Bali logo for webThe Bet Alef Learning Institute

The Bet Alef Learning Institute (BALI) was created to expand our community’s commitment to education, spirituality and tikkun olam (healing the world).

BALI welcomes Bet Alef members and those in the greater community to participate together by presenting guest teachers who speak on meaningful and wide-ranging topics and by offering events that encourage a more inclusive understanding of our world.


Not in Our Name!
ICE & Immigration Issues in WA State
Learn & Take Action

Saturday, October 20th, 3-5 PM
at Hillel UW, 4745 17th Ave NE, Seattle

Sponsored by Bet Alef Learning Institute, Hillel UW, & Congregation Eitz Or

Speakers include:
Robert Free: Immigration Attorney Emeritus (ACLU)
Adam Shapiro: Immigration Attorney Volunteer (NWIRP)
Eric Holzapfel: Immigration Manager, Entre Hermanos & Bond Fund Lead, WAISN

Funds collected to support Washington Immigrant Society Network (WAISN) Bond Fund, used to secure the release of immigrants held in Tacoma’s detention center.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Lynne Carol at

Previous BALI Events:


What Does It Mean To Be White?

755636-250“What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race?” Dr. DiAngelo described the way race shapes the lives of White people, explained what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society.




rabbiroth_colorA Shabbat of Mindfulness with Rabbi Jeff Roth

Bet Alef welcomed Rabbi Jeff Roth, founder and director of The Awakened Heart Project for Contemporary Judaism. Rabbi Roth will join Bet Alef’s Rabbi BenHaim in leading Kabbalat Shabbat service Friday Dec. 2nd and Shabbat morning services Saturday Dec.3rd. Additionally Rabbi Roth will offer a series of teachings and times for Jewish meditation practice throughout the day. (See Schedule below) 


Sacred Sources to Heal the Earth

Waskow PicA Weekend with Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman. Rabbi Waskow, author of many books, founded the Shalom Center in 1983. The Shalom Center equips activists and spiritual leaders with awareness and skills needed to lead in shaping a transformed and transformative Judaism that can help create a world of peace, justice, healing for the earth, and respect for the interconnectedness of all life. Learn more about the Shalom Center here.

The Shalom Center’s current focus is working to combat, and educate about, climate change: “Addressing the climate crisis of ‘global scorching’ and working to end American addiction to over-use of oil and coal that poses extreme danger to the web of life, including human civilization, on Planet Earth.”


Sylvia Photo 2_2011

Opening to Inner Clarity: The Gift of a Pure Heart with Sylvia Boorstein.




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