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.
As an Aleph ordained Rabbinic Pastor (Shlicha D'Rabbanan) it is clear to me that my life would have taken a far, far drearier path had it not been for Aleph. Aleph provides for and supports the growth and existence of perhaps the most vibrant and alive genuine alternative to American denominational spiritual Judaism.
ALEPH is a wonderful force for helping people discover joy, spirituality, wholeness and depth in Judaism. ALEPH has helped me to connect much more deeply as a Jew. The professors that I studied with in the seminary were inspiring. My experience of the annual conferences we have in Boulder CO are some of the most wonderful experiences I have in my life. I believe ALEPH brings astounding people and astounding energy to the practice of Judaism today. I will be going to Israel on an ALEPH-sponsored trip at the end of March and can't wait to share Israel with the people that will be going with us.
The Aleph Rabbinical Seminary has enabled me to become a Rabbi. I have never met a more committed group of people, who have one foot squarely in the many linages of tradition and the other pushing at the edges of possibility. Our virtual campus allows students from all over the globe to come together in study; both the teachers and the students are highly motivated, and they bring to the that study a high level of energy and eagerness for the learning. While we all share the same foundational coursework, each one of us becomes a different kind of Rabbi. In my opinion, and as I compare my training with students in other rabbinic seminaries, this facet of the Aleph Seminary surpasses the other rabbincal programs. I am so blessed.
I first encountered the impact of Aleph in my local spiritual growth chavura. The leaders of that group would come back from Kallah, the Aleph summer gathering with so much renewed energy and ideas, teachings and insights to share with the rest of us. But, I truly did not understand the organization until I applied to its rabbinic program. The whole thoughtful way the application process is conducted, with students required to come meet the community of teachers and students, the way that collegiality is encouraged and the deep, deep commitment to social justice and peace in a spiritually fulfilling, gentle fashion,have made me continually thrilled to be a part of this Jewish renewal organization. The teachers are rigorous and encouraging at the same time. The Kallah, which is open to all has an amazing array of choices of classes and services. I attended a workshop on Praise that opened up my heart in new ways. I learned about Sephardic prayer customs in a Saturday morning service. And I met people who ere as serious and as joyful about the study and practice of Judaism as I am.