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

Responsible Leadership: Becoming a Caring and Effective Leader

Dates: a two-session program on Thursdays: November 12 and November 19

Time: 7 – 8:30 pm EDT (4 – 5:30 pm PDT) 

Cost: Pay-what-you-can 

Instructor: Rabbi Debra Smith

Description: In these challenging times, we are faced with leaders and public figures that exhibit and employ a wide range of leadership styles. Some resonate with us while others are clearly not to our preference or are downright uncomfortable. 

While leaders and leadership styles vary greatly, certain principles should be followed by all leaders. Key among these is Responsibility (achrayut). How does a leader interact with others in a caring manner, and how does a leader anticipate and understand the effects of his/her actions? An effective leader should embrace both qualities of responsibility: care for others and an understanding of the impact of his/her actions. 

Through Jewish text study we will explore and discuss several aspects of the concept of Responsible leadership. We will also specifically highlight female leadership. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary. Course material will utilize the Chai Mitzvah Mussar curriculum on Responsibility/Achrayut developed by Rabbi Pamela Wax. 

The Piasezcner Rebbe’s Derekh HaMelekh: Organic Torah of Co-Creation and Wholeness

Dates: Eight sessions beginning on Wednesday, October 21 - October 21, October 28, November 4, November 11, November 18, December 2, December 9, and December 16

Time: 7 – 8:30 pm EDT (4 – 5:30 pm PDT) 

Cost: $180 for all eight sessions

Instructor: Rabbi Dr. Natan Margalit (co-sponsored by Organic Torah)

Description: The Piasezcner Rebbe, Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Shapiro (1889 – 1943) was a unique and awe-inspiring figure in modern Hasidic spirituality. Of all his writings, his book Derekh HaMelekh (The Royal Road) delves most deeply into his core ideas. Here we find an approach that shares much with ecological thinking. His spiritual teachings revolve around the co-creation of our world through dynamic relationships, and he builds on the way miraculous qualities can emerge from the whole which is greater than the sum of its parts. He puts central importance on the body, emotions and imagination in creating an effective spiritual practice.

Ta’amei HaMikra: The Music of the Hebrew Bible

Dates: Tuesdays, see below schedule for full dates

Times: 1 - 3 pm EDT (10 am - 12 pm PDT) 

Cost: Three session units: $180 per unit
Four session units: $240 per unit

Instructor: Hazzan Diana Brewer

Description: Have you been wanting to learn to chant from the Torah? Haven’t chanted Haftarah since you you turned 13? Are you haunted by the melodies of Lamentations? Join Hazzan Diana Brewer for a journey through the music of the Hebrew Bible. We will make the journey in a series of units to learn the music of the six different systems of Ashkenazi trop.

There’s more to trop than the beautiful melodies! We will begin with a three-week unit, delving into the core structure of trop, revealing the layers of meaning it holds. This first unit (or previous study of this material) is a prerequisite to all other units, and will be offered twice*. We will continue over the course of the academic year with four-week units on the music of Torah, Haftarah, Esther, Ketuvim, Eicha, and High Holy Days. If you already know Torah trop, but are hoping to chant Megillat Esther in the spring, that’s fine. With the exception of the prerequisite opening unit, participants are welcome to sign up for any of the units they are called to. 

Who should take this journey? It is open to anyone who wants or needs to know the music of the Hebrew Bible. Musical units will cover lots of ground pretty quickly, so it is best if you have some facility with learning and singing music. Ability to read music, while helpful, is not required. Recorded materials will be available. Ability to “decode” Hebrew is a must. 

What do I need? We will be working with “Chanting the Hebrew Bible” Student Edition by Josh Jacobson. This text is available at thriftbooks.com, AbeBooks.com, barnesandnoble.com, and Amazon. (E-Book not recommended) Also recommended, but not required, is Hebrew Grammar Guides: Study Aids for Basic Hebrew Grammar Skills by Rabbi Miles B. Cohen and Leslie Rubin. 

*Contact Hazzan Diana at dbrewer@aleph-ordination.org if you are unsure if you meet the prerequisite.


*Registration for Units 2 - 7 will be made available to you immediately after you register for either gathering of Unit 1.*

To register for either gathering of Unit 1, please click on the blue linked titles.

September 1, September 8, and September 15 

Unit 2: Torah 
October 13, October 20, October 27, and November 3 

Unit 3: Haftarah 
November 10, November 17, November 24, and December 1 

January 5, January 12, and January 19 

Unit 4: Esther 
January 26, February 2, February 9, and February 23 

Unit 5: Ketuvim 
March 2, March 9, March 16, and March 23

Unit 6: Eicha 
April 6, April 13, April 20, and April 27

Unit 7: High Holy Days 
May 4, May 18, May 25, and June 1