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The Humble Path to Remembering Your Self
High Holy Days 5782


Our 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.

Our Early Bird Registration (for members only) opens on July 15th, 2021 and runs through July 31st. The Early Bird Lottery for in-person tickets will occur on August 1st.
Regular Registration (for members and non-members) opens on August 1st and the final lottery for in-person tickets will happen on September 1st. All registrations must be completed by August 31st to be included in this lottery. All registrations after August 31st will be for our online services only. Those wishing to attend online only can register at any point in time beginning July 15th for members and August 1st for non-members. Please ensure that if you wish to be included in the lottery for in-person tickets that you have registered no later than August 31st.
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 or the Early Bird Registration**

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.

For Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, we will have a slightly different system in place to ensure equity in our community. This year, paid in-person tickets will be assigned via lottery. Members will have exclusive advance access to tickets through Early Bird Registration. Immediately after Early Bird registration closes (July 31), we will hold a lottery among those registered for those who wish to attend services in person. The lottery will be conducted on a per-household basis. Those who do not receive in-person tickets in our first lottery will be given a second chance when we open up registration to the general public. Their registrations will be added to the second, General Lottery on September 1st. This lottery will include any registration for both members and non-members, which will begin August 1st.

Any registrations after September 1st will be limited to online participation only, as all tickets will already be assigned via our lottery.

All those who are selected in the lottery will receive PAPER tickets. These MUST be presented at services for admission. You may transfer or give (but not sell) these tickets to another if you wish, but your household will only receive the number of tickets for the officially registered attendees.
Do *not* lose these tickets as we will not be able to replace them.

We know that this system is new. As we anticipate your questions, we also encourage you – as members – to register as soon as possible, especially if you wish to attend in person. Everyone who registers will receive the information to attend services live-streaming online, regardless of their in-person ticket status. We ask that you do not share these online links with anyone who has not registered.

Rosh HaShanah ~ A New Year Begins

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

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

Rosh HaShanah Tashlich - Tuesday, September 7th, after lunch

We will gather in-person, for our annual Tashlich Ceremony at Green Lake, rain or no rain. Following our morning service and picnic lunch together, we will walk across to Green Lake.
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

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 Day - Thursday, September 16th, 10:30 AM-7 pm

Yom Kippur Day will start with a shortened morning service that will include Torah chanting, deepening conversations, our favorite High Holiday songs and prayers, and blessing one another. Early afternoon will transition to the study of the Book of Jonah, our Yizkor and Neilah service will meet us early evening, and all will be interspersed by meditation sessions, one of which dedicated to healing.

Member Pricing:
Online: Full Series (family/multi) – $235
Online: Individual Service (family/multi) – $135 each

In Person or Online: Full Series Individual Adult (13+) – $165
In Person or Online: Individual Service Adult (13+) – $70 each

In Person: Full Series Individual Youth (age 3-12) – $80
In Person: Individual Service Youth (age 3-12) – $30 each

Non-Member Pricing:
Online: Full Series (family/multi) – $355
Online: Individual Service (family/multi) – $210 each

In Person or Online: Full Series Individual Adult (13+) – $245
In Person or Online: Individual Service Adult (13+) – $110 each

In Person: Full Series Individual Youth (age 3-12) – $120
In Person: Individual Service Youth (age 3-12) – $45 each

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.