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

Core Ideas in Mental Health: Insights for Personal (and Public) Discourse

Session One | Thursday, March 14
Time: 11 am - 12 pm EST, 8 am - 9 am PST

Session Two | Thursday, March 21
Time: 11 am - 12 pm EST, 8 am - 9 am PST

Cost: $36 total (includes both sessions)

Description: Join Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener for an overview of core delineations of neurosis and personality disorders. In this two part class, we'll get a basic grasp of how neuroses and PDs form and how they manifest. This overview will illuminate how early life experiences create components of the personality, which effect trust, empathy and relationship capacity over the life span. We'll see the "normal range of neurosis" and the more inflexible traits of personality disorders and what type of healing and self-awareness is possible in various cases. 

The second section will be a self study to notice when characteristics of disregulation arise in us or in others in meetings and pastoral care settings. We'll look through our own experiences to identify times when we noticed that we or others were triggered. We'll discuss ways to respond more skillfully when dealing with disordered states in one on one settings or in group work. The goal is that we all come away with more insights and tools for dealing with difficult people/situations more compassionately, powerfully and efficiently.

Reb Deb's Divine Discussions: Exploring Faith In Our Lives | 
Discussion of In Good Faith: Exploring Religion and Atheism

Session One | Thursday, March 21
Time: 1 pm - 2 pm EST, 10 am - 11 am PST

Session Two | Thursday, March 28
Time: 1 pm - 2 pm EST, 10 am - 11 am PST

Session Three | Tuesday, April 30
Time: 1 pm - 2 pm EST, 10 am - 11 am PST 

Session Four | Tuesday, May 7 
Time: 1 pm - 2 pm EST, 10 am - 11 am PST

Cost: $25 per session. Must register for a minimum of two sessions to receive a complimentary hardcover copy of In Good Faith: Exploring Religion and Atheism (valued at $35)

Description: Tikshoret is proud to launch Reb Deb’s Divine Discussions: Exploring Faith in Our Lives, a new virtual reading discussion group to explore and discuss the topic of Faith. This discussion group will be led by Rabbi Debra Smith, a member of the Tikshoret faculty who created and co-leads the Muslim/Jewish Leadership Training Program. 
Through guided questions and facilitated discussion on a variety of books, the group will explore the subject of Faith. The group will be ongoing and participants can attend any or all sessions. Each meeting will last one hour. 
To kick off Reb Deb’s Divine Discussions, we will begin with a conversation about the brand new book, In Good Faith: Exploring Religion and Atheism by Scott Shay. Complimentary copies of this brand-new hardcover book, published by Post Hill Press and valued at $35, will be mailed for free to the first 25 people who sign up for this series. In Good Faith will be the topic for the first 4 sessions of Reb Deb’s Divine Discussions. 


"Religion can be both inspiring and distressing. And many critiques of it are simultaneously compelling and dubious. Shay examines atheist arguments with a refreshing modern eye in this comprehensive look at our most fundamental questions about faith and reason. This book explores the most common atheist critiques of the Bible and religion, incorporating Jewish, Christian, and Muslim voices. The result is a fresh, modern re-evaluation of religion and of atheism."

Scott Shay is a co-Founder and Chairman of Signature Bank and a longstanding Jewish community activist. Shay started a Hebrew school, an adult educational program and chaired several Jewish educational programs. He is the author of Getting Our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry. Scott has been thinking about religion, reason and modernity, since wondering why his parents sent him to Hebrew school. 

Books under consideration for future sessions of Reb Deb's Divine Discussions may include but will not be limited to: Act of Faith by Eboo Patel; The Lemon Tree by Bhira Backhaus; The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho; Speaking of Faith by Krista Tippett; A Case for G-d by Karen Armstrong; and Dancing Arabs by Sayed Kashua.