Meditative High Holy Day Services

High Holy Day services at Bet Alef are an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the profound spiritual container they offer, and engage in the transformative spiritual work this dedicated sacred time allows – from crossing the spiritual threshold on S’lichot to the final blast of the Shofar at the conclusion of Neilah on Yom Kippur. This year, to help us enter more mindfully into the Days of Awe, Rabbi Olivier is pairing up with the Stroum JCC to offer two Meditation Workshops ahead of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

We welcome everyone to High Holy Day services. No one will be turned away due to an inability to pay the full amount. If you need to make financial arrangements or adjustments, please contact us at info@betalef.org

Online Advance Registration is now closed, but you may still register at the door! 

G’mar chatimah tovah!

Schedule of Gatherings

S'lichot - Saturday, September 21st, 2019, 8 PM

Bet Alef’s S’lichot service is our gateway into the energies of the High Holy Days. We gather in community to mark our transitioning into sacred time. This late night service ahead of Rosh Hashanah helps to prepare for the season by deepening our understanding of the challenge of forgiveness, crossing a threshold into a new kind of energy: that of the High Holy Days.
No ticket required — admission is free.

High Holy Days Meditation Workshops - Thursdays, September 19th & October 3rd, 7 PM

Hosted by Stroum JCC in Mercer Island
Thurs. Sept. 19: Rabbi Olivier will guide us through the key teachings of Rosh HaShanah and invite us into Meditation; practicing being with “what is.”
Thurs. Oct. 3: Rabbi Olivier will unpack for us the principles of forgiveness connected to Yom Kippur, and share in a transformative meditation practice.

Registration required, please check for details at www.sjcc.org

Rosh HaShanah ~ A New Year Begins

Erev Rosh HaShanah - Sunday, September 29th, 2019 - 7 PM

Join us as we welcome the New Year and delve more deeply into the personal work that this season allows. We hear, once again, the haunting melodies of the High Holy Days as we step into the “Days of Awe” — the ten days that separate Rosh HaShanah from Yom Kippur. These days represent our opportunity for an inner inventory of our fears and missteps, with the purpose of letting go of the patterns that cause pain to us and others, and that stand as obstacles to our own growth. Childcare is offered during our Rosh HaShanah Eve service.

Rosh HaShanah Morning - Monday, September 30th, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Join us as we welcome the New Year and delve more deeply into the personal work that this season allows. We hear, once again, the haunting melodies of the High Holy Days as we step into the “Days of Awe” — the ten days that separate Rosh HaShanah from Yom Kippur. These days represent our opportunity for an inner inventory of our fears and missteps, with the purpose of letting go of the patterns that cause pain to us and others, and that stand as obstacles to our own growth. Childcare is offered during our Rosh HaShanah Eve service.

Rosh HaShanah Afternoon - Monday, September 30th, 2019 - 1 PM

Community Potluck: 1:00 PM

What to bring?

  • Beverages for yourself (water will be available)
  • Food to serve at least 8 people according to last name: Please include a list of the ingredients in your dish
    • A – H side dish or salad 
    • I- P main dish
    • Q- Z dessert or appetizer
  • Please no dishes with pork or shellfish

Tashlich will follow the Community Potluck at the bank of Lake Washington at Madrona Park at 3:30 PM

Yom Kippur ~ Teshuvah…Returning to our True Self

Kol Nidrei - Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 - 7 PM

Kol Nidrei: Chant of Ages. Its melodies stir within us echoes of past tragedies and triumphs, and call us to deepen yet further the personal spiritual work we have engaged in from S’lichot, to Rosh Hashanah and through the 10 Days of Awe. Childcare is offered during our Kol Nidrei service.

Yom Kippur Morning Service - Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Concurrent Children’s Programming 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Yom Kippur continues from 10:30 AM. All are invited to spend the day in the spiritual immersion that is Yom Kippur. The day itself (with its slow rhythm and invitation to deepening introspection) allows us to dive beneath the surface and touch the deeper yearning of our heart. We offer Children’s Programming for ages 3-12 from 10:30 AM to 1:15 PM, followed by a Family Service at 1:45 PM. Afternoon childcare is available 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Be sure to register your child(ren) for either/both Children’s Programming and afternoon childcare

Yom Kippur Afternoon - Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 - 1:45 PM onwards

1:45 PM
L’Chaim (12-step) Meeting
Family Service

2:45 PM
Healing Meditation

4:45 PM
Yizkor – Memorial Service

6 PM
Neilah – Concluding Service

7 PM
Catered Community Break-Fast*

*Please note that separate registration is required for our fully catered Community Break-Fast, even if you register for Yom Kippur Services individually or all services.

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