ALEPH Ordination Program Intensive Study Week – aka "Smicha Week"

Sunday June 30 to Sunday July 7, 2019

Stony Point Center in Stony Point, New York

  • An amazing opportunity to spend an intensive, spiritually uplifting, intellectually stimulating week of learning with your fellow students in all the ALEPH ordination programs!
  • Study with members of the VA'AD and special guest teachers. Meet informally with your teachers and directors of studies.
  • Surround yourself with constant hevruta, in small classes and informal groups throughout the week. Earn 2 units of credit for full participation in the week's learning.
  • Soar with daily student-led davvenen'! Sign up to lead or co-lead, and to receive feedback on new approaches from ALEPH teachers.
NOTE: Smicha Week is open to current students in the ALEPH Ordination Program (AOP) and candidates whose application is in process. AOP students attend Smicha Week as part of their curriculum requirements. If you are a candidate for one of our smicha/ordination programs, a letter of invitation from Rabbi Marcia Prager, Rabbinic Pastor Shulamit Fagan or Hazzan Jack Kessler is a prerequisite for registering for Smicha Week.
ALEPH musmachim and OHALAH members are welcome to join us at Smicha Week at a discounted rate. If you would like to register, please call Ming at (215) 247-9700 x210.

CLICK HERE for the PDF that contains detailed information about Smicha Week, 

including lodging options, costs, financial aid, classes, as well as links to registration forms.


IMPORTANT: Please read the PDF info document carefully and 

thoroughly BEFORE you proceed to registering for Smicha Week.

A few of the classes include a Hebrew learning component and require pre-Smicha Week preparation.
Back by popular demand, Mishpacha Groups will meet 3 times during the week, allowing for deepening relationships among students and an opportunity to explore how your Smicha Week experience is impacting you.
Smicha Week is a place for experimentation. We invite you to use the daily davennen' leadership as a spiritual laboratory. Lead from your growing edge. How are you called to guide a community in the davennen' experience? We are asking you to think in terms of different modalities and approaches. Make the best use of this laboratory.
Beit Midrash will be scheduled daily to facilitate learning. 
Rabbi Diane Elliot - a spiritual teacher, ritual leader, dancer, writer, and somatic therapist who inspires her students to become clearer channels for Presence through movement practices, chant, and nuanced interpretations of Jewish sacred text - will join us before Shabbat to bring her unique teachings and experience to the entire community at Smicha Week.
Hankus Netsky - multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist who is co-chair of the New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department and founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band - will teach a class on Hassidic Nigunim.