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B’Sefer Chayim – in the Book of Life

High Holy Days 5783

If you have any difficulty viewing the stream, please feel free to visit our feed on the App, Facebook, or our YouTube channel.

You can also see some troubleshooting tips down below! 

Registration for In Person and Online Only Services are now open to ALL!

B’Sefer Chayim – in the Book of Life

High Holy Days 5783

 

Registration for In-Person and Online services is currently open to ALL.

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 or download our App, use YouTube, or Facebook.
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.

The Stream is soooooo slow!
  1. Try to connect directly to your router using an ethernet cable. If you have never done this before, you can normally get both the cable and a USB adapter for your device at Office Depot or another office/computer supply store.
  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, the App is available on Roku or we are streaming live on YouTube. If you’d like to use a  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 in order to maximize the screen to full-screen.
  2. We will not be streaming the Rosh HaShanah or Yom Kippur services via our YouTube channel in order to respect our registration process and keep participation available exclusively to those who have registered. If you would like to register now for those services, use the buttons above or below to take you to our registration page.
  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:
    https://mailchi.mp/betalef/get-the-most-out-of-vitrual-high-holy-days-1328923
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 are excited to be able to offer our High Holy Days services both in-person and via live streaming to all our registered participants. Our in-person services will be capped at 160 people so please be sure to register early if you wish to attend in-person.

**Please read all details below, as our registration procedure has changed**

 

Online registration and streaming will happen almost identically to our process from last year, and registration opens August 1st. If you are contemplating becoming a sustaining member, we encourage you to consider joining now for the in-person ticket discounts and more.

As always, we do not want anyone to miss out on High Holy Days for financial reasons. If you require confidential financial assistance, have any difficulty logging into your account or have any questions about our registration process, please email our office at administrator@betalef.org.

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

There seems to be a general dizzying feeling that the whole world is falling apart. This malaise many of us experience comes from the sense we often get that what once seemed so real, so solid and enduring is now crumbling right before our eyes. We are now seeing the narrative upon which our civilization was built for the emptiness that it is. Worse, what we once embraced as a story of eternal progress—where all the wrongs would be righted and science would fix everything—was written atop immense human suffering, environmental desecration and destruction, and increasing dehumanization and social isolation to name but a sample of its massive collateral damage. We have written, it now seems undeniable, the story of Western Civilization in the Book of Death.

Journey with us through these High Holy Days, as we uncover what lies at the core of what ails our civilization and ourselves, what we can do about it, and how we can become empowered to write a new story—the story of our tomorrow.

This time, we will write it in the Book of Life.

Schedule of Services

Preparation Workshop - Tuesday, September 13th, 7 PM

Join us to learn more about the meaning of our High Holy Days and how to prepare your hearts and minds for the coming Jewish year. We will be meeting in person in the Bet Alef Living Room (806 N 64th St) at 7 PM and will stream via Zoom.

S'lichot - Saturday, September 17th, 8 PM

Join us as we meet the special melodies of the High Holy Days, and transition into the unique energies of the Days of Awe with a Havdalah service. This year, as we will dress our new Torah in her High Holy Days garb, we will unveil the gorgeous new Torah Cover and Choshen (breastplate) that our members have gifted our community.

S’lichot services will, as always, be free and open to everyone and will also be live-streamed for all on our website, our App, Roku and Apple TV, as well as on our Facebook and YouTube channels.

Rosh HaShanah ~ The New Year

Erev Rosh HaShanah - Sunday, September 25th, 7 PM

Enter into the energies of the New Year by stepping into a holy space of transition away from the hurried busy-ness of the world.

Our Rosh HaShanah service is our gateway into the transformative energies of the High Holy Days. We gather in community to step more fully into sacred time, our retreating into the recess of the reflective silence of the soul.

Rosh HaShanah - Monday, September 26th

How should we start a New Year? What kind of energies do we want to immerse ourselves into on the first morning of a renewed spiritual cycle? Our sages equate Rosh HaShanah with the first day of Creation in Genesis. What individual life-Creation or personal re-Creation could such a day invite us into as the blasts of the Shofar wake us up to writing ourselves in the Book of Life?

10:30 AM – Morning Service

1 PM – Community Potluck

3 PM – Tashlich (meet at the Sanctuary to walk to Green Lake)

Yom Kippur
the Day of at-One-Ment

Kol Nidrei - Tuesday, October 4th, 7 PM

Psalm 118 pleads: “Open for me the gates of righteousness that I may enter and give thanks to the Eternal.” Through our Kol Nidrei service we, too, plead that the gates of our heart be open that we might do the work of forgiveness and healing the Day of At-One-Ment makes available to all of us. That we may be renewed. That we may be whole again.

Yom Kippur - Wednesday, October 5th, 10:30 AM - 7 PM

Yom Kippur will start with a morning service that will include Torah chanting, 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 – Morning Service
1:45 PM – Book of Jonah Study
2:45 PM – Healing Meditation
3:45 PM – Yom Kippur Walk
4:45 PM – Yizkor Memorial Service
6:00 PM – Neilah Concluding Service

Break-Fast - Wednesday, October 5th, 7 PM

Join us as we break our fast in community with a delicious menu prepared by our amazing caterer Mangia Bene. Registration is a separate line item on our High Holy Days in person registration. If you plan to eat, please ensure to reserve your meal!

Online Service Pricing

Individual Full Series (1 Person, 1 Screen) – $150
Young Adult Individual Full Series (1 Person, 1 Screen, ages 18-30) – $90
Household Full Series (1 household, shared screen) – $235
Individual Single Service (1 Person, 1 Screen) – $70 each
Young Adult Individual Single Service (1 Person, 1 Screen, ages 18-30) – $40 each
Household Single Service (1 household, shared screen) – $135 each

You must login to the member portal to receive member discounts!

In Person Service Pricing

You must log in to your member account in order to receive member discounts.

Children may attend services free of charge; however, there will be no specific child care or children’s programming.

If you require confidential financial assistance, have any difficulty logging into your account or have any questions about our registration process, please email our office at administrator@betalef.org.

Member Pricing

Individual Full Series – $180
Young Adult Full Series (ages 18-30) – $120
Youth Full Series (ages 13-18) – $90
Individual Single Service – $80 each
Young Adult Single Service (ages 18-30) – $50 each
Youth Single Service (ages 13-18) – $40 each

You must login to the member portal to receive member discounts!

Non-Member Pricing

Individual Full Series – $260
Young Adult Full Series (ages 18-30) – $130
Youth Full Series (ages 13-18) – $110
Individual Single Service – $120 each
Young Adult Single Service (ages 18-30) – $60 each
Youth Single Service (ages 13-18) – $50 each

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 App: High Holy Days Music – Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue (subsplash.com). Please use the power of these songs whenever you feel the need for inspiration, contemplation, meditation.

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.