High Holy Days

Meditative High Holy Day Services at Bet Alef


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S’lichot Sept. 24, 2016

High Holiday Preparation Workshops Sept. 26th/Oct. 4th 

Rosh Hashanah Oct. 2 -3, 2016

Yom Kippur Oct. 11 – 12, 2016


High Holy Day services at Bet Alef are dedicated to spiritual immersion – from the preparation of Selichot and workshops to deepen the experience to the final tones of the shofar at the conclusion of Neilah on Yom Kippur.  Rabbi Olivier BenHaim invites, inspires and instructs individuals to integrate mind, body and spirit in self, community and world. He teaches how Jewish rituals, celebrations, and texts are doorways to deeper meaning, connection, community and joy.

We welcome everyone to High Holy Day services. No one will be turned away due to an inability to pay the full amount. If you need to make financial arrangements or adjustments, please contact us at info@betalef.org


High Holy Days Schedule from 2016/5777


Saturday, Sept. 24, 2015   8:00 PM (No ticket required)

Bet Alef’s S’lichot service is our gateway into the High Holy Days. We gather in community to mark our transitioning into sacred time, our retreating into the recess of the reflective silence of the soul. This late night service on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah helps to prepare for the season by deepening your understanding of the challenge of forgiveness.

To register for single HHD services click the the service above or visit our calendar.

Rosh Hashanah ~ A New Year Begins

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

Sunday, Oct. 2   7:00 PM

Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

Monday, Oct. 3   10:30 AM

Concurrent Children’s Programming   10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Rosh Hashanah Afternoon

Community Potluck   1:00 PM – Please Bring:

  • Beverages for yourself (water will be available)
  • Food to serve at least 8 people according to last name: Please include a list of the ingredients in your dish
    • A – H side dish or salad 
    • I- P main dish
    • Q- Z dessert or appetizer
  • No pork or shellfish

Tashlich at the bank of Lake Washington at Madrona Park  3:30 PM

To register for single HHD services click the the service above or visit our calendar.

Yom Kippur ~ Teshuvah…Returning to our True Self

Kol Nidrei Service

Tuesday, Oct. 11  7:00 PM

Yom Kippur Morning Service

Wednesday, Oct. 12   10:30 AM

Concurrent Children’s Programming 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Yom Kippur Afternoon

L’Chaim (12-step) Meeting   1:45 PM

Family Service   1:45 PM

Healing Meditation   2:45 PM

Yizkor – Memorial Service   4:45 PM

Neilah – Concluding Service   6:00 PM

Community Break-Fast   7:00 PM

Enjoy bagels, lox, salads, fruit and more, the shared exhilaration that completes the power of the day!

To register for single HHD services click the the service above or visit our calendar.



Children’s Programming

For your children aged 3 – 12, we offer high quality age-appropriate programming during the morning services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  We also provide child care for the evenings of Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre, along with the afternoon of Yom Kippur Day. Preregistration and payment is required. Email info@betalef.org for details.


Our Musicians

At Bet Alef, music is fundamental to the High Holy Days experience. Our musicians lead us in familiar and new melodies which resonate in body and soul, unlocking barriers and supporting a deeper connection to the unique energies of the days.  Our beautiful music is provided by:

Dianna Rose, Music Director and vocals (alto), percussion

Jal Feldman, piano

Celia Curran, vocals (soprano)

Matt Dubin, vocals (tenor)

Larry Nichols, vocals (bass)

Zac Grynberg – cellist

                                                                    Ruby Grynberg – violinist


High Holy Days Resources

Bet Alef’s High Holy Days Machzor (Prayerbook).

Rabbi Olivier BenHaim D’var Rosh Hashanah 2014: Fear of Abraham

Rabbi Olivier BenHaim D’var Rosh Hashanah 2013; The Day Isaac Was Sacrificed

Click here for a YouTube video of Rabbi Olivier during the 2012 Holy Days.

Words of Torah from previous High Holy Days:

Amy Bearmon Yom Kippur Dvar Torah 2013

Amy Bearmon; Yom Kippur Dvar Torah, 2011

Rabbi Olivier BenHaim; Rosh Hashanah 5772; Akedah The Binding of Abraham

Rabbi Olivier BenHaim; Yom Kippur 5773; I Will Write My Torah on Their Heart











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