Building Community Through Service
Volunteering is one of the ways in which members deepen their relationship with the community. The sense of truly belonging grows out of active participation beyond attending services. Bet Alef is a community which is created by its members. The presence and involvement of our members through volunteer service is essential for the life of Bet Alef in every way, from administrative support and synagogue governance to planning and running every event that Bet Alef enjoys throughout the year.
There are opportunities for literally every interest and skill, so let us know what you like to do, and take advantage of these great opportunities to meet other members of the community and strengthen your sense of membership to your spiritual home.
Contact our office and we will connect you with the Volunteer Coordinator who will help you find the right match for your interests and get you involved with your community right away.
Current volunteer opportunities include:
High Holiday Committee
Chair: Ricki Levin
Opportunity: Looking for a co-chair for 2017 and volunteers to support in day-of activities this year!
The High Holy Days – Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur- are deeply moving at Bet Alef. They are a time of individual and collective prayer and reflection. At this time of year, we welcome hundreds of guests to our services over the course of five services. We rely on our community to contribute where they can: greeters at the door, ticket sales, set-up and clean-up of the sanctuary and meals, and seemingly small but important tasks.
Individual High Holiday event or committee chairs need to organize scheduling their team for the day of event and do a few emails and or phone calls leading up to event.
Day of volunteers will support in a variety of functions; tickets, greeter/usher, office support, sanctuary set-up/clean-up, Potluck and break-fast, etc.
Opportunity: New committee chairs to begin 2017 and new committee members.
The Bet Alef Onegs are the “after party” for our signature Shabbat Services. Lively conversation, meaningful connections, time to share, and a few noshes are the hallmarks of the event – all of which need YOU to make them work. While we rely on all members to help host these events, we need a select few to supervise the team and manage the behind the scenes operations.
What is involved?
- We ensure…
o that there is challah and wine (at a minimum) at every oneg;
o supervise set up, food prep, and clean-up of each oneg;
o encourage members to sign up to bring food;
- We are stewards of Seattle First Baptist’s kitchen, keeping it clean and safe; make sure that the basic supplies are available and keep them organized.
Chair: David Kroopkin
Opportunity: The Bet Alef Membership Committee is looking for a few good men and women to join our team to help Bet Alef grow and prosper. The time commitments are easily met and it is a great way to meet people and get involved.
Our Mission – To support the engagement and growth of Bet Alef membership. Our Focus this Year – To increase prospective member early engagement.
What is involved?
- Attend a 45-minute committee conference call once a month.
- Make some welcoming/invitation calls to prospective members/visitors based upon a list of previous visitors at certain times during the year.
- Support new member welcome events/ dinners (calls, hosting). Help staff the Welcome Table at Shabbat.
- Go out of your way to meet newcomers at Shabbat and help them feel welcome: introduce them to others.
- Support Rabbi Olivier’s speaking engagements by staffing an information table (optional).
Shabbat Dinner Committee
Chair: Jana Mochkatel
Opportunity: Would love a co-chair. Recruits ad hoc for dinner support.
The Shabbat Dinner Committee works with Bet Alef Staff and Chef Aleah Robbins to organize day-of activities including set-up, clean-up and check-in for monthly Shabbat dinners. Shabbat dinners run November – April.
Opportunity: Looking for Saturday Morning Service Clean-Up Lead.
There is a bit of magic that happens every Shabbat – the church turns into a synagogue and back again! Dedicated volunteers manage the set-up and clean-up of our sanctuary space and call on attendees of each service to help.
The Outreach Committee has created, and will help to implement a plan to release Bet Alef from its title as “the best kept secret in Seattle.”
Opportunity: Members and anyone who loves Bet Alef is needed to spread the word about our community. Invite people you know to our events, share us on Facebook, and bring someone with you who is interested in our community.
Chair: John Hoglund
Gather with men in the Bet Alef community in member’s homes for camaraderie and discussion of various topics of interest. New members are always welcome!
Chair: Pat Hoglund
Gather with women in the Bet Alef community for camaraderie and discussion of various topics of interest. New members are always welcome!
Chair: Barbara Kleine
The Mitzvah Committee supports Community Members in need by making calls, visiting the sick or bereaved, organizing a ride to a doctor’s appointment, or meals.
Members of the Mitzvah Committee rotate through being “on-call”, typically one week per quarter. When a Bet Alef Member is in need, they or the office reach out the “on-call” committee member. Request for support often include bring meals to or visiting the sick or bereaved, sending a card or making a phone call to connect, or perhaps organizing a ride to/from services or a doctor appointment. If the “on-call” committee member is unable to fulfill the request, they make a general call to organize support.