ALEPH Network Communities Council

About the ALEPH Network Communities Council

The ALEPH Network Communities Council, launched in 2017, is made up of representatives from across the ALEPH Network. The group will be moderated by SooJi Min-Maranda from ALEPH to provide information about how ALEPH can be of further help to communities, how communities can support each other, and how we can together advance the work of Renewal.  The Council will serve as a conduit for information flow and among between Network members, and also as a mechanism for supporting ALEPH as the institution beneath whose ethics jurisdiction all Network members are covered.

What Kinds of Things Will the Communities Council Work On?

Our hope is that this group will do a variety of different things, including:
  • Exploring what Network members need most from the Network and from ALEPH;

  • Discerning what Network members can give to one another, and what kinds of resources, programs, and ideas Network members can share;

  • Creating good conduits for information flow between and among Network members, figuring out how best to tap wisdom across the Network and how best to keep the whole Network informed of what the Council is doing and thinking;

  • Connecting ALEPH Network members with existing resources within ALEPH -- resources relating to community ritual and davenen (prayer), music / song / chant, personal spiritual practices, liturgies for unique circumstances, practices both traditional and new, and educational resources for a variety of age groups;

  • Developing and sharing new resources in areas such as congregational consulting, interim clergy support, best practices for clergy contracts, working with boards, etc.

  • Supporting ALEPH as the institution beneath whose ethics jurisdiction all Network members are covered.


These are our initial thoughts -- which we offer with full awareness that as the group coalesces and discerns needs and opportunities, other things are likely to arise. This will be a “bottom-up” enterprise, not a “top-down” one.


Who Makes Up the Communities Council?

The Council will consist of between 12 and 20 people. In the Council’s first year, members will be appointed. Starting in year two, we intend to establish an election mechanism by which willing volunteers can be nominated to serve on the Council, and when there are more nominees than there are open Council seats, we’ll use online technology to hold a community-wide election for the Council seats.