Welcome to Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue
Bet Alef is an inclusive, progressive, independent Jewish community deeply rooted in the enduring evolving wisdom of our ancient texts and traditions, yet unafraid to borrow and build from other sources in the service of offering a transformative personal spiritual encounter to all who come under our roof. We aren’t your old-school shul!
“Bet Alef” means “The House of the One.” And that house is big enough to include everyone.
Bet Alef is not only committed to personal, spiritual transformation, but also the transformation of our communities through commitment to immigration reform, care for the earth, interfaith interaction and peace-building, lifelong learning and education, and diversity and inclusion in both theory and practice. We are also a registered 501(c)3.
We welcome everyone to join us in by visiting us in Seattle or joining us online.
We are excited to offer multi-platform hybrid services for Shabbat!
Service time is 7 PM.
Our Shabbat services are offered online and in-person on the first and third Fridays of every month. The services will be livestreamed here-above for those who cannot attend in person and available on Bet Alef‘s Facebook page, YouTube channel and Vimeo!
We also are planning on hosting a regular Pre-Neg at 6:30 PM before Shabbat Service. Please subscribe to our Newsletter in order to learn more and get the links to the Zoom room for Pre-Neg. You may also contact our Office Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a Shabbat Pre-Neg Host on Zoom!
For those who wish to attend in person, we meet at the Center for Spiritual Living building
at 6138 Linden Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.
Ample onsite parking is available, as is local neighborhood parking. Please be considerate of neighbors in off hours.
In accordance with Washington state mandates and in alignment with CSL’s own requirements, wearing masks is optional and based on your level of comfort in our space. We fully support and respect those that choose to wear their masks. Thank you for your understanding.
Beit Midrash: A Guide to the Perplexed
Shabbat Mornings, 10:30 AM
Join us on the 1st and 3rd Shabbat mornings for our study of Maimonides’ The Guide of The Perplexed. This controversial text has been a point of contention for centuries in Jewish communities.
This philosophical masterpiece is, indeed, credited for ushering in a new era in Jewish thought and, as such, for being a transformative influence on our people.
Please purchase the translation of The Guide of The Perplexed by Shlomo Pines, which includes an Introductory Essay by Leo Strauss.
Bet Alef has shown itself to be caring, compassionate, engaged and inviting – even when gathering through technology. While we do miss gathering together in person, we are also excited to invite everyone to join us in one of our many points of connection online.
You are very welcome to join us for our Kabbalat Shabbat Services, on the 1st and 3rd Friday evenings of the month at 7:00 PM. These are, of course, free and open to everyone.
We are so glad that it is finally safe for us to gather together again, and you can find us at our new home at the Center for Spiritual Living in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood by Green Lake! We will also continue to gather online, so that we can maintain and sustain these wonderful connections that we have made around the world in this digital time. We will continue to stream and offer ways to participate digitally whenever possible.
Shabbat services are the perfect entry point not only to explore Jewish tradition and spirituality through ancient and modern prayers and practices, but to take a break from the hectic pace of our busy lives and gather together to remember that we are human *beings* and not just human *doings.*
Shabbat at Bet Alef synagogue is a regular oasis from our busy, over-stimulated, clock-driven lives. Come rest, reflect, re-connect to and remember the Oneness that we are. They are also a bridge to carry our mind, body, and spirit from the work-week into the fullness of Shabbat, and a laboratory to learn more about and experience the Jewish mystical path.
Celebrate With Us
Join us on Zoom or here…
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
from 12 noon to 12:30 PM
We will take 30 minutes together to meditate and be connected.
These beautiful moments are a quiet oasis of digital interconnectedness in the midst of a new, constantly changing world.