 15, 2011

In 1990 I was locked into a lifelong Conservative experience. Being made aware of, becoming part of and allowing what Renewal had to offer what like my breaking free in my Jewish and spiritual life. I won't miss this Kallah on June 30 at the University of Redlands.

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In many varied and various way.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would find ways to broadcast it throughout the Jewish world to the point where those who are not listening, hear it.

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

I first experienced the Jewish Renewal perspective over a Shabbat weekend with Reb Zalman in the late 1970's. It opened me back up to my Judaism and started me on a journey of spiritual exploration within Judaism that has lead me to being active with Aleph. This is connection with my spiritual roots that run deeper and wider than any other I have experienced. Being at an Aleph gathering truly brings me to a place of joy and learning like no other in contemporary Jewish America.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Confering about my congregation's needs with Aleph leadership; Kallah every other summer; experiencing Renewal rabbis, teachers, and song leaders.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

As a young person who wandered away from Judaism looking for spiritual experience, it was Aleph and Reb Zalman who showed me it was all in Judaism, in deep and real ways. Thus my life changed and led me to the path I currently trod.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personal and spiritual growth

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

so celebratory

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, well trained, passionate, real.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Oy, the people that would benefit by Aleph being able to pay more staff, get the word out and produce more retreats and printed material.

Ways to make it better...

It wasn't so expensive to attend some of the workshops.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Making a deeper connection with the next generation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

Raised in a Socialism Atheistic household in Brooklyn, my Jewish connection was cultural. When my marriage was breaking up and I sought help American Indian spiritual advisor friend Grehalva Grey Wolf told me "you're Jewish. You need to talk to a Rabbi". This sent me on a quest for my authentic Jewish roots. When I found Reb Zalman and Jewish Renewal about 27 years ago it was the beginning of the foundation of "home" in Judiasm. I was welcomed where I was and offered a large and varied plate to explore. While I appreciate wisdom in all Spiritual traditions I know where my roots are and delight in the teachings.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having a solid homebase in Judiasm

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the depth and range of the teachings I've experienced in a Jewish context.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

bright enthusiastic open.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make peace in the Middle East, feed the hungry, bring the Messiah. Maybe it would take 20 mil. :)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

Aleph and all the renewal movement opens my soul. A place to dance, sing, shake and be with nature in a way that no other place can open that soul space for me. The various leaders and Rabbi who have explored subjects that make you sit aat the edge of your seat....

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When I go to retreats and my local community of friends who chat and create in Houston, TX

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach us with their various teachers that travel to local cities and produce more classes and cd of songs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

Finally, an organisation that wants to bring the joy back into Judaism! When I'm in Aleph circles, I feel guilt-free and invited to be creative. There is a deep sense of the love of the Jewish people, the honour of the customs with the openness of outside influence and the re-discovery of internal beauty of our tradition. Praying in Aleph communities can be full of laughter, movement, meditation, soul-sharing or all of the above!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A chance to be un-self-conscious about expressing love for the prayers, for God and for each other

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more funding!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning about the 4 worlds model and how it can affect everything...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Be THE spiritual resource to take us through the next Jewish Paradgim Shift

Ways to make it better...

There were more Aussies and young people!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Bringing in young people and having other congregations see them as an additional benefit and not competition

One thing I'd also say is that...

Aleph is helping me find my neshama and preparing me to spread it to the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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