My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Aleph-Alliance for Jewish Renewal, Philadelphia, PA, USA
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."
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.
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.