Hashiveinu - Turn us back inward: High Holy Days 5781
These High Holy Days, Rabbi Olivier invites us to take a step back and a deep breath, to expand our consciousness beyond the constricting addictions of the conditioned mind; to mourn and release what has been and can no longer be, that we might transform ourselves into the beings this moment is inviting us to become.
Welcome to Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue
Our Seattle synagogue 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 for services and to serve the greater Seattle community.
"Stay Home, Stay Healthy" doesn't mean we can't be together for Shabbat!
We currently gather online to experience Shabbat while we are unable to gather in person: for Torah Study and with weekly blessings for Kabbalat Shabbat.
Join us for Torah Study via Zoom on the 1st & 3rd Bet Alef Shabbat Saturday morning at 10:30 AM
Join us for Shabbat Evening Blessings live-streamed directly from Rabbi Olivier’s home.
While the best way to experience our community is to visit us in person, with our current restrictions in King County, we are inviting everyone to join us in one of our many points of connection online.
You are very welcome to join us for our weekly Evening Shabbat Blessings, on Friday evenings at 7 PM. These are, of course, free and open to everyone.
When we open back up, you can find us in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood, located inside Seattle First Baptist. 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 Facebook Live
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.
How to Join Us For Shabbat Online
All the details for how to take part in our recorded services, evening blessings, and Torah study are posted on our Ways to Participate Online page. Our Shabbat Prayer Booklet and Sefaria's Pirkei Avot are also available for download. We look forward to sharing this sacred space with you together.
S’lichot Service, Saturday, Sept. 12, 8PM
Rosh HaShana Eve, Friday Sept.18, 7PM
Rosh HaShanah Day, Saturday Sept. 19, 10:30AM
Tashlich Ceremony to follow in the afternoon
Yom Kippur, an Online Meditation Retreat
Kol Nidrei, Sunday Sept. 27, 7PM
Yom Kippur Day, Monday Sept. 28, 10:30AM – 7PM
Our spiritual teachers have taught us long ago that the world we see on the outside is but a reflection of the world we encounter on the inside. Today more than ever is the work of introspection, of taking responsibility and making amends, of healing and whole-ing—in short, the work of Teshuvah—required of us. These High Holy Days, Rabbi Olivier invites us to take the long view and a deep breath, that we might see beyond news of the day and shift our consciousness toward the next 100 years. Only from a place of such expanded consciousness, our sages have taught us, can transform ourselves into the beings that will create the future we are all yearning for.
Physical Distance leads to Creative Connections!
As the global Covid-19 situation continues to unfold here in Seattle, we are choosing to practice physical distancing under our “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order while maintaining our social connection in creative new ways. If you are joining us locally, we look forward to seeing you in person soon, and if you have found us from far away, we want to welcome you to be a part of our larger community.
After all, we are all in this together!
Rabbi Olivier now offers online Mid-Day Meditation throughout the week, and we are working hard to transform our traditional times together like Shabbat and High Holy Days into an online-accessible interactive experience! Scroll down for more information about our community, or use the quicklinks below.