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

  • Legacies of Jewish Renewal: Angels Who Left Us Teachings, Songs, and Love (Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael and friends)
  • Nechamah Minyan (Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael and friends)
  • Book Discussion on Let Us All Breathe Together (Rabbi Phyllis Berman, featuring special guest Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg)
  • Silence is Praise: Metivta-Style Morning Meditation Service (Rabbi Anne Brener)

Session Descriptions

Yad B'Yad

Book Discussion on "Let Us All Breathe Together" - FULL DETAILS

Date: Sunday, January 29
Time: 7:30 – 9 pm ET (4:30 – 6 pm PT)
Cost: FREE
Led by: Rabbi Phyllis Berman, featuring special guest Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg

In reviewing Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg’s new book Let Us All Breathe Together, Rabbi Phyllis Berman wrote, “Like a silent meditation retreat guided by a gifted teacher, Sheila Weinberg’s Let Us All Breathe Together inspires us to breathe with her and transform our own human limitations into possibilities for Wholeness/Holiness through her—and our own—vulnerability, compassion and love.”

In this session, Rabbi Sheila will share key excerpts from her book and Rabbi Phyllis will engage her in conversation and deep exploration. Participants will be invited to share their thoughts and feelings. We will all be encouraged to take a moment and all “breathe together” and feel the sacred expansiveness of our interconnection. 

Purchasing a copy of the book, “Let Us All Breathe Together”, is optional but highly recommended. It may be purchased online here at Bookshop, which supports local bookstores.

Yad B'Yad

Legacies of Jewish Renewal: Angels Who Left Us Teachings, Songs, and Love - FULL DETAILS

Date: Sunday, February 12
Time: 3 pm ET (12 pm PT)
Cost: Pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $18 or more
Led by: Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael and friends

As more of our friends, colleagues, and teachers in Jewish Renewal transition to the higher realms of the world beyond, join Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael and friends for a memorial tribute program for the wider ALEPH community to keep their memories and teachings alive and honor their contributions.  

Featuring stories and memories of the following who have passed: (note that this is a partial list): Rabbi Judith Abrams, Rabbi Devorah Bartnoff, Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum, Rabbi David A. Cooper, Rabbi Everett Gendler, Andy Gold, Bonna Devorah Haberman, Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield, Lisa Kapin, Hazzan Richard Kaplan, Rabbi Shoni Labowitz, Rabbi Rachel Denburg Levine, Rabbi Mem Movshin, Rabbi Nomi Oren, Cantor Chaim Rothstein, Rabbi Hanan Sills, Rabbi Pauline Tamari, Rabbi Sarah Tauber, Hazzan Susan Wehle, Rabbi David Wolfe-Blank, and Rabbi David Zeller.

If you’d like to share a teaching, music, slide show, impactful story, or memorial tribute, please reach out to Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael this week at rrayzel@shechinah.com.

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.