"The ALEPH Rabbinic Program is a non-denominational, highly decentralized program of learning which offers structured guidance and mentorship in pursuing the rigorous studies and practica which can culminate in rabbinic ordination." Check it out, it was life changing for my world view. As you can see, It is a solid organization that has an ordination program that is blend of traditional, with a progressive stand on social issues of today.
After taking a Siddur class at ALEPH, I was transported to a place of complete acceptance, where the more traditional parts of my practice and my firm standing on progressive social issues could be woven together like a colorful tapestry. I would love to study more fully, and attend the ALEPH Kallah in the first week of July of this year and at the Smicha Week, which I have been invited to as a prospective student, which is held at the same site the second week of July.
These two weeks would allow me to spend time with the teachers, become better acquainted with the program, and other students. The only thing stopping me is that I am struggling financially because I may lose my job at the mid year mark. My family says that I am free to go to the bi-yearly retreat, and be well on my way toward my ordination within this non-denominational program, if I can come up with the money to pay for the retreat costs.
That is where you all come in, help me raise the money to offset the retreat costs and send me to ALEPH.
The Kallah/Smicha Week Cost:
Optional but highly recommended attendance at:
KALLAH (June/July in odd-numbered years) approx $1000 Travel Expenses (covers room & board plus 2 courses)
Required attendance at:
Intensive Study Week (June/July) $1800 (covers room & board plus 2 courses) (a.k.a. Smicha Week) Travel Expenses
I will be eternally grateful and send you lots of love!