Reb Zalman’s Ladder



This past summer at Kallah we launched a new sustainability campaign we’re calling Reb Zalman’s Ladder. This campaign serves the holy purpose of sustaining the legacy of our beloved Reb Zalman z”l and carrying forward the work of renewing Judaism in our day through the innovative programs of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.


We offer our deepest gratitude to those who have already begun climbing Reb Zalman’s ladder. At Kallah we raised well over $100,000 -- what an amazing beginning to our collective ascent! We are writing now to ask each of you to join us in climbing Reb Zalman’s Ladder.




  1. Reb Zalman z"l SoulVenture family camp for 2017. $25,000 would enable us to get this program off the ground and bring Jewish Renewal to families and young people.
  2. Connecting the Generations. $2,000 would enable us to bring one young person and one of our vatikim (honored elders) to our Summer 2017 programs, for participation and mentoring. More than one person can make this donation. 
  3. West Coast Presence  ALEPH’s existing office is in Philadelphia, which leaves people west of there feeling frequently disconnected. $10,000 would help us to provide more in-person support to Jewish Renewal communities and coordinating the renewal of Judaism across the western half of the United States and Canada.
  4. Jewish Renewal in Spanish. $5,000 would enable us to pay a translator to begin translating Reb Zalman’s work into Spanish as we bring Jewish Renewal to Spanish speaking communities and the Global South.
  5. Travel Fund to Support Communities. $10,000 would enable our E.D. and staff to visit and support ALEPH communities around the continent. $20,000 would enable our E.D. and staff to expand that support to communities in Europe and Israel.


Chai donors ($18,000) help us to keep Reb Zalman’s legacy alive.

Sefirot donors ($10,000) help us to expand the reach of Renewal through all emanations.

Five Books of Torah donors ($5,000) help us to support ALEPH’s educational programs.

HaBonim donors ($3,600) help us to build toward the next turning of Jewish Renewal.

Nefesh donors ($1,800) help us to sustain the work of ALEPH that impacts so many lives.



Of course, we welcome donations of any size. If you’re not able to donate at these levels, we are grateful for whatever you’re able to give.


Donating before the new year primes the pump of shefa (abundance) and bracha (blessing) for the year to come. Please join us on Reb Zalman’s ladder, and help us to keep Reb Zalman’s legacy alive and perennially renewed. 


5776 was an extraordinary year at ALEPH for a lot of reasons -- most especially the 2016 ALEPH Kallah. Here’s what one participant had to say after coming home from Kallah:


"My heart and spirit will always hold onto the endless learning and priceless deeply spiritual experiences I had at Kallah!  It left me with a deep sense of spirituality---grounding and simultaneously uplifting. It was like a dream, and could not have been possible without your incredibly kind mitzvah - I received enough financial aid to be able to attend.  I will ensure that the experiences gained will impact thousands of others---as I impart what I learned within the communities with which I work. With a heart FULL of Gratitude!” -- LL


Wishing you blessings in the journey toward 5777,


Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin

Executive Director, ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal