Renewing Our Collective Soul: A Virtual Program For Our Times

About the Program

In these times of physical distancing, it's hard to feel connected to our innermost selves. Many of us are doing the best that we can just to stay afloat, that we haven't had the chance to touch base with our souls.

Even though we can't gather in person at this time, ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal invites you to (virtually) join us for Renewing Our Collective Soul: A Virtual Program For Our Times. 

Teachers and leaders from all over the globe will host sessions on meditation, embodied movement, spiritual direction, and so much more––gently guiding us to spaces where we can connect with our deepest selves. 

All programs are pay-what-you-wish. All donations will directly support the work of ALEPH and Jewish Renewal programming, and we are thankful for any amount you can donate. If you're unable to make a donation at this time, that's okay too. We welcome you.

New offerings will continue to be added, so be sure to check back here often. 


Session Overview

Upcoming Programs
  • Core Strengthening for Your Sephirot: Cultivating Stability and Joy Irrespective of Circumstance (Rachael Resch)
  • Silence is Praise: Metivta-Style Morning Meditation Service (Rabbi Anne Brener)
  • Spiritual Practices for Challenging Times - Part Four (Rabbi Debra Smith)
  • The World is Changing and We Are Changing, Too: An Intergenerational Conversation for This Moment (Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife and Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder)
  • Yoga Shalom at Home (Rabbinic Pastor/Cantor Lisa Levine)

Past Programs
  • Awakening Inner Freedom Through Integral Kabbalah Meditation (Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks) 
  • Coming Home: The Season of Teshuvah | Preparing for the New Year (Rabbi Debra Smith)
  • Embodying Your Jewish Practice (Rabbi Diane Elliot)
  • Heartfulness for (This and) All Times: An Introduction to Jewish Contemplative Practice (Rabbi Jeff Roth)
  • Here Comes the Sun! A Solstice Celebration to Stay in the Mystical Light of Hope (Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael and friends)
  • Inviting in the Sweetness: A Rosh Hashanah Zoom Gala Gala (Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael and friends)
  • Love at the Center (Rabbi Shefa Gold and friends)
  • Spiritual Practices for Challenging Times - Part One (Rabbi Debra Smith)
  • Spiritual Practices for Challenging Times - Part Two (Rabbi Debra Smith)
  • Spiritual Practices for Challenging Times - Part Three (Rabbi Debra Smith)
  • Sukkat ShaZoom (Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael and friends)
  • Tales and Teachings of Reb Zalman (Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael and friends)
  • Virtual Concert Series - An Evening of Social Justice and Praise Featuring Nefesh Mountain and Hazzan Jessi Roemer 
  • Virtual Concert Series - Erev Shel Kochavim: An Evening of Stars | ALEPH Virtual Cabaret
  • Virtual Concert Series - Rosh Chodesh Elul | Evening of Kirtan Chant Featuring the Kirtan Rabbi and friends
  • Virtual Concert Series - Sing a New Song Psalms Showcase Featuring Cantor Linda Hirschhorn, Rabbi David Shneyer, and friends
  • The World is Changing and We Are Changing, Too: An Intergenerational Conversation for This Moment (Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife and Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder)
  • Zoom Gala Gala: The Art of the Omer Journey | Celebrate Lag B’Omer with a Bonfire of Joyous Expression (Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael and friends)


Session Descriptions


Spiritual Practices for Challenging Times - Part Four
 
Dates: Tuesdays: October 20 and October 27
Time: 7 - 8:15 pm EDT (4 - 5:15 pm PDT)
Cost: Pay-what-you-can 

Description: This two session series builds off of the previous program series offered in Spring and Summer 2020. But the previous courses are NOT required in order to sign up for this one. All courses can be taken as standalone programs. This new series will focus on two new spiritual practices for these challenging times. 

Session 1: Silence (Shtika) - The spiritual practice of shtika teaches us to be silent before we speak. We will consider how the importance of our words affects others. How can we engage in the spiritual practice of silence and of controlling our speech in order to expand our souls? A variety of texts will be studied and discussed to help us wrestle with these tough questions. 

Session 2: Righteousness (Tzedek) - The broad meaning of tzedek is justice or doing right by the other person. How do we come to understand the concept of tzedek as an obligation and not as an act of free choice? We will discuss a number of meaningful and relevant texts about tzedek as we explore this challenging topic.


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Yoga Shalom at Home
 
Dates: Mondays: November 2, November 9, November 16, and November 23
Time: 11 - 11:45 am EST (8 - 8:45 am PST)
Cost: Pay-what-you-can 

Description: Open your heart, quiet your mind, and restore your spirit. Yoga Shalom at Home is the ancient practice of yoga through a Jewish lens. Designed for ALL levels of yoga experience, Reb Lisa will guide four - 45 minute practices exploring many pathways and limbs of Yoga including Mudras, Pranayama, Bandas, Chant, Asana and Savasana. These will be layered with Sefirot Tree of Life & Chakra energy work, four worlds/four element embodiment, and music with sacred chant. Each class is unique and profoundly healing. Bring your mat, blanket, bolsters, chair and dress comfortably. Join for one or all sessions!


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The World is Changing and We Are Changing, Too: An Intergenerational Conversation for This Moment
 
Dates: Sundays: November 29, December 20, and January 3
Time: 7 - 8:15 pm EST (4 - 5:15 pm PST)
Cost: Pay-what-you-can 
Led by: Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife and Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder

Description: Following a series of conversations which were engaging, thought-provoking and spirited, we are excited to announce the continuation of our intergenerational conversations. During this era of physical distancing, we invite you to join us as we explore some of the big questions that are arising during this time. Our intention is to create opportunities to draw on each person's wisdom and to share responses from voices across the generations. 

This session is for anyone who is drawn to the alchemy of elders and youngers together - addressing the here and now - with all of its joy and grief. In breakout groups, we will create space for structured sharing on relevant topics as they emerge. 

A sampling of topics which we addressed in the first three sessions included loneliness and isolation, adjusting to the new normal, making the most of the High Holiday in quarantine and guilt-free spaciousness. All sessions can stand alone, or be taken together.

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Silence is Praise: Metivta-Style Morning Meditation Service 
Date and Time: Every Wednesday, 11:30 am EST (8:30 am PST) 
Cost: Pay-what-you-can 
Presenter: Rabbi Anne Brener and Cantorial Student Elizabeth Baseman

Description: Overwhelmed with stress from social distancing, quarantine, and COVID-19? Join Rabbi Anne Brener and AJRCA Student Cantor Elizabeth Baseman for a chanting and meditation service, using the structure of the morning service, to calm our bodies and connect our souls. There will be time for some check-in afterward. 


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Core Strengthening for Your Sephirot: Cultivating Stability and Joy Irrespective of Circumstance - POSTPONED
 
Dates: POSTPONED - TBD
Time: POSTPONED - TBD
Cost: Pay-what-you-can 

Description: 

Is it possible to sustain Joy during this time of climate change, pandemic and cultural upheaval? Using simple movement, music and poetry, we will blend somatic and spiritual inquiry in this fun, interactive class. The classes include gentle Nia movement, Feldenkrais, sacred anatomy, and physical and spiritual core strengthening in order to enliven each of the divine energies of the sephirot in our Kabbalah Tree of Life bodies. 

You’ll come away with simple embodiment practices you can do on your own. This three-class series is based on Rachael’s forthcoming book about embodying the sephirot throughout the week. All ages and physical abilities are welcome. No previous movement background is needed.   

Bring: 
  • Your bare feet (if that’s comfortable for you)
  • Comfortable movement clothing
  • A movement space of at least 10 square feet
  • Optional: Yoga mat, knee pads, blanket, pillow


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Virtual Concert Series

We are thrilled to announce our brand new concert series for Renewing Our Collective Soul! Each musical program is designed to center and connect us with one another. Each program is pay-what-you-can. Read about each of the programs in detail on our concert series page.

Thursday, August 20th | 7:30 pm EDT

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Our Session Leaders

We are thankful for so many incredible leaders who are stepping up to provide space for us to virtually connect. Our leaders are sure to excite, grow, and inspire you––learn more about them below!



FAQ

When is this event taking place?
This program will be taking place from now through early summer. Like you, we are physically distancing and staying at home, and having minimal contact with others. Although we don't know how long these guidelines will be in effect, we want to provide offerings throughout the duration of that time.


Where is this event taking place?
This event is entirely virtual! You can participate from anywhere in the world. You can even be in your pajamas (we won't tell!)


Do I need an internet connection to participate?
An internet or phone connection is required to be able to participate. We encourage having some sort of camera so that your face can be seen, but a phone will work just fine if needed.


What if I have never done video conferencing before?
That's okay! After you register, you will be given detailed instructions on how to get set up so that you will be able to fully participate in as many sessions as you wish.


How long is each session? How often do they meet?
Session lengths vary based on the program. Refer to the detailed session descriptions above to learn more.