The Alliance for Jewish Renewal encourages reform and revitalization of Judaism throughout the world by emphasizing meaningful spiritual practices, reinvigorating Jewish communities, developing leadership, creating scholarly and liturgical resources, and taking stands on social justice and environmental issues. Congregational leaders will benefit from browsing this site for its comprehensive approach to Jewish renewal. There are more than 28 individualized categories to peruse. Many of Kol Aleph’s stated goals reflect its renewal mission: to embrace a global vision of egalitarian Judaism; to cultivate traditional practices such as meditation, chanting, davvenen, and textual study; to develop contemporary meanings for spiritual practice; to develop new paradigms for personal and communal relationship with God; and to forge a new Halachah in which Judaism is conscious of its place in an interconnected world. Twelve affiliated Jewish renewal programs are cited with contact information. The site also contains blogs, event gatherings, social networking sites, and book reviews.
Reviewed by Brian Witwer