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The Humble Path to Remembering Your Self
High Holy Days 5782


Live Stream Troubleshooting Tips

We are aware that some of you have experienced various levels of success with our Live Stream. For best results, we recommend using direct connection (rather than wifi) to your internet if possible, and if you wish to stream from a smart TV or other large monitor, you can use an HMDI cable to attach your laptop to the screen.
It also seems that the Chrome, Edge, and Firefox browsers have the best stream performance. We know that some of you have experienced issues with viewing the stream on older iPads. We recommend, if possible, making sure you are updated to the most current version of your operating system and browser app or trying a different browser for this experience. Also minimizing the other applications in use can be incredibly helpful for your Live Stream health.
I can't log in!
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  2. If you cannot remember your password, click on the little link below the login box that says “Forgot Password”
  3. Reset your password and log back in
  4. If you are still unable to log in, please contact Karen at karen@betalef.org or Katie at katie@betalef.org and we will attempt to send you a login link that will work specifically for your account.
The Stream is soooooo slow!
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  2. Try closing all other applications. Often having too many browser windows open or other applications like Office or Adobe can take up a great deal of your system’s resources. Shutting them down temporarily will allow your computer to perform better.
  3. If you are using your phone data or wifi, please note that your internet quality or speed may not be ideal. Feel free to try using a site like https://www.speedtest.net/ to verify your speed. Most streaming services recommend a speed of at least 15-25 MBps (megabytes per second) for HD video (which our services currently are). If your speed is slower than this, you also can click on the GEAR icon in the lower corner of the Vimeo player and force it to play the video at a lower resolution to improve the stream flow.
I want to watch the service on my Smart TV!
  1. If you wish to watch the stream on your smart tv or large monitor, please use your laptop and an HDMI cable to connect the two. You can click on the arrows in the bottom right-hand corner next to the Vimeo logo in order to maximize the screen to full-screen.
  2. We are currently not streaming the service via our YouTube channel in order to respect our registration process and keep participation available exclusively to those who have registered.
  3. You can also read more about how to create a sacred space at home for services by re-reading Rabbi Olivier’s email from before Rosh HaShanah here:
Why am I seeing an old service and not the Live Stream?
We keep the previous service up on our website as long as possible (usually close to the start of the next service) to allow those in different time zones to catch up. If, therefore, you still see the previously recorded service as you log on, instead of the LiveStream announcement, please refresh your screen approximately 15 minutes before the next service begins.

We have made the difficult decision to transition our Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services from a hybrid format to exclusively ONLINE.

**Please see below for an updated Service Schedule**

Our S’lichot and September Shabbat services this year will be a hybrid format with private live-streaming online, and limited in-person seating at the Center for Spiritual Living in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood by Green Lake. With in person attendance reduced, mask-wearing will be mandatory (no exceptions), and advance registration for tickets will be required.

All registrations moving forward for Rosh HaShanah & Yom Kippur will be for our online services only.
Please continue reading for all the registration details.

You must be an up-to-date sustaining member of Bet Alef to be eligible for Early Bird Registration. If you have any questions or need assistance becoming a sustaining member or retrieving your login information, please email Karen, our Executive Director at karen@betalef.org.

**Please note that you must be logged in in order to access member pricing**

Rabbi Olivier’s Focus for This Year’s High Holy Days

The great early masters of the Chasidic movement of Eastern Europe, some 250 years ago, described the spiritual journey as an evolution from the egotism of the separate sense of self, to one maturing toward ever deeper humbleness, to the ultimate dissolving of the self into the Self.
They used a play on words, in Hebrew, to describe this journey
from ani, אֲנִי (i am), to ani, עָנִי (humble), to ain, אֵין (nothingness).

One of the paths that lead us into such depth of practice is the path of forgiveness that the High Holy Days challenge us to walk every year. Rabbi Olivier proposes to match each of the three unfolding Chasidic stages to the three major convocations of the Days of Awe: S’lichot, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. You are invited to come discover together in community the personal transformation that is possible when we engage in such profound practices.

Schedule of Services

S'lichot - Saturday, August 28, 2020, 8 PM

We will meet the special melodies of the High Holy Days, and transition into the unique energies of the Days of Awe with a Havdalah service.

S’lichot services will, as always, be free and open to everyone. They will be live-streamed for all on our Facebook and YouTube channel. However, due to restricted seating capacity, those wishing to attend in-person MUST REGISTER for S’lichot. Tickets will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. We will have standby seating on August 28 for unclaimed seats.

Rosh HaShanah ~ A New Year Begins

Rosh HaShanah Eve 5781- Monday, September 6th, 7 PM - ONLINE

Rosh HaShanah Day - Tuesday, September 7th, 10:30 AM - ONLINE

Rosh HaShanah Tashlich - Tuesday, September 7th, 3:30 PM

Plan to meet in the parking lot at Center for Spiritual Living NO LATER than 3:30 PM and we will walk together to Green Lake for our annual Tashlich Ceremony, rain or no rain. 

We will observe social distancing rules and wear masks to keep each other safe. Please, stay home, if you are unable/unwilling to adhere to this requirement.

Whether you will be joining us in-person or celebrate individually, click here to download and print our Tashlich handout. For COVID-safety reasons, Rabbi Olivier will not be handing extra copies on Saturday.

Yom Kippur, the Day of at-One-Ment

Kol Nidrei - Wednesday, September 15th, 7 PM - ONLINE

We will chant three times the words of the Kol Nidrei, listen to the unique songs and prayers of that powerful night, and carve out multiple windows for meditation and introspection.

Yom Kippur: An Introspective Retreat - Thursday, September 16th, 10:30 AM-7 pm - ONLINE

Yom Kippur, Thursday, September 16th, 10:30AM – 7PM, will start with a shortened morning service that will include Torah chanting, deepening conversations, our favorite High Holy Days songs and prayers, and sharing the Priestly Blessing with one another. Early afternoon will transition to the study of the Book of Jonah, our Yizkor and Neilah services will meet us early evening, and all will be interspersed by three meditation sessions, one of which will be dedicated to healing. 

  • 10:30 AM: Shacharit/Morning Service
  • 12:30 PM: Mid-Day Meditation
  • 1:30 PM:   Mincha Study of the Book of Jonah
  • 2:40 PM:   Annual Healing Meditation
  • 3:40 PM:   Afternoon Meditation
  • 4:45 PM:   Yizkor Service
  • 6:00 PM:   Neilah Service

Please note: The streaming link is the same for all services. It will remain open all day allowing you to come in and out as needed. We ask that, especially for the meditation sessions, you join-in a few minutes early so that you are able to join us from the beginning.

Please note that at our Yizkor service we will read the names of those who have passed since Yom Kippur of last year. If you have a name to add, please let us know as soon as possible at info@betalef.org.

Member Pricing – ALL ONLINE:
Family Full Series (family/multi) – $235
Individual Adult Full Series – $165
Family Single Service (family/multi) – $135
Individual Single Service – $70

Non-Member Pricing:
Family Full Series (family/multi) – $355
Individual Adult Full Series – $245
Family Single Service (family/multi) – $210
Individual Single Service – $110

You must login to the member portal to receive member discounts and access to Early Bird Registration!

We are so grateful for all of the friends and family who joined us for last year’s High Holy Days services. 

One of the silver linings of virtual services is that we can relive some of those moments.  All of the videos from the High Holy Days are now up on our YouTube channel. Please use the power of these songs whenever you feel the need for inspiration, contemplation, meditation.

And if you haven’t yet seen the musician’s outtakes video, here’s the link (needed to view it). https://youtu.be/lB0D1LWbtJk

Our spiritual teachers have long taught us 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 is inviting 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.