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

  • Torah at the Intersection (Roberta Wall)
  • Holy Moments: How to Chant Essential Prayers for Sacred Transitions
  • Authentic Movement as a Spiritual Practice (Simona Aronow)
  • The Mystical Exodus in Jungian Perspective: Transforming Trauma and the Wellsprings of Renewal (Dr. Shoshana Fershtman)
  • Nechamah Minyan (Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael and friends)
  • Silence is Praise: Metivta-Style Morning Meditation Service (Rabbi Anne Brener)
  • In Celebration of Earth day- Sacred Attunement: Shmita as Cultural Biomimicry (Dr. Cara Judea Alhadeff)

Session Descriptions

Yad B'Yad

Torah at the Intersection - FULL DETAILS

Date: May 10, 17, 24, and 31
Time: 7:30-9 ET
Cost: $72
Description:

Each week we will explore the weekly reading, or parasha, of the Torah, connecting its wisdom to traditional and new Jewish midrash, Nonviolent Communication, Buddhism, and other major streams of learning that can deeply inform our lives today.

Timed to lead us into Shavuot, the receiving of Torah on Mount Sinai, our journey into the intersections of Torah, Nonviolent Communication and Buddhism will be in service of our spiritual development and global movements for peace and justice. Here are the four weekly Torah portions as Torah at the Intersection has explored them:

Schedule (Click links to read about themes):

Week of May 10, Parashat Emor:

Theme: Caste

Week of May 17, Parashat Be-har:

Theme: Does the Land Belong to Us or Do We Belong to the Land?

Week of May 24, Parashat Be Chukotai

Theme: The Art of Mindful Living

Week of May 31, Rosh Chodesh Sivan and Parashat Be Midbar

Theme: Beginning Again in the Space Between Chaos and Order

 

Roberta Wall was living at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Green Mountain Dharma Center when her Jewish ancestors called her to Elat Chayyim. She was a founding member of the Neshama residential community at Elat Chayyim ,where she participated in many Renewal training programs, and brought Nonviolent Communication and Thich Nhat Hanh’s mindfulness practices into Jewish Renewal. She is a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication, an ordained member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing and has continued immersion in Torah studies with teachers such as Avivah Zornberg, Rabbi David Ingber and Sarah Yehudit Schneider. Roberta also is a co founder of the Israeli-Palestinian NVC community and publishes a weekly blog, TorahattheIntersection.com.

 Please contact Roberta for questions about the course. Info@steps2peace.com.

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Peace for Ukraine Virtual Fundraising Gala - FULL DETAILS

Date:Thursday, May 26
Time: 8 pm ET (5 pm PT)
Cost: Pay what you can
Led by: Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael

We have all seen the news, we have heard the cries for help. Our Ukrainian ancestors summon us to tell their stories, sing their songs and share their teachings to help raise funds for relief. Join Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael and friends for an evening where your very presence is a sign of support; coming together to learn and overcome our sense of helpless of what to do. This is something you can do. Featuring Reb Leah Novick, Alisa Fineman, Rabbinic Pastor Shulamit Fagan, Cantor Abbe Lyons, Lealiza Lee and more to come.

If you’d like to offer a teaching, song or story please send an email to Reb Geela Rayzel: rrayzel@shechinah.com

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Exploring a Parables of Jesus- FULL DETAILS

Exploring the Parables of Jesus: The parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard

Date: May, 25
Time: 7:30pm ET (4:30pm PT)
Cost: $18
Led by: Rabbi Deb Smith and Sister Eleanor Francis

 

Class Description:

We will explore the Parables of Jesus and their roots in Judaism. In session we will explore the parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard from both a Jewish and a Christian perspective, focusing on its historical, political, religious and literary contexts.

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

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Honoring our Loves, Honoring our Lives- FULL DETAILS

Honoring our Loves, Honoring our Lives  – an exploration and guided reflection

Date: June 14
Time: 7:30pm ET (4:30pm PT)
Cost: $18
Led by: Batya Segura

 Class Description:

Living/Dying/Grieving – has been on all of our minds since 2020. We have our own brutal and  tender stories and experiences of these past two years. Grief is a change we don’t want. To grieve is human and to grieve is to have loved and to continue to love. In fact, the love we have for them doesn’t leave us, so why should we stop loving when they are no longer physically with us? 

During our time together we will have the opportunity to actively engage with questions, concepts and tap into the wisdom of our lived experiences. 

Together, we will face our fears of living, dying and grieving so as to live a little more fully. We will do a guided meditation and spend some time reflecting on our current relationship with death. How does knowing that you will die inform your living? 

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.