Musmachimot 2023

The ALEPH Ordination Program proudly presents the graduating class of 2023.

Smicha/Ordination Ceremony

Sunday, January 8 • 3 pm Mountain Time

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Smicha Statement

The first person to recognize my rabbinic potential was my Israeli 2nd-grade teacher. She chose me to play the rabbi in the ceremony of receiving our first copy of the Torah. MORE…

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My life took a sudden turn about ten years ago when I began to understand Judaism on a spiritual level, as a path to healing for myself and others. MORE…

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Music is a way of connecting with people and singing prayers can uplift and touch our souls, helping us feel connected to God. Serving as a Hazzan seemed like a natural progression for the next chapter in my life. MORE…

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The Spiritual has always been an important part of my life. My journey has led me to explore the “spiritual vitamins” of other faith traditions, as Reb Zalman called them, even as my own tradition has become the compass of my soul. MORE…

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Every Rosh Hashanah, I remember the music was beautiful, but I had no idea what it was all about. So when I was in fourth grade I sat my dad down and made him teach me the Hebrew alphabet. Thus began a lifelong quest for Jewish learning. MORE…

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I was a spiritual seeker for as long as I can remember. My curiosity led me to explore a number of different faiths and spiritual practices during my younger years, before I met my husband and started my journey home to my very own faith, Judaism. MORE…

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I wanted to continue my work with Hillel and with cancer and grief care, but I was also seeking something deeper in ALEPH. I strove to learn from educators who inspired me to bring my whole self to Judaism, challenging me to explore different dimensions of practice. MORE…

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My greatest heart’s desire is to help people turn to God and their hearts within spiritual community and recognize that we are all vessels of love, interconnected and held in an infinitely expansive sukkah of peace and wholeness. MORE…

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It is my experience that everything has been to a purpose in my life to this point, that everything has worked out for me to be here today and committed to this holy and humbling calling. MORE…

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Judaism that integrated spirituality, social justice, psychological depth, and intellectual challenge – one day I said to a friend, “If I had been exposed to this form of Judaism years ago, I would have been a rabbi!” MORE…