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In our community gathering, we honor the memory of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z"l, on the day of his Hebrew yahrzeit. His legacy lives on through the ALEPH Ordination Program (AOP). We have gathered to mark his yahrzeit (day of his passing) and remember him together as the friends, family, and students share their memories in tribute to this incredible soul and remember his incredible body of work. Some are shared in this post: starting with his major academic work, Spiritual Intimacy: A Study of Counseling in Hasidism (1991), was based on his doctoral research into the system of spiritual direction practiced in Chabad. As a spiritual counselor himself, he was known for being so fully present to the other that they felt “as if no one else existed to him in that moment.” Reb Zalman was also committed to interfaith deep ecumenism. He explored “spiritual technologies” and sustained friendships with many significant leaders, including Ram Dass, Fr. Matthew Fox, Fr. Thomas Keating, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Br. Thomas Merton, Br. David Steindl-Rast, and Ken Wilbur, among others. Where others saw walls, he saw doors.In 1990, Schachter-Shalomi was among the diverse group of Jewish leaders who traveled together to Dharamsala, India, at the request of the Dalai Lama, to discuss with him how a people can survive in diaspora. That meeting of East and West was chronicled in Rodger Kamenetz’s The Jew in the Lotus, and inspired the flowering of Jewish approaches to meditation.Schachter-Shalomi held academic posts at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg) and Temple University (Philadelphia), and in his later years held the World Wisdom Chair at Naropa University (Boulder). He also served on the faculty of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Omega, and many other major institutions.Reb Zalman’s influence has widened through the work of his lay and rabbinical students. In 1974, he ordained his first rabbi, Daniel Siegel of British Columbia. After numerous private ordinations, he founded ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal’s Ordination Program, which has ordained over 80 rabbis, cantors and rabbinic pastors and provides post-graduate training as a Mashpia Ruchani (Spiritual Director). Renewal-oriented rabbis, cantors and rabbinic pastors from all seminaries now enjoy the benefits of Ohalah, a trans-denominational professional organization incubated at ALEPH.Please visit our website to learn more about #JewishRenewal and our beloved founder #RebZalman #Aleph #alephnews #jewishbooks #literacy ... See MoreSee Less
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Let's lift up our collective and international souls! We've set the cabaret at a time when our chevre in Israel, Germany, and Autstralia can join us. You won't want to miss these voices for peace from abroad on Sunday, July 28 at 4 pm eastern. Registration link in the first comments. Shabbat shalom to our international chevre! בת אלה Bat ella Itzchak Evan-Shayish Hazzan Leah Frey-Rabine George Mordecai ... See MoreSee Less
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Can't think of a better way to honor the memory of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z"l on the day of his Hebrew yahrzeit. His legacy lives on through the ALEPH Ordination Program (AOP). Current students pictured below during Smicha Week at Pearlstone. Was a week of deep learning, holy davening, and spirited rejoicing. ... See MoreSee Less
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ALEPH’s biggest summer fundraiser is going to be an unforgettable evening. Please join us ✨🏵️ Kolot L’Shalom, Voices for Peace: ALEPH Virtual Cabaret- please save the day: Sunday, July 28, 2024 A stellar lineup of performers will lift us up in song, connect with us through words, and bring us all together—beyond our Zoom screens—as one collective soul. Emcee’d by Rabbi Mark Novak and Hazzan Stephanie Weishaar, and produced by Rabbinic Pastor/Cantor Lisa Levine. Benefitting ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish RenewalTime: 4-6pm ET (1-3pm pm PT)Welcome and centering from 3:45–4 pm ET (12:45 – 1pm PT)Cost: Pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $36 or more ✨🔗Please register and share freely: Featuring:Bat EllaMarilyn BronsteinRabbi Itzchak Evan-ShayishHazzan Cindy FreemanHazzan Leah Frey-RabineRabbi Ilan GlazerRabbi Shefa GoldCantor Linda HirschhornHazzan-Maggid Steve KlaperNaomi LessStudent Rabbi Laura LenesHazzan Abbe LyonsRabbi George MordecaiStudent Rabbi Mikey PaukerRabbi Emily Stern & Kol HaLev UnpluggedRabbi Brielle RasslerAkiva and Lisa Wharton ... See MoreSee Less
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