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 x26.


Upcoming Tikshoret Programs

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

Dates: See below for dates
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 5/2/2018
  7. Faith/Bitachon — 5/29/2018
  8. Gratitude – Hakarat Ha-tov 6/21/2018
  9. The Environment — Humility/Anavah 7/26/2018

Wisdom for Every Day: Monthly Mussar Study Group
Faith/Bitachon — 5/29/2018

Class Name: Rosh Chodesh/New Moon Circle
Teacher: Kohenet D’vorah J. Grenn, Ph.D.

Time: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm EST, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PST

Cost: $25

Description:  According to the Sefer Yetzirah (The Book of Creation), the earliest Kabbalistic text, there are correspondences between each month of the Jewish calendar and a sense, or energy, a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, a zodiac sign, one of the twelve tribes of Israel and other elements. 

In our Rosh Chodesh Sivan/New Moon circle we will focus on the sense/energy of the month ahead and how we can both develop it and keep it in balance. 
The Theme for the Month 
In this circle we will focus on walking, in the sense of moving forward spiritually, and receiving, a capacity without which we cannot progress in our psychological or spiritual growth. In the month of Sivan, we celebrate Shavuot, a time of receiving Torah at Mt. Sinai. What wisdom is available for us to receive today through deepening our D/divine connections, and how can we enhance our capacity to receive it? We will explore this, and since the story of Ruth and Naomi takes place during this time, we will also talk about women’s friendships, coming to personal crossroads and healthy/unhealthy loyalty.

REGISTER ONLINE: Rosh Chodesh Circle
(Tikshoret - May 16th, 2018)

Class Name: Rosh Chodesh Tammuz/New Moon Circle 
Teacher: Kohenet D’vorah J. Grenn, Ph.D. 

Time: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm EST, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm PST 


Cost: $25 

The Theme for the Month
The sense/energy of the month of Tammuz is sight or seeing. One interpretation of this is seeing as in seeing life as it is, really seeing who and what is around us; another is sight, in the sense of being perceptive. We will talk about honing both capacities in ourselves. How can we improve our capacity to see clearly, when we're moving too fast or when what we’re looking at scares us, or makes us sad or angry? What are the consequences of looking away, of choosing not to see? What elements do we need to take into account in order to to sharpen our perception? It is interesting to note that Tammuz is also the name of the Akkadian goddess Ishtar’s lover.  

REGISTER ONLINE: Rosh Chodesh Circle 

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.