Tikshoret Connections

About Tikshoret

ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal is proud to present Tikshoret, an online adult education initiative. We aim to offer adults an opportunity to dive deeply into the spiritual and educational gifts of Jewish Renewal. Tikshoret tuition is intentionally low to welcome a diverse group of learners.

The Hebrew word Tikshoret comes from the root for “deep connection,” and that’s what these classes are designed to be: an opportunity to connect with the riches of our tradition. These exciting classes are taught by teachers and rabbis from across the Jewish Renewal world. Through this highly accessible online platform, we seek to inspire, engage, challenge, and explore the mysteries of the past with an eye towards contemporary spiritual practice and creating personally meaningful Jewish experiences.

We hope that you will join us on this sacred journey! See below for our current classes.

Questions about Tikshoret or the classes, please email tikshoret@aleph.org.

Program Instructors



Upcoming Tikshoret Programs


Ancestral Journeys: End-of-Life Wisdom in Torah and Midrash

Dates: a four-session program on Mondays: July 27, August 3, August 10, and August 17 

Times: 4 – 5:30 pm EDT (1 – 3:30 pm PDT) 

Cost: $25 per class

Instructor: Rabbinic Pastor Simcha Raphael, Ph.D.

Description: A four-part mini course exploring wisdom for dealing with the unique challenges of life and death today. Through study and reflection on the lives of our Biblical ancestors we shall discover helpful guidelines for responding to end-of-life transitions and encounters with the unknown in pandemic times. This course will be presented on Zoom platform, using a display of visual collages to highlight texts of Torah and Midrash we shall study. 

SUGGESTED READING: Simcha Raphael, Living and Dying in Ancient Times - Death, Burial and Mourning in Biblical Tradition, Albion-Andalus Books, 2015

Classes: 
  • Abraham’s Cultural Dislocation and Infertility: From Refugee to Man of Destiny
  • Isaac’s Midlife Transition: The Akedah as a Near-Death Experience
  • Jacob’s Deathbed Finale: Family Drama and Trauma at the End-of-Life
  • Carrying Joseph’s Bones: Sinai Procession As A Funeral Ritual

A Taste of Age-ing to Sage-ing: Re-envisioning Elderhood

Dates: a two-session program on Wednesdays: September 9 and September 16

Times: 12 – 1:30 pm EDT (9 – 10:30 am PDT) 

Cost: Pay-what-you-can 

Instructors: Lucinda Kurtz, M.A. and Oran Hesterman, Ph.D

Description: Join us for this one or two part class that presents a taste of the inspiring teachings of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z"l, from his groundbreaking book, From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older. Feed your soul with this inspiring program for spiritual growth as Sages that empowers us to live our daily lives as sacred journeys, filled with delicious opportunities for joy and renewal. As we move through these challenging and tumultuous times, fortify yourself with nourishing practices that transform what appear as obstacles into new pathways and channels for shefa, holy creative energy. 

Responsible Leadership: Becoming a Caring and Effective Leader

Dates: a two-session program on Thursdays: October 15 and October 22

Time: 7 – 8:30 pm EDT (4 – 5:30 pm PDT) 

Cost: Pay-what-you-can 

Instructor: Rabbi Debra Smith

Description: In these challenging times, we are faced with leaders and public figures that exhibit and employ a wide range of leadership styles. Some resonate with us while others are clearly not to our preference or are downright uncomfortable. 

While leaders and leadership styles vary greatly, certain principles should be followed by all leaders. Key among these is Responsibility (achrayut). How does a leader interact with others in a caring manner, and how does a leader anticipate and understand the effects of his/her actions? An effective leader should embrace both qualities of responsibility: care for others and an understanding of the impact of his/her actions. 

Through Jewish text study we will explore and discuss several aspects of the concept of Responsible leadership. We will also specifically highlight female leadership. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary. Course material will utilize the Chai Mitzvah Mussar curriculum on Responsibility/Achrayut developed by Rabbi Pamela Wax.