ALEPH-ALLIANCE FOR JEWISH RENEWAL

Rating: 4.85 stars   20 reviews

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Location: 7318 Germantown Ave Philadelphia PA 19119 USA

Mission: Religious teaching and fellowship
Geographic areas served: International
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

every aspect of my life

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

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

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8 people found this review helpful

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.

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

My return to Judaism with P'nai Yisrael, Charlottesville VA. growth as a services leader in P'nai Or in Philadelphia PA. My participation in Congregation Eitz Or, participation in Elat Hayyim retreats since 1996. Career as a Chaplain and Rabbinic Pastor

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

Joyour, committed, deeply connected to the Source of All Being, and looking for new ways to follow in the path of the Holy One.

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

dramatically expand it's access to, and availability within world wide Jewish communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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17 people found this review helpful

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.

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

the worship services that graduates and students lead, the incredible courses taught in the seminary, the intimacy of the sharing that takes place during gatherings, the quality of the clergy they ordain and the affirmation I have received by being a part of ALEPH

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

hire the people that are running it now to run for me. I would try to concentrate on additional fund raising.

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

being with other members at the annual conference and studying with them in week-long retreats. Both have given me a sense of community that is enriching and spiritually and socially nourishing.

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

extraordinary individuals. I feel privileged to associate with them and consider many of them my friends.

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

train more clergy, educate more people, put on bigger and better events, and do even more wonderful things for the Jewish world.

Ways to make it better...

we could get together more frequently and weren't so geographically separated for the most part.

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

the challenges that often face pioneers - the issue of being first, of being marginalized at times as a result of one's newness and creativity, and the resistance to innovation that characterizes much of Judaism. Of course, in early 2009, the recession is an additional challenge for this as all nonprofits.

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

if you are interested in a vibrant, committed Judaism, ALEPH is absolutely worth your support.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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10 people found this review helpful

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

the quality of Jewish professionals which it trains,and in the workshops, conferences, and opportunites for learning that it provides.

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

go find 5 million dollars

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

the people; the mission statement; the committment to the many faces of Gd, as the paradigm of Judaism shifts into this 21st century.

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

outstanding

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

anything it wanted to! it could pay its staff a better wage; it could spread its methodologies of renewing Judaism to more people, organizations, and places.

Ways to make it better...

we could have gotten together more often.

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

money

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

Aleph has given me the channel; it's up to me to keep the frequency tuned up!

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

self

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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18 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Seeding new practices that create an inclusive, welcoming approach to all.

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

The times I am moved to tears or ecstasy in prayer services.

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

Consistently kind and thoughtful

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

Change the face of Judaism and change the world

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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