The Kol Haneshama Friday night service at Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County will be joined by The Jewish Studio and leaders of ALEPH: the alliance for Jewish Renewal for a wonderfully musical and deeply inspirational Friday night service. Services begin at 6:30 p.m. and last for about 70 minutes. Dinner will follow for those who pre-register.
Jewish Renewal is neither a denomination nor a movement. It is a self styled neo-chasidic organization, with deep roots in Jewish tradition and aspirations to engage modern Jews where they live and how they live. Innovators associated with Jewish Renewal have included R' Shlomo Carlebach z'l, R' Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z'l, R' Arthur Green, and R' Shefa Gold. ALEPH is in a transformation stage, with leadership visiting local communities to listen and learn from those yearning for more engagement in Judaism. The Jewish Studio is hosting the Maryland/DC stop on this "Listening Tour."