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


Exploring Joseph / Yusuf
Taught by Maggid Jim Brulé

Three Sessions (Designed to be taken together)
Session One | Thursday, December 13 
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm EST, 4 pm to 5:15 pm PST

Session Two | Thursday, December 20
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm EST, 4 pm to 5:15 pm PST

Session Three | Thursday, December 27
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm EST, 4 pm to 5:15 pm PST

*If you would like to take one or two sessions, please contact tikshoret@aleph.org.

Cost: $75 for all three sessions

Description: The story of Joseph in Torah is often thought of as a novella; in the Qu’ran, Sūrat Yūsuf is unique in that it is the only story that is contained in a single surah, and no other story occurs in that surah. 

Studying these texts side by side, we will explore the insights that arise from their remarkable similarities, differences, and chronology. Students will discover that new meanings arise from the intersection of these two stories, and the spiritual paths in which they occur. 

Participants should bring a preferred translation of each text to the sessions; a study guide will be distributed in advance. This highly interactive class will consist of three 90-minute online sessions.


Yad B’ Yad: Hand in Hand | Muslim - Jewish Leadership Training Program  
Taught by Rabbi Debra Smith and Dr. Shabiha Sheikh 

Date: Tuesday, November 27
Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm PST 

Cost: FREE for Introductory Session

Description: The future well-being of humanity depends upon leaders who can function in a religiously pluralistic society. To help promote this goal, we are offering learners of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to participate in a newly created Muslim-Jewish Leadership Training Program called Yad b’Yad, Hand in Hand. 

We will examine the commonalities and differences of our faith traditions through text study and group discussion. We will come to better understand how each of our faiths lives its traditions in our contemporary society. This hands-on program will allow participants to better engage both Muslim and Jewish faith communities in meaningful dialogue.

Participants of both Parts 1 and 2, which will consist of a total of eight 90 minute sessions to take place in early 2019, will receive a certificate in Muslim-Jewish Leadership Training upon the completion of the full curriculum.

This program will be open to applicants in December 2018.

Join us on Tuesday, November 27 for a no-commitment introductory session to meet the instructors, learn more about their backgrounds, and the curriculum for this program. We hope to see you there!