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 or call (215) 247-9700 x26.

Program Instructors

Upcoming Tikshoret Programs

Teshuvah: You CAN Come Home Again
Taught by Rabbi Debra Smith

Two Sessions (can take one or both)
Session One | Tuesday, August 28 
Time: 8:00 pm to 9:15 pm EST, 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm PST

Session Two | Thursday, September 6 
Time: 8:00 pm to 9:15 pm EST, 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm PST

Cost: $25 per class

Description: The theme of repentance/return/teshuvah is an overarching theme of the High Holy Days. It is time to make amends for missing the mark with G-d, with ourselves, and with others. Teshuvah (with its Hebrew root shuv- turn/return) can also be seen as a “homecoming.” We return to G-d, to others, and to ourselves. 

We will explore the concept and practice of teshuvah and the concept of “homecoming”using a variety of texts from the Chai Mitzvah Program’s Mussar curriculum created by Rabbi Pamela Wax. Texts will include, but not be limited to sources from Maimonides’ Laws of Teshuvah; Adin Steinsaltz’s Thirteen Petalled Rose; Martin Buber; The Selichot Liturgy and the High Holy Day Liturgy.  

REGISTER ONLINE: Teshuvah: You CAN Come Home Again
First Session: Tuesday, August 28

Joyful High Holidays
Taught by Rabbi Uzi Weingarten

Two Sessions (each stand alone)
Session One | Sunday, September 2
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm EST, 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm PST

Session Two | Monday, September 3 
Time: 8:00 pm to 9:15 pm EST, 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm PST

Cost: $25 per class

Description: So many people think of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) as a day on which we stand before God in judgement. Many attend services on these days with a sense of fear or with a conflicted heart. Is there another way? In the Talmud, the 'day of judgement' approach was only one point of view. Other rabbis had very different ideas about Rosh Hashanah: one in which Rosh Hashanah can be a day of celebration and joy. Come and let your heart be lifted and your soul inspired!

REGISTER ONLINE: Joyful High Holidays

The Fast I Desire
Taught by Rabbi Uzi Weingarten

Two Sessions (each stand alone)
Session One | Thursday, September 13 
Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm PST

Session Two | Sunday, September 16
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PST

Cost: $25 per class

Description: Does fasting accomplish anything? Does God even care if we fast? 

This is the question that people asked the prophet. His response was: it depends what kind of fast. And he followed with an eloquent restatement of the three core Jewish values. This section, Isaiah 58, is read as part of the Yom Kippur liturgy. Whether or not you fast (or are Jewish), the prophet’s message is a powerful and uplifting one. 

 If you’re hungry for something different for Yom Kippur, this class is for you.   

Skillful Compassion
Taught by Rabbi Uzi Weingarten 

Date: Thursday, September 27
Time: 8:00 pm to 9:15 pm EST, 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm PST 

Cost: $25 

Description: Have you ever wanted to say a comforting word to friends or family members who were in distress, but were so afraid you’d make things worse that you said nothing? 

Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which is read on Sukkot, was written by Solomon, the wisest of men. And he has wisdom for us about what to say. The book of Job also has wisdom, this time about what not to say. The two principles of communication that we will discuss will guide you next time you wish to respond with skillful compassion.

REGISTER ONLINE: Skillful Compassion