Tikshoret Connections

ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal is proud to present Tikshoret, a new 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 will be 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!

Questions about Tikshoret or the classes, please email tikshoret@aleph.org or call (215) 247-9700 x30.


Upcoming Tikshoret Programs:

Class Name:  Rosh Chodesh/New Moon Circle
Teacher: Kohenet D’vorah J. Grenn, Ph.D.

Dates: Monday, August 21, 2017

Time: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm EST, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PST

Cost: $25

Course Description:

ROSH CHODESH ELUL - This New Moon holds the energy of Return, as Elul signifies a time of teshuvah, returning to inner stillness in order to reflect on our lives, and our actions of the past year.

We will explore the practice of deep, compassionate introspection, so that we can move into a less judgmental "spiritual accounting” of our lives during the High Holy Days.

REGISTER ONLINERosh Chodesh Circle
(Tikshoret - AUGUST 21, 2017)

Upcoming Rosh Chodesh/New Moon Circle Classes


Rosh Chodesh Circle (Tikshoret - SEPTEMBER 18, 2017)


Rosh Chodesh Circle (Tikshoret - OCTOBER 18, 2017)




Class Name: Honoring Our Fore/mothers, Ourselves Through Spiritual Autobiography
Teacher: Kohenet D’vorah J. Grenn, Ph.D.

Date: Sunday, August 20, 27, September 3 and 10
Time: 1:00-2:15 pm EST, 10-11:15 am PST

Cost: $125

Course Description:
Spiritual Autobiography focuses on the role of story as self-reflective journey that can bring healing, inspiration and deeper connection to ancestors. It is a valuable way to enter Elul, that special time of introspection. We will share our stories, and in so doing explore women’s psychological/spiritual development as exemplified by our own lives. We will do the sacred work of witnessing each other as we discuss our spiritual lineages, our childhood and adult experiences of the sacred and the ongoing search for identity. We will reflect on the relationship between our own and others’ points of view and experiences, allowing us the opportunity to practice compassionate receptivity and deep listening.

REGISTER ONLINEHonoring Our Mothers Thru Spiritual Autobiography (Tikshoret - AUG 20 to SEPT 10, 2017)


Teacher Bios:

Kohenet D’vorah J. Grenn, Ph.D., Chair of the former Women's Spirituality MA program at Sofia University in Palo Alto (originally the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), founded The Lilith Institute in 1997, producing San Francisco Bay Area women's spirituality/study circles, public and private rituals and several lecture series. She is the founding kohenet of Mishkan Shekhinah, a movable sanctuary honoring the Sacred Feminine in all spiritual traditions. D’vorah has been teaching at Napa Valley College and with LevLearning.com, as well as leading private classes and serving as a spiritual life coach and mentor to women. She worked to support domestic violence survivors with Shalom Bayit and now Napa Emergency Women’s Services, and was on the Founding Advisory Board of the Kohenet Priestess Training Institute.

Dr. Grenn’s dissertation, “For She Is A Tree of Life: Shared Roots Connecting Women to Deity” was an inquiry into Jewish women’s religious/cultural identities, beliefs and ritual practices among the South African Lemba and United States women. In 2009 she published Talking To Goddess, an anthology of sacred writings of 72 women from 25 spiritual traditions, including blessings, prayer-poems, oriki, meditations, and invocations. Her essay, "The Kohanot: Keepers of the Flame" appears in Stepping into Ourselves: An Anthology of Writing on Priestesses (2014).  Other writings include her book Lilith's Fire (2000), and articles in She is Everywhere, Vols. 1 and 2; and the journals Feminist Theology and Women in Judaism.

Her research includes ongoing explorations of the role of the ancient and contemporary priestess; women's contemporary ritual practices; ancestor reverence; midrash as a liberating literary genre, and Lilith as an archetype representing both positive and negative aspects of women’s psycho-spiritual journeys.