Aleph-Alliance for Jewish Renewal

Rating: 4.85 stars   20 reviews


7318 Germantown Ave Philadelphia PA 19119 USA


Religious teaching and fellowship

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The aleph kallah is a biennial week-long international gathering of the jewish renewal movement. Since 1985, the kallah has brought together thousands of jewish renewal seekers, artists, activists and teachers for a biennial week-long international gathering. The 2013 kallah took place in rindge nh was attended by 615 people from all over the world, many of these first-timers.

ruach haaretzruach haaretz, the aleph spiritual retreat program served over 300 people including students taking certification programs through other aleph programs such as c-deep's kol zimra l training for chant leaders, the aleph sage-ing program for elders, caretakers and professionals, a jewish meditation retreat and advanced studies for ordination students. It also ran spiritual retreats open to the general public.

aleph ordination programaleph ordination programs offer professional, post-graduate training leading to ordination for rabbis, cantors, chaplains. The program currently has an enrollment of 50 rabbinic students, 15 cantorial students, and 10 rabbinic students. Since 1996, over 100 musmachim (rabbis, hazzanut, and rabbinic pastors) have graduated from the program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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every aspect of my life.

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give it a million dollars.

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13 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with Aleph for 20 years as a volunteer, student, and teacher. I am a rabbi ordained by a more main stream seminary, but I have identified for a long time with Jewish Renewal. Aleph has enriched by personal, spiritual, and professional life. I have attended 8 Kallot and every conference of OHALAH, the organization of Renewal rabbis, as well as local groups. I have organized several email discussion groups with and for Aleph.

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the spiritual growth in my life, my spouse's life, and many other people.

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The opportunity to grow and support and teach each other.

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

always open and concerned and supportive, as well as very creative.

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

do more valuable work with more staff, and not spend so much time fund raising.

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About every week

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I had already been working as a cantorial soloist for several years before I entered the cantorial program through the Alliance for Jewish Rnewal (Aleph). Aleph has changed my life profoundly--as it is surely changing the practice of Judaism profoundly across all the Jewish denominations. Friday Night Live, Blue tzitzit, colorful tallitot, Jewish meditation, "Torah yoga", use of drums, dancing, and niggunim-chanting during services...all these things and more have trickled out into all the liberal movements, and they all began with Aleph, under the revolutionary and inspiring teachings of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Rabbi Marcia Prager and many more visionary teachers. Unlike the other big movements, however, Aleph does not have a well-endowed infrastucture, and so is always in need of funding. It is essential to the future vitality of the practice of liberal Judaism (and perhaps even Orthodox Judaism, as they are not above borrowing from us too, if it works!) that Aleph receive the funds that they need to keep producing this stream of "living waters" that will renew Judaism as a spiritual and ritual practice!

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creating vibrant and deeply meaningful Jewish ritual experiences.

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Aleph had more money to make scholarships available to more people so that they could take advantage of the many workshops and training programs they offer on several-day or wk-long retreats. I would like to learn more, but I can't afford it!

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