- OHALAH is an acronym for the Hebrew Agudat Harabbanim l’Hithadshut Hayahadut, or in English, Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal. It is also an acronym for the Hebrew Agudat Hahazzanim l’Hithadshut Hayahadut, or in English, Association of Cantors for Jewish Renewal. THE RPA BRANCH The Rabbinic Pastors Association–RPA for short–is a branch of OHALAH. OUR STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES The ALEPH Statement of Principles describes in esoteric terms the spiritual and religious underpinnings of ALEPH, OHALAH and the RPA. OUR SISTER ORGANIZATION ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal is an umbrella organization of the Jewish Renewal Movement. Members of OHALAH and the RPA form a congregation of clergy who meet in virtual time throughout the year via our email discussion list and periodic emails to all members from our respective Presidents. We celebrate one another’s joys and accomplishments and pray for one another in times of suffering and despair. We share with one another from the teachings of Torah shebichtav and Torah sheb’alpeh. We bear witness to one another’s realizations of faith and understanding. We reach out to one another’s congregant’s, students and other constituents when they visit our area and we officiate for them when they have a need for someone to officiate at a wedding; to bring an infant into the covenant through brit milah, brit bat or naming; or to lay a loved one to rest. We share prayers and poetry that we have written or that inspire us; we share ideas for divrei torah, hespedim, sermons and talks. We provide support, inspiration and consolation to one another in times of illness, suffering and loss; and we pray together in virtual time for one another, and for the communities of the Jewish people and all of God’s creation when they are suffering the devastations of natural and human disasters. We challenge one another’s ideas and views, we make room for ideas and views diametrically opposed to our own, and we push one another to our limits of thought, heart and confidence, as did the sages of old. Any congregation or other institution wishing to hire a Jewish clergy person or student is welcome to submit an announcement to any member of OHALAH or the RPA for posting on our confidential email discussion list. If you do not know a member of OHALAH personally and have job posting, please use the information on our contact page.