Ordination Program Public Courses - Spring 2019


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The ALEPH Ordination Program (AOP) opens a selected number of courses every semester to the general public. Here's a great opportunity to study with our core faculty and alongside students on the ordination path.

You don't have to be an AOP student - or a student in another seminary - to enroll in these courses. However, AOP students have priority of enrollment. If a course is over-subscribed, we will place you on the wait list and try to confirm your registration as soon as possible.

Each course has 13 weekly meetings - starting in early February and ending in late May - and is conducted with online distance-learning technology (required: highspeed internet, webcam, and microphone).

Course Fee:
  • $566.50 if you're NOT taking it for AOP credit ($550 + 3% T'rumah Financial Aid Fund fee)
  • $1,030 if you're an active or potential applicant taking it for future credit ($1,000 + 3% T'rumah Financial Aid Fund fee)

​​No payment is due now. You will be invoiced when fee is due around the start of the semester.

If you would like to register for any of our Public Courses, please fill out the form immediately following the Course Descriptions below. For each course, please indicate whether you would like to take it for AOP credit or not.

If you have any questions, please contact Ming at the AOP office: 215-247-9700 x210, Mon to Fri, 2 to 5 pm (eastern).

If you need to CANCEL your registration, please do so in writing by emailing Ming (ming at aleph.org).

Registration for Spring 2019 courses is now CLOSED.

Course Descriptions

Theology and Philosophy
Introduction to Jewish Renewal and Reb Zalman's Thought Registration Closed
Thursdays 7:30 to 9:30 pm (eastern)
Starting on February 7 (subject to change)
AOP credit available for Rabbinic Pastor, Cantorial, and Hashpa'ah Programs
prerequisite foundational course for Rabbinic Program
Crucial to a full understanding of Jewish Renewal is knowledge of the history and development of the movement, its structures, its leaders and their thought, including the principles and development of Paradigm Shift, Integral Halachah, and Davvenology. We will explore the teachings of rabbis and teachers who embraced Reb Zalman's thought as well as his invitation to renew Judaism with their own unique gifts.
Midrash from a Renewal Perspective: Contemporary PaRDeSRegistration Closed
Wednesdays 10 am to 12 pm (eastern)
Starting on February 6 (subject to change)
AOP credit available for Rabbinic, Rabbinic Pastor, and Cantorial Programs
This course will offer a deep engagement with Torah text using the diverse tools of old and new midrash aggadah. Together we will mine the Torah itself, first holistically – activating our own integrated selves as midrashists – and then turning to ancient rabbinic aggadah as well as contemporary forms such as poetry, prose and music. This Jewish Renewal perspective will open gates to new ways (feminist, masculinist, queer, environmentalist, etc.) of approaching Torah text. NOTE: Basic comprehension of Midrash Rabbah level Hebrew is desirable as each student will be expected to read aloud, translate and facilitate discussion of a Hebrew text.