Kesher Fellowship

Applications now open!

Are you a young, progressive, Jewish adult looking to explore learning opportunities, deepen your spiritual connection and receive mentorship with a cohort of like-minded and like-hearted people? 

ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal is pleased to announce the launch of the fourth cohort  of Kesher, a program of transformational learning and mentoring for folx ages 22-39. The ALEPH Kesher Fellowship provides opportunities for Young Adults to learn about Jewish Renewal philosophy, engage in spiritual practice, develop a mentorship relationship and create community as part of a cohort while empowering and inspiring the next generation of ALEPH participants, teachers, and leaders. 

Candidate Criteria

Ideal candidates for the Kesher Fellowship will meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership in Jewish context
  • Position of influence within organizational or volunteer network
  • Work requiring collaboration with others
  • Religious, cultural or other Jewish identity that informs self
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal/spiritual growth
  • Desire to be a part of group learning and intentional network

2022 Fellowship Dates

Dates of Fellowship: January – August 2022

Opening Virtual Retreat: Jan 7-9, 2022

Applications Close: October 22, 2021

Information Session: October 3, 2021

ZOOM Registration for Info Session

About the Kesher Fellowship

The fellowship includes:

  • Opportunities to learn in an intimate virtual setting with ALEPH faculty and teachers during monthly virtual webinars on a wide range of topics including embodied practice, text-based learning, ritual and leadership development.
  • Community building through monthly cohort check-ins which allow for shared exploration, reflection and connection
  • One-on-one harvesting, processing and peer learning through chevruta pairings
  • Mentoring, spiritual direction, and guidance from a teacher connected to ALEPH
  • Access to a dedicated listserv and Facebook group for multi-modal communication and connection
  • Ongoing connection to the Kesher Alumni Network and the greater ALEPH community
  • An invitation to helping expand and grow ALEPH’s impact and influence with the next generation by staying connected through the ALEPH Kesher Alumni Network and other leadership opportunities

The 2022 ALEPH Kesher Fellowship begins with a virtual Shabbaton gathering on January 7-9, 2022, designed to build connection, deepen learning, engage in meaningful prayer, and get to know one another as a cohort. 

Participation Cost

Cost to participate is on a sliding scale of $360-$540. Travel subsidies are available for a possible in-person gathering in the summer of 2022. 

ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal recognizes this may represent a significant financial burden. We encourage all who are interested in the Kesher Fellowship to apply regardless of ability to pay program costs. 

ALEPH is dedicated to ensuring our programming is available to those who seek it regardless of economic status and is willing to work on a case-by-case basis to ensure that accepted applicants will be able to access the fullness of the program.

Need for financial support will not affect the application review process. Several demographic questions are asked in the application. These questions are not mandatory and will not be a determining factor in acceptance. We are seeking to build a diverse cohort that draws on a variety of life experiences and to have a better sense of who our programs are reaching. 

ALEPH highly values diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. Black Jews, Jews of color, Indigenous Jews, Sephardim and Mizrahim as well as people who experience gender opression, Disabled people, and LGBTQIA+ and/or Queer Jews are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Applicant Information Session

If you’d like to learn more about the fellowship as well as get to know some Kesher alumni/ae/x, the director and coordinator, register for the October 3 ZOOM info session here.

Applications are due by October 22, 2021. Applicants will be notified by mid-November.

The Kesher Fellowship is made possible thanks to a grant from the Lasko Family Foundation. It is directed by Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife. Keshira welcomes your questions! Feel free to be in touch at kesherhelp@gmail.com.

Keshira haLev Fife is a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess), community shepherdess, shlichat tzibbur, life spiral ceremony officiant, ritual creatrix, liturgist, songstress, public speaker and writer. She is founder and Kohenet of Kesher Pittsburgh and serves Oreget Kehila (Executive Director) of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. Her work in these realms and beyond is deeply informed by her lived experience as a JWoC (Jewish Woman of Colour) and the quandries she encounters as a scholar of the Orphan Wisdom School. After living in Sydney, Australia, for 13 years, she and her beloved recently returned to Pittsburgh, PA, where they nest when they’re not on the road. www.keshirahalev.com