ALEPH Ordination Program Smicha Week 5784/2024


Smicha Week is open to current students in the ALEPH Ordination Program and candidates whose application is in process. Students enrolled in one of our smicha/ordination programs and/or the Hashpa’ah Program are welcome to register for Smicha Week. If you are a candidate for our Rabbinic, Rabbinic Pastor, or Cantorial Programs, once you are admitted as a student you will be able to register for Smicha Week. Please contact the AOP office ( if you have any questions.

  • Thoughtfully read all the information below.
  • BEFORE registering, you MUST decide whether you’re going to pay the retreat fee in full, or make a partial payment.
    • If you choose to make a partial payment, a 10% deposit is required. Installment options are available. The remaining balance will be due on June 1.
    • FINANCIAL AID APPLICANTS (AOP students only): When registering, please select the partial payment option which is located directly beneath the registration options. Please also fill out the “Financial Aid Application” section.

Questions regarding registration and payments should be directed to the AOP Administrator, Ruth Alcabes at
Questions regarding program and lodging should be directed to Events and Retreats Manager, Stephanie Buncher at


  • Registrations must be received by 11:59 pm ET on May 23, 2024. We will be unable to accept registrations after this date.
  • If you do not pay in full at the time of registration, remaining balance will be due by May 27, 2024, and will be automatically charged to the card on file on that date. If you require an alternate payment plan, plans must be arranged with the AOP Administrator, Ruth Alcabes at
  • Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be received in writing to AOP Administrator, Ruth at Cancellations received until May 22, 2024 may receive a full refund (less $60 registration fee per person.) Cancellations received on or after May 23, 2024 will NOT be eligible to receive a refund from ALEPH.
  • Purchase Protection: ALEPH strongly recommends opting into Purchase Protection (located at the bottom of the registration form) in order to receive a refund in case of emergency. Purchase Protection MUST be opted into at the time of registration and CANNOT be added after registration has been completed.