Virtual Programs

About this Program

In these times of physical distancing, it’s hard to feel connected to our innermost selves. Many of us are doing the best that we can just to stay afloat, that we haven’t had the chance to touch base with our souls.

ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal’s virtual programming includes our Tikshoret Program and Renewing Our Collective Soul: A Virtual Program For Our Times, which was created in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teachers and leaders from all over the globe have hosted sessions on meditation, embodied movement, spiritual direction, and so much more – gently guiding us to spaces where we can connect with our deepest selves.

Most programs are pay-what-you-wish. Donations will directly support the work of ALEPH and Jewish Renewal programming, and we are thankful for any amount you can donate. If you’re unable to make a donation at this time, that’s okay too. We welcome you.

New offerings will continue to be added, so be sure to check back here often.

Upcoming Programs

  • ALEPH Ordination Program Sukkah Hop (Hazzan Stephanie Weishaar and friends)
  • Exploring the Parables of Jesus (Rabbi Debra Smith and Sister Eleanor Francis)
  • Nechamah Minyan (Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael and friends)
  • Silence is Praise: Metivta-Style Morning Meditation Service (Rabbi Anne Brener)

Session Descriptions

Yad B'Yad

Sukkah Hop - FULL DETAILS

Date: Thursday, October 13
Time: 7:00pm EST (4:00 PT)
Cost: Suggested donation of $36
All proceeds benefit the AOP
All donations are welcome
Led by: Hazzan Stephanie Weishaar and friends

Join ALEPH Ordination Program students, teachers, and graduates for our first-ever AOP Sukkah Hop! Through the magic of the internet, you’ll be able to visit multiple sukkot around the globe without leaving your home. Sit in your own sukkah or on your comfy couch as Renewal leaders regale you with stories and songs by the glow of your computer. Bring your own snacks and prepare to be inspired as we celebrate the harvest holiday of Sukkot together.

Featuring: Rabbi Elliot Ginsburg and Linda Jo Doctor, Rabbi Darren Kleinberg, Rabbi Marcia Prager and Hazzan Jack Kessler, cantorial student Devorah Tucker-Fick, rabbinical student Cat Zavis, and hosted by Hazzan Stephanie Weishaar

Yad B'Yad

Exploring the Parables of Jesus- FULL DETAILS

Date: Wednesdays, October 12, 26 and November 2, 16
Time: 7:30pm EDT (4:30pm PDT)
Cost: $18 per session
Led by: Rabbi Deb Smith and Sister Eleanor Francis

We will explore the Parables of Jesus and their roots in Judaism. In this series session we will explore the parables of: The Mustard Seed; The Rich Man and Lazarus; The Pharisee and the Tax collector; and the Parable of the Talents. We will explore each parable from both a Jewish and a Christian perspective, focusing on its historical, political, religious and literary contexts. Participants can take the whole series or any one or more of the individual sessions. 

*NOTE: Parables are a form of oral literature. Jesus told parables to illustrate spiritual truths and everyday teaching

10/12 The Mustard Seed
10/26 The Rich Man and Lazarus
11/2 The Talents
11/16 The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Virtual Program - Minyan

Nechamah Minyan - FULL DETAILS

The Nechamah Minyan meets nightly at 9 pm Eastern (6 pm Pacific), every day except Friday, providing nechamah (comfort) beyond time and space. Serving to connect people across denominational lines; people who need a place to pray; to heal; to grieve; to experiment with different forms and modalities of prayer; the Nechamah Minyan is a container for the end of the day and to say kaddish. It has helped attendees relax into the night, soothe sleepless souls, and connect with one another. It is different every night—depending on who is leading—so come a few times to get an array of musical, liturgical, meditative, and poetic styles. 

 

The Nechamah Minyan was started in January 2021 by Reb Geela Rayzel Raphael as a place to say kaddish (Jewish prayer for the dead) for her mom, Natalie Robinson, (Nechama Leah bat Elke v’Chayim). 

For Jews in mourning, it is traditional to say daily Kaddish in a minyan, which is a group of 10 or more persons. All who mourn, who are honoring yahrzeits, or who wish to participate in the mitzvah of making a minyan, are invited to join this important program.

If you would like to register, please reach out to Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael at rrayzel@shechinah.com.

If you are looking to attend a minyan taking place that evening, please contact Rabbi Geela Rayzel by 6 pm EDT.

If you’d like to be on the last-minute text list (to be contacted to participate in the mitzvah of making a minyan, in the case not enough are gathered) please reach out to Rabbi Geela Rayzel at the email above.

If you’d like to lead one of the evenings (creative, traditional, and all types of services are welcome!) please reach out to Rabbi Geela Rayzel at the email above.

If you would like to express your gratitude for this type of program, please feel free to make a donation HERE.

If you would like to register, please reach out to Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael at rrayzel@shechinah.com.

Virtual Program - Minyan

Silence is Praise - FULL DETAILS

Date: Weekly on Wednesdays
Time: 11:30 am-12:30 pm ET (8:30-9:30 am PT) 
Cost: Pay-what-you-can 
Presenter: Rabbi Anne Brener

Description: Overwhelmed with stress from social distancing, quarantine, and COVID-19? Join Rabbi Anne Brener for a chanting and meditation service, using the structure of the morning service, to calm our bodies and connect our souls. There will be time for some check-in afterward. 

Our Session Leaders

We are thankful for so many incredible leaders who are stepping up to provide space for us to virtually connect. Our leaders are sure to excite, grow, and inspire you – learn more about them below!

FAQ

When is this event taking place?
Each program takes place at different dates and times. Please refer to your selected program for the correct dates and times, and be sure to pay attention to time zones.
Where is this event taking place?
This event is entirely virtual! You can participate from anywhere in the world. You can even be in your pajamas (we won’t tell!)
Do I need an internet connection to participate?
An internet or phone connection is required to be able to participate. We encourage having some sort of camera so that your face can be seen, but a phone will work just fine if needed.
What if I have never done video conferencing before?
That’s okay! After you register, you will be given detailed instructions on how to get set up so that you will be able to fully participate in as many sessions as you wish.
How long is each session? How often do they meet?
Session lengths vary based on the program. Refer to the detailed session descriptions above to learn more.
ALEPH Virtual Programs

The views, information, or opinions expressed during this event are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of ALEPH and its members.