What is Bet Alef?

Our name means “The House of the One.” And that house is big enough to include every one. We are 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 are not your old-school shul! And the best way to meet us is to come to one of our Shabbat services.

Our Shabbat Services

Our Shabbat services provide a perfect entry point for people to not only 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*. They are a regular oasis from our over- busy, over-stimulated, clock-driven lives, a time to 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.

Coming Soon

Bring a Friend Shabbat!

Friday, September 6th 
7:30 PM

This is our annual Shabbat Service where Rabbi Olivier retraces the history of Bet Alef ahead of its 26th anniversary this year, and reintroduces us to the core teachings that make our community unique. We encourage everyone to invite a friend who perhaps has expressed curiosity or might be interested in checking us out and learn more about Bet Alef in a relaxed and inclusive Shabbat Service.

Celebrate B'nai Mitzvah with us this Summer!

We are celebrating so many of our young members as they come of age and participate in our time-honored tradition of B'nai Mitzvah. These young men and women have studied and practiced and the Bet Alef community is delighted and honored to invite you to join us for these special Shabbat Morning Services thorughout the summer. Email us at info@betalef.org or subscribe to our newsletter to learn more about our students.

High Holy Days

September 29th - October 9th

As the New Year approaches, we  invite you to join us on a journey beyond the frame of rituals and reawaken to the deeper spiritual teachings available during the High Holy Days— from Havdalah on S’lichot to the final sound of the Shofar on Yom Kippur. This year, we will seek to find the spiritual resilience needed to navigate our way forward in these challenging times. 


Contact Us

1111 Harvard Ave
Seattle WA 98122

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