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.


Shabbat Services

We are excited to offer multi-platform hybrid services for Shabbat!

 Beginning Friday, November 5th, our NEW service time is 7 PM.
Our last service at 7:30 PM will be October 15th.

Our Shabbat services have resumed 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 and YouTube channel.

For those who wish to attend in person, please check the newsletter for the most up-to-date information on location and parking.

In order to remain as safe as possible and protect the most vulnerable in our community, masks will be required for ALL who attend services regardless of vaccination status. We will, also, not host an Oneg following services and ask that rather than gathering inside the building, you gather outdoors to visit with other members.

 If you plan to attend services in person, please be advised that parking will be available at the Polyclinic garage – after 6 PM.
1145 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
(just south of East Union street)

Please be aware that the Polyclinic garage will close at 10:30 PM and you MUST be out of the lot before then.

Beit Midrash: A Guide to the Perplexed

Shabbat Mornings, 10:30 AM
On Zoom 

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.

If you are unable to find a copy within an affordable price range for you, please e-mail Rabbi Olivier by clicking here and we will make sure to have a copy sent to you. No one is ever prevented from participating at Bet Alef events for lack of funds. 

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 7:30 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 in person in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood, located inside Seattle First Baptist. 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

How to be an Anti-Antisemite

14 Sessions beginning Tuesday, November 2nd, 7 PM

America has recently seen antisemitism flare up on its streets, against its Jewish institutions and, exponentially, online. Public
harassment, desecration of sacred sites & vandalism have multiplied, as have the numbers of fatal shootings. On the far-right, tiki-torches marchers shout on America’s streets: “Jews will not replace us!” On the far-left, Israel-hating activists attack Jews in NYC’s neighborhoods and LA’s restaurants.

This hatred of Jews isn’t new. It is more than 2,000 years old. And though it expresses today in different guises than in the past, the core of what animates antisemitism has remained the same. Understanding this history, tracing back the birth and evolution of the different strands of antisemitism in time, allows us to better spot it, call it out for what it is, and confront it today, something we can no longer postpone doing.

This course is for anyone, Jewish or not, invested in combating racism and prejudice wherever and however it may appear. This is a necessary course. And its time is now.

Join Us For Shabbat!

7 PM 1st & 3rd Friday Evenings beginning November 5th, 2021

Our last service at 7:30 PM will be Friday, October 15th.
All the details for how to take part in our Kabbalat Shabbat evening services and Beit Midrash are posted on our Shabbat page and our Ways to Participate Online page. Our Shabbat Prayer Booklet is also available for download. We look forward to sharing this sacred space with you together.

Below you will find links for Shabbat, information on parking and regathering, and the download link for our Shabbat Prayer Booklet.

Please note that masks are REQUIRED for all who wish to attend services in-person. We also encourage those who have not yet been vaccinated to celebrate with us virtually via one of our many livestream platforms. Thank you for caring for our community in this way.

Mid-Day Meditation with Rabbi Olivier

Join us on Zoom or Facebook Live
Mondays, TuesdaysThursdays, 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.

Contact Us

1111 Harvard Ave
Seattle WA 98122