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 Jewish Views of the Afterlife: Traditional and Contemporary Perspectives

Dates and Times: A three-session program on June 3, June 10, and June 17
4 - 5:30 pm EST (1 - 2:30 pm PST)

Cost: $75 for all three classes

Presenter: Rabbinic Pastor Simcha Raphael, Ph.D.

Description: An exploration of Jewish afterlife texts spanning three millennia of history. As travelers through time, we shall enter the worlds of Torah,Talmud, Midrash, Zohar and Hasidic tales investigating diverse ways Jews have understood the enigmatic mystery of death and the world beyond. 

Searching for spiritual renewal of traditional teachings, we shall use these texts for reflection and discussion discovering practical guidelines for responding to the human encounter with death - personally, and in our families and communities.

Simcha Raphael, Jewish Views of the Afterlife, Rowman and Littlefield, 2019. 
Simcha Raphael, Living and Dying in Ancient Times - Death, Burial and Mourning in Biblical Tradition, Albion-Andalus Books, 2015 
Simcha Raphael, May the Angels Carry You - Jewish Prayers and Meditations for the Deathbed, Albion-Andalus Books, 2016 
Simcha Raphael, The Grief Journey and the Afterlife - Jewish Pastoral Care for Bereavement, Albion-Andalus Books, 2014 


Escorting the Queen Shechinah: Honoring Malchut she'b'Malchut with Song, Poetry and Art!

Led by Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael 
Saturday, May 30 | 8 - 10 pm EDT 
Pay-what-you-can (Proceeds will support ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and COVID-19 relief)

Program will include havdalah. 

Saturday Evening is a traditional time, to escort Shechinah, the Sabbath Bride, back to the Higher realms. Just as Kabbalat Shabbat welcomes the Divine Presence on Friday Night, so we escort Her out with royal ritual during a M’laveh Malka, a feast in Her honor. In these times we will “feast" together on the offerings of our soul that honor Shechinah through art, poetry, chant, music and more. 

Join Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael, and many other wonderful presenters illuminating the presence of Malchut shel B’Malchut as She takes leave. 

Kohenet Shoshana Bricklin 
Kohenet Batya Diamond 
Yael Fischman 
Ruthie Gaiziv-Sivan 
 Kohenet Dr. D'vorah J. Grenn 
Eshet Hazon Shonna Husbands-Hankin 
Cantorial Soloist Laura Lenes 
RP/Cantor Lisa Levine 
Cantorial Soloist Orit Perlman 
Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael 
Brielle Paige Rassler 
Miki Raver 
Hazzan Jessi Roemer 
Cantor Aviva Rosenbloom 
Rabbi/Cantor Sara Shendelman 
Peggy Smith 
Lori Wynters 

We have raised over $6000 for ALEPH and COVID-19 hunger relief in the past two events. Do a double mitzvah––escort the Queen and help the greater good!