Join Bet Alef Online!
One of the most encouraging and beautiful side-effects of the current Covid pandemic is our ability to connect with friends all around the world, both near and far. We want to welcome all of our visitors from the Seattle area, as well as nationally and globally. Our Bet Alef community seeks to be welcoming and open to all those looking for a joyful home for Jewish spirituality and meditative practice – no matter where you are!
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.
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.
"Socially Distanced" 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. These gatherings are wonderful ways to remain connected to others and to find spiritual depth and practice while we are unable to gather in person to protect one another from Covid. We hope that you will join us for these regular gatherings and invite your friends and family to join us as well!
Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat Evening Services via Zoom and live-streamed directly from Rabbi Olivier’s home to Facebook and YouTube on the 1st and 3rd Friday evenings at 7 PM.
Join us for our 5781 Beit Midrash: The Guide for the Perplexed – a study of Maimonides – on the 1st and 3rd Shabbat Saturday mornings at 10:30 AM.
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 PM. These are, of course, free and open to everyone. On Shabbat mornings following our Kabbalat Shabbat Services, for the year of 5781 (2020-2021) we are hosting a Beit Midrash on Maimonides’ “The Guide for the Perplexed” at 10:30 AM. We hope that these points of connection on Shabbat will help you feel connected to your Jewish practice and our beloved community.
When it is safe for us to gather together again, 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
Our afternoon will alternate between 50-minute-long meditation sessions, short teachings from our rabbi as well as the opportunity to ask questions about your meditation practice. We will break for dinner—a traditionally dairy meal—and come back together in the evening lighting our holiday candles and immersing ourselves in Torah and the deeper meaning of Revelation.
Rabbi Olivier is making this retreat available to all—Jewish or not, Bet Alef member or not, near or far—at no cost. We hope, if your heart so moves you, that you will make a donation to support this sacred work.
Please note—as you decide for yourself which platform to join in—that though the retreat will be live-streamed on our Facebook and YouTube pages, Rabbi Olivier will only be able to interact live with participants on Zoom.
How to Join Us For Shabbat Online
All the details for how to take part in our Kabbalat Shabbat evening services and Beit Midrash 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.
Beit Midrash 5781: The Guide of the Perplexed
Saturdays at 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.