All Are Welcome at Bet Alef
Bet Alef is an inclusive, egalitarian, progressive Jewish community. What does this mean? It means that we welcome anyone who is curious or engaging in those values as part of their own spiritual journey. It means that we walk alongside each other – from all walks of life – as we discover our spirituality together, lift up one another, and carry each other when we need it. This means that when we say “All are welcome here…” it is a deeply held conviction and value. In case you’re still wondering..
I am not Jewish, or I am part of an interfaith family, am I welcome
Yes! We are an inclusive community, with Universal spiritual teachings and practices. Many of our members were raised in different faith traditions, and we welcome interfaith relationships, partnerships, and participation. Bring your whole self to service, regardless of your spiritual background, and we promise to meet you exactly where you are.
I’m LGBTQ, am I welcome?
Absolutely. We just recently hosted Seattle’s PRIDE Shabbat for 2018. It was a privilege and so much fun to invite all of our friends, families, allies, and those deeply embedded in that rich community into our home for this special service. Check out the YouTube link on the right!
I was raised Orthodox, am I welcome?
Of course. We do want to let you know in advance that our synagogue is a shared space, meaning we do not have a kosher kitchen, but also that our observation of kashrut is different from most Orthodox communities. At our Oneg and shared meals, we try to always provide ingredients and vegetarian options for those who are trying to observe.
I don't know anything about meditation, am I welcome?
Sure. We’d love to help you explore that side of your spirituality.
I am a person of color, am I welcome?
At Bet Alef, we value diversity, and are learning together about how to better support our friends of color, addressing what it means to be white, and working with experts in the field of Racial Reconciliation. We believe that Black lives matter, and are committed to the deep work of antiracism. Your voice, your presence, your uniqueness, your ethnicity… these are all valuable to us.
I am an immigrant, am I welcome?
Rabbi Olivier himself is an immigrant. We are actively seeking justice in areas of immigration policy, reform, the presence of a detention center in our region, and other ways in which we can help our brothers and sisters from other nations find the thriving life and blessing that we have found here in the USA. We support you and welcome you within our walls.
I am a Millennial (Boomer, Gen Xer, etc), am I welcome?
All ages, all stages are welcome at Bet Alef. Your age does not matter to us nearly as much as your presence, your participation, and your authentic engagement with our community. We value intergenerational experiences and lifelong learning and try to provide entry points, learning opportunities and connections for people from our youngest pre-schoolers through high school, college, young family life, and beyond. Your wisdom and life experience – in any generation – only enriches our community.