Earth-Based Judaism FAQs

 

EARTH BASED JUDAISM | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Who should apply? 

This certificate program is offered at a rabbinic school academic level, and open to anyone who aims to teach and lead Earth Based Jewish approaches, including Aleph Ordination students, ordination students from other seminaries, Jewish clergy as well as non-clergy educators, leaders and activists. 

What are the criteria for admission? 

In considering applicants for admission to the EBJ program we will take into account criteria including: 

1. Potential for becoming or growing into your role as a leader, teacher, or advocate for an Earth Based  approach to Judaism 

2. Ability and preparedness to study in classes together with rabbinical students 

3. Contribution to a balanced and diverse cohort of students 

4. Comfort with learning in nature, learning on a spiritual as well as intellectual level, and in learning together with a group 

Where can I get more information? 

Three online information sessions are being offered to go over the logistics and program details. These sessions will be held: 

Tuesday, October 13 | 7:30-8:30 pm EST 

Thursday, November 5 | 7:00-8:00 pm EST 

Wednesday, December 2 | 1:00-2:00 pm EST 

Can I get a sense of the content in the program? 

During each information session, a portion of the program will be devoted to learning with a faculty member of the EBJ program. This will offer a “sneak peek” of the type of material covered in Earth-Based Judaism courses. You can also learn more about what specific courses will be offered over the course of the program here and on the Earth-Based Judaism site. For more information, please email nmargalit@aleph-ordination.org

How is the program structured? How long does it take to complete? 

The Earth-Based Judaism track is completed over a three-year period. The three-year EBJ program consists of six (6) semester long ALEPH courses through our virtual seminary and three (3) four-day retreats in late summer or fall. The format and timing of retreats will be dependent on the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic and on local, state, and federal guidelines. Our hope is that by next August/September it will be safe to hold in-person retreats. 

What else does the program include? 

Beyond regular coursework and retreats, the EBJ program also includes:

  •  Monthly community building sessions over Zoom with faculty,
  •  Optional mentoring or spiritual direction sessions with EBJ faculty 
  •  Occasional webinars and classes with faculty and guest teachers

How much does it cost? 

Tuition for the Earth-Based Judaism Certification costs $3,475 per year. This sum includes a 3% obligatory Trumah (offering) to support the AOP student scholarship fund. Tuition includes two EBJ courses and one retreat. This tuition structure is highly subsidized by ALEPH and grants from the Lasko Family Foundation and the Jews of Color Initiative. Thanks to a grant from the Jews of Color Initiative, we have up to five (5) spots available for Jews of Color that would reduce the program fee to $1,175.  In addition, Jews of Color will be provided with a spiritual director at no cost. All programming/courses remain the same for all accepted students. A limited amount of other scholarship funds are available. 

How do I apply?  

You can find the application for Earth-Based Judaism here. Applications for the second cohort close December 18, 2020. There is a non-refundable application fee of $25. The first classes will begin in February 2021.  

What can I do if I have questions not answered here? 

Please direct any questions about the Earth-Based Judaism application process to Jake Sapon at jake@aleph.org. For questions about program content and structure, please email Rabbi Natan Margalit at nmargalit@aleph-ordination.org

 

ALEPH’s Earth-Based Judaism Track is made possible thanks to grants from the Lasko Family Foundation and the Jews of Color Initiative