Tikshoret Connections

About This Program

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: Wisdom for Every Day: Monthly Mussar Study Group
Teacher: Rabbi Debra Smith

Dates: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm EST, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm PST

Cost: $25 per class
(A one-time $36 materials fee must be paid to Chai Mitzvah to cover the cost of both pdf and physical books that will be mailed to all participants. Fee can be paid here. Under Group/Organization Name, please list ALEPH.)

Join us for a monthly interactive text study and discussion group. Through the practice of Mussar, (character development) we work on developing a better relationship with others in our lives. As our interpersonal relationships shift, we are better able to receive life’s gifts. Tikshoret’s interactive Mussar curriculum is developed by Rabbi Pamela Wax for the national organization, Chai Mitzvah. Each month we will focus on a different personal middah, or character trait. Topics we will study are: Wisdom/Chochmah; Generosity/N’divut; Compassion/Rachamim; Spiritual friendship/Chevruta; Equanimity/Menuchat Ha-nefesh; Order/Seder; Faith/Bitachon; Gratitude/Hakarat Ha-tov; Humility/Anavah.

We will delve into short texts that explain and support each monthly middah (character trait) and we will engage in group discussion on how this trait impacts our personal, professional and spiritual lives. Join us as we travel on a soul journey to a deeper and high level of self- awareness. Be prepared to change your life!

Participants can attend every/any session. Each session of learning is self- contained. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary. All levels of learner are welcome. All faiths are welcome. A session by session topical listing appears here:

  1. Rites of Passage — Wisdom/Chochmah 11/30/17
  2. Tzedakah/Philanthropy — Generosity/N’divut 12/21/2017
  3. Individual and Community — Compassion/Rachamim 1/25/2018
  4. Interpersonal Relationships — Spiritual friendship/Chevruta 2/22/2018
  5. Mindfulness/Conscious Living — Equanimity/Menuchat Ha-nefesh 3/22/2018
  6. Passover Insights — Order/Seder 4/26/2018
  7. Israel and the Jewish Spirit - Faith/Bitachon 5/31/2018
  8. Gratitude – Hakarat Ha-tov 6/21/2018
  9. The Environment — Humility/Anavah 7/26/2018

Wisdom for Every Day: Monthly Mussar Study Group
Interpersonal Relationships — Spiritual friendship/Chevruta 2/22/2018

Class Name: Rosh Chodesh/New Moon Circle
Teacher: Kohenet D’vorah Grenn

Dates: Thursday, March 15th, 2018
Time: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm EST, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PST

Cost: $25

Description:  Rosh Chodesh Nisan is related to the power of speech — speaking from the heart, speaking to Source, G'd, Spirit, ourselves and each other. How can we express ourselves with greater clarity, more compassion, less judgment and, when needed, greater honesty? How can our yearning for divine connection manifest in the way we treat each other? In tonight’s circle, we will re-examine whether and when we do lashon hara, gossiping or speaking ill of others. How do we ourselves heal from hearing or casting hurtful or false words? Where do we find our most “authentic” voice; when are we silent? 

Since Pesach starts in Nisan, we will also discuss freedom, and the lack of it. What in our lives is liberatory? Where do we still confront mitzrayim, areas where we feel trapped or limited? What are the places or voices of constriction or disapproval that stunt our growth? Where do we find freedom? How can we help others to find theirs?

REGISTER ONLINE: Rosh Chodesh Circle
(Tikshoret - March 15, 2018)

Class Name: Ethical Issues and Dilemmas for Spiritual Leaders, Mental Health and Pastoral Counselors
Teacher: Rabbi Debra Smith

Dates: Coming Soon!!

Cost: $125 / Four Week Class

While there are many ethical dilemmas that present themselves in spiritual and counseling professions, those related to boundaries and misuse of power are of the most common, and often are the most difficult to identify and repair.

Participants will gain and share knowledge and resources needed to understand the fundamentals and best practices around healthy and appropriate boundaries in their work with individuals, couples, families and groups in a variety of different practice settings. Our model for discussion will be one of applied/practical ethics, as opposed to a pure academic model.

Session by Session Topics:

  1. Introduction to the course; Defining boundaries ; Recognizing a boundary violation; Defining the Process of Personal disconnection that occurs in a boundary relationship.
  2. The four interconnected defining traits of a boundary violation: the secret; the role reversal; the double bind; indulgence of personal privilege.
  3. Examples of each of the four defining traits of a boundary violation.
  4. Consequence to the relationship when a boundary violation occurs; Healing a boundary violations and barriers to healing.