Programs: 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.
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.