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Joel wrote at 2011-03-11 13:03:14
All roads seem to lead to ALEPH (I contacted both people you recommended and ultimately they sent me to the same place). So you can skip the middle man and just Google ALEPH or Jewish Renewal.

Shlomo Silverman wrote at 2015-08-18 02:00:55
Please note, there are other options to Aleph,

All of these distance learning Smicha programs require a LOT of work. Some of the components are time frame sensitive and others are not. I personally know 3 Rabbonim that have completed their Smicha via one of these Institutions.

Good Luck!

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Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner


Write to me with questions about Jewish customs and law, history, philosophy and tradition for answers from a Conservative perspective or conversion. I am a graduate of The Jewish Theological Seminary and a member of the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly. Having served in congregational pulpits since 1970, I now am President of the Foundation For Family Education, Inc. a non-profit educational endeavor. I established it to create new formats of hands-on programs and provide free educational downloads at In addition to general informational questions I welcome your questions about programs for social action, outreach to dual-faith families, inter-faith clergy projects, healing services, education for conversion, adult education for the congregation and the community. If you have questions about Informal and Formal Education I am ready to share my extensive experience with Youth Activities, Camping and Religious School/Hebrew High School on a congregational, community and national/international level.


I have served on the National Youth Commission for more than 25 years and serve on the Boards of the Conservative Zionist movement MERCAZ and the World Council of Synagogues. I have always dual-families and taught candidates for conversion with a great sense of fulfillment. I am very proud of 25 years on the Jewish camping staff of Camps Ramah. My greatest source of pride is my family! Ask me about them, please!:-)

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