Ways to Participate Online

We may be unable to gather together in person, but there are many ways to participate online and connect with others. 

Mid-Day Meditation with Rabbi Olivier

Join us on Zoom or Facebook Live
Mondays, TuesdaysThursdays, and Fridays
from 12 noon to 12:30 PM
We will take 30 minutes together to meditate and be connected.

These beautiful moments are a quiet oasis of digital interconnectedness in the midst of a new, constantly changing world.

Beit Midrash 5781: The Guide of the Perplexed

Begins Saturday, October 17, 2020, 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.

If you are unable to find a copy within an affordable price range for you, please e-mail Rabbi Olivier by clicking here and we will make sure to have a copy sent to you. No one is ever prevented from participating at Bet Alef events for lack of funds. 

Find Us on Social Media!

While Zoom is our major platform for online gatherings right now, we are also doing our best to stream everything to Facebook Live. We are also working on ensuring that our YouTube channel remains a resource for you.

You can always visit our YouTube Channel for meditations, messages on Torah Portions, and fun Purim Shpiel services. 

Kabbalat Shabbat Services

1st & 3rd Friday Evenings

7 PM in person and streaming

Kabbalat Shabbat Services

Join Rabbi Olivier, our musicians, and community to share Kabbalat Shabbat Evening Services over candles, wine, and bread, either in person (at Seattle First Baptist Church) or in the comfort of your own home. Connect with others and usher in the peaceful oasis of Shabbat in community.

Service Details

Our Shabbat services are offered online and in-person on the first and third Fridays of every month. The services will be livestreamed here-above for those who cannot attend in person and available on Bet Alef‘s Facebook page, YouTube channel and via Zoom!

We will open the room at 6:55 and begin streaming the service as it begins at 7 PM (PST).
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As we attempt to create these spaces once again, we are looking for hosts who are willing to moderate the chat, let in our guests, and ensure that the video is being shared within the Zoom.

Contact our Office Manager at administrator@betalef.org if you are interested in being a Shabbat Host on Zoom!

Address:
1111 Harvard Ave
Seattle WA 98122

 If you plan to attend services in person, please be advised that parking will be available at the Polyclinic garage – after 6 PM.
1145 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
(just south of East Union street)

Please be aware that the Polyclinic garage will close at 10:30 PM and you MUST be out of the lot before then.

In order to remain as safe as possible and protect the most vulnerable in our community, masks will be required for ALL who attend services regardless of vaccination status.

Beit Midrash: The Guide for the Perplexed with Rabbi Olivier

 1st & 3rd Bet Alef Shabbat Mornings 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.

If you are unable to find a copy within an affordable price range for you, please e-mail Rabbi Olivier by clicking here and we will make sure to have a copy sent to you. No one is ever prevented from participating at Bet Alef events for lack of funds. 

 If you plan to attend services in person, please be advised that parking will be available at the Polyclinic garage - after 5:45 PM.
1145 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
(just south of East Union street)

Please be aware that the Polyclinic garage will close at 9:30 PM and you MUST be out of the lot before then.

Bet Alef COVID Vaccination Verification Protocols for Shabbat Services 

Our goal is to provide a safe environment for all of our congregants and staff. As part of that, and in coordination with Seattle First Baptist, we are adopting King County's recent protocols regarding COVID-19 vaccine status. 

We reviewed the King County guidance and also reviewed the procedures of several businesses in the area. The following are now in effect:

Staff and volunteers will check vaccine status at the door for those 12 and over as follows:

  • CDC vaccination card or photo of vaccination card.
  • Documented proof of vaccination from medical record or vaccine provider.
  • Printed certificate or QR code from MyIRMobile.com.

Those with validated vaccination status have the option to have a sticker placed on the back of their name tag for future reference and to avoid future checks.  

For people who are not vaccinated (for any reason):

  • People who are unvaccinated or cannot prove vaccination status will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered in the last 72 hours.
    • A negative FDA-approved molecular test (also called a PCR test)
    • A negative FDA-approved antigen test (also called a rapid test)
    • Documentation must be from a testing agent such as a laboratory, health care provider, or pharmacy.
  • Self-administered rapid tests (also called a home test) are not currently accepted.

Thank you for working with us to keep our community safe. And if you are bringing guests, please make sure they are aware of this policy as we reserve the right to refuse entrance to anyone not able to follow these guidelines.

Thank you again. 

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! 

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