Virtual Offerings for Shavuot

About the Program

Just as our ancestors harvested grain during Shavuot, we will come together to harvest and share grains of knowledge and connection with one another, even from a distance.

ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal is thrilled to offer the following programs to celebrate Shavuot. Below you will find classes and rituals to bring us together in learning and celebration.

You'll need to register for each program separately and everything offered for Shavuot is on a Pay-What-You-Can model, so no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. If you are interested in a program that doesn't line up with your schedule you can register and receive a recording of the program after the fact.

Chag Sameach!

Class Descriptions

Escorting the Queen Shechinah: Honoring Malchut she'b'Malchut with Song, Poetry and Art! 
Led by Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael


Pay-what-you-can (Proceeds will support ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and COVID-19 relief)
Program will include havdalah. 

Saturday Evening is a traditional time, to escort Shechinah, the Sabbath Bride, back to the Higher realms. Just as Kabbalat Shabbat welcomes the Divine Presence on Friday Night, so we escort Her out with royal ritual during a M’laveh Malka, a feast in Her honor. In these times we will “feast" together on the offerings of our soul that honor Shechinah through art, poetry, chant, music and more. 

Join Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael, and many other wonderful presenters illuminating the presence of Malchut shel B’Malchut as She takes leave. 

Kohenet Shoshana Bricklin
Kohenet Batya Diamond
Yael Fischman
Ruthie Galziv-Sivan M.D.
Kohenet Dr. D'vorah J. Grenn
Eshet Hazon Shonna Husbands-Hankin
Cantorial Soloist Laura Lenes
RP/Cantor Lisa Levine
Rabbi Shoshana Mitrani-Knapp
Cantorial Soloist Orit Perlman
Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael
Brielle Paige Rassler 
Miki Raver
Hazzan Jessi Roemer
Cantor Aviva Rosenbloom
Rabbi/Cantor Sara Shendelman
Peggy Smith
Lori Wynters

We have raised over $6000 for ALEPH and COVID-19 hunger relief in the past two events. Do a double mitzvah––escort the Queen and help the greater good!

The Bible's First Ever Torah Study
Tamar Kamionkowski
Friday, May 29 | 10 - 11 am EDT

In this session, we will study a chapter from the Book of Nehemiah that describes the world's first Torah study. What did Torah study look like for our ancestors? Can we find common threads with some of today's practices?

Tamar Kamionkowski serves as Professor of Biblical Studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where she has been teaching and learning for 22 years. She is also the founder of the Kamionkowski Bet Midrash, an online site for Jewish learning. Her most recent book publication is a commentary on the Book of Leviticus.

Jews in the Philippines: Stories and Silences
Arielle Korman
Friday, May 29 | 12 - 1 pm EDT

This class will introduce participants to the history of Jews in the Philippines and also examine excerpts of histories currently written on this topic. Many of the sources we look at will be academic, but we will read them closely and creatively in an informal setting! We will look at historical and little-discussed relationships between Jews and Pilipinx people, including Pilipinx Jews! We will also discuss the gaps in research; where is it likely encounters happened between Jews and Filipinos, and why don't we know more about it? Participants will learn a little about this particular history and begin to grasp the depth of what we don't know when it comes to less-discussed Jewish diasporas.

A co-founder of Ammud: the Jews of Color Torah Academy, Arielle Korman is a Jewish educator, performer, and current graduate student in Jewish Studies at Columbia University. She has taught at the National Havurah Institute, Door to Door Tutoring, is a former Fulbright research fellow, and recently was the featured teacher at the Jewish singing retreat “Let My People Sing.” She performs Jewish music with her family and others, and occasionally leads davening at Romemu. She is a member leader at JFREJ (Jews for Racial and Economic Justice) and a member of the organization’s team addressing Anti-Jewish oppression. Arielle is passionate about accessible Jewish education and the creation of spaces for cultural sharing and deepening community.

Reverence and Revelation: Invoking the Priestess Archetypes for Transformation
co-facilitated by Kohenet Rae Abileah, Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife, Kohenet Liviah Baldwin, Kohenet Rakia Sky Beimel, and Rachel Kann (Kohenet student)
Friday, May 29 | 3 - 4 pm EDT

Please join Kohanot, Hebrew Priestesses, as we offer a Shavuot ritual for grounding, inspiration and guidance. Using the Kohenet netivot (priestess archetypes) as a framework for centering and lifting up marginalized voices, we’ll do some learning, offer collective prayers, and ground ourselves through song as we observe Shavuot.

Kohenet Rae Abileah is a social change strategist, author, and troublemaker for collective liberation. She is a trainer and editor at Beautiful Trouble, and is the co-creatrix of the global Climate Ribbon art ritual. She was the co-director of CODEPINK, consulted on digital strategy for social justice at ThoughtWorks, and now runs her own consultancy, CreateWell. Rae is a contributing author to books including Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists. Rae graduated from Barnard College with a dual degree in Environmental Science and Human Rights, and received ordination by the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. She’s based in the Colorado Rockies. 

Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife is a community shepherdess, shlichat tzibbur (prayer leader), lifespiral ceremony officiant, ritual creatrix, liturgist, songstress and public speaker. She is founder and leader of Kesher Pittsburgh and serves as Oreget Kehilah / Executive Director of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. Her work in these realms and beyond is informed by her lived experience as a 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 have returned to Pittsburgh, PA, where they nest when they're not on the road. 

Kohenet Liviah Baldwin is a professor at Northern Virginia Community College, theatre practitioner, challah maven, and composer/arranger of choral music exploring Kohenet melodies and midrash. She resides in Northern Virginia where her activism is focused on labor issues.

Rakia Sky Beimel has an undergraduate degree in criminology and forensic science from South University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. She is also a religious school teacher at Congregation Shir Tikvah and teaches psychology and political science at Wayne County Community College District. As former program coordinator of gardens and food for Hazon Detroit, she helped set up many gardens for local synagogues and designed the Sensory Garden at Tamarack Camps Farber Farm. She’s a doula, urban farmer, “weaver of ritual and keeper of sacred space,” and was recently ordained through the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.  

Rachel Kann’s latest poetry collection is How to Bless the New Moon, from Ben Yehuda Press. She is a poet, performer, ceremonialist and teaching artist. She’s a 2019 WORD: Bruce Geller Memorial Prize recipient, a 2017 Asylum Arts Reciprocity Fellow and the 2017 Outstanding Instructor of the Year at UCLA Extension Writers' Program. She leads Realize Paradise Shabbat Soul Journeys and New Moon Union Rosh Chodesh Circles and is initiated as Tzovah through Kohenet: The Hebrew Priestess Training Program.