FAQ

What is a Meditative Synagogue?

At Bet Alef, we appreciate Jewish ritual as an authentic expression of deep spiritual truths. Through chanting, singing, silence and spiritual teaching we strive to meet that spiritual depth within ourselves. Our intention is to share a worship experience that supports greater spiritual growth in our lives.

When and where are services?

Meditative Shabbat services are held at 7:30 PM on the first and third Fridays of every month at 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle (in the Seattle First Baptist Church). Click here for Directions, Parking and Public Transportation Information.

Is there childcare available at Shabbat Services?

We offer childcare during services for $10 per family. If you will be needing childcare for an upcoming service, please contact us.

Does Bet Alef have a religious school?

Yes!  B’yachad is our inter-generational school for spiritual learning.  We meet on Shabbat mornings throughout the school year.  Please visit our Byachad page for more information.

What are the roles of our rabbi?

Rabbi Olivier BenHaim leads our Shabbat services and High Holy Day observances. He also teaches classes and workshops at Bet Alef. Rabbi Olivier leads the Family Program and guides the B’nai Mitzvah program. The rabbi is available for weddings, baby-namings, b’nai mitzvahs, funerals, and other life cycle events. For fee and other information, contact us.

Why become a member of Bet Alef?

We believe that being a member means making a commitment to your own spiritual development as well as to that of the community. Our community is building such a committed membership that shares the expenses of running the synagogue as well as a variety of volunteer responsibilities.

Your membership, your contributions, and your presence support the growth of a joyful community at Bet Alef — a community that creatively celebrates the unfolding of a Jewish spiritual identity.

What does membership cost?

We are a “Fair Share” Community so your membership pledge of support is based on income, and adjusted for your personal situation. On average our members set their dues at $100 per month or $1200 per year.

What does my pledge pay for?

We pay rental fees for our meeting and worship spaces; we support a full time rabbi and compensate part time administrative staff, music director and pianist (other musicians are volunteers); and we incur normal operating expenses in the running of our synagogue, which is a nonprofit organization.

How else can I support Bet Alef?

While sustaining Bet Alef’s vibrant community of spiritual depth and exploration is largely a function of membership dues, both members and non-members can make donations honoring special events or people in their lives. Class tuitions and High Holy Day tickets also contribute to our support. If you are not interested/able to become a member of the community, regular donations as a Friend of Bet Alef helps insure our sustainability for when you are interested in attending. For more information, please visit our Donations page or contact us.

What is included in my pledge of support?

Dues include Adult Torah Study Classes, workshops in preparation for major Jewish Holidays and reduced fees for special events, including the High Holy Days and Passover Seder.

How can I get names listed for Memorial and Healing?

Names for memorial or healing may be put on a list at the entrance to the sanctuary prior to services. They can also be e-mailed to Elizabeth by 5 PM on Wednesday of the week a service is held.

Do you record the services?

CD’s are made of Shabbat and High Holyday services. Please contact us to order CD’s.

How can I get on your mailing list?

To be added to our snail mail list, send us an e-mail with your information. To sign up for our email list, visit our “subscribe” page. We send regular e-mail announcements of our events, services, and classes. Snail mailings go out a few times a year, usually announcing major holidays.

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