Family Learning at Bet Alef

A Unique Spiritual Jewish Education For Your Family

Our Family Learning Program is dedicated to the belief that continuing to support and nourish a deepening meaningful Jewish life for your family, and creating a community of spiritually committed adults around and for your children is the blessing that Bet Alef is meant to offer.

Our year is chock-full of amazing events for families, children and anyone who is looking for an engaging way to connect with community and to enhance their spiritual journey. Programming includes education opportunities for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-7 as well as Shabbat and Holiday celebrations. Learn more about Bet Alef teacher Jacob Glickman.

2017-18 Family Programming

Saturday Mornings Monthly — Starting November 4th.

Nov. 4th, Dec. 2ndJan. 6thFeb. 3rdMarch 3rdApril 7thMay 5th, and June 2ndbetween 10:00AM and 12:00 PM

On the Saturdays following our First-Friday Shabbat services, between 10:00AM and 12PM (and while parents attend Torah Study,) our new teacher, Jacob Glickman, will lead programming for children in grades K-2 at the Bet Alef office. Jacob will blend learning about Jewish holidays, with Hebrew Alef-Bet, and many Jewish songs. We will end our learning time together with a family potluck lunch at the Bet Alef office.
PS: If you want to attend Torah Study and your child(ren) is older, Jacob will look to provide individuated learning as well, class-size allowing. Please register for that separately.

Grades 3-5
Monday Evenings Weekly — Starting October 16th.

Jan. 8, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21 between 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM

On Monday evenings (following the school-year calendar,) from 4:30-6:00PM at the Bet Alef office, Jacob will offer a comprehensive learning program for children grades 3-5. Participation in this program is mandatory for children planning to have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Bet Alef.
The first half of each session will be dedicated to learning Hebrew (Beginners & then Level 1). The second half will focus on Jewish spiritual practices and values (Mitzvot). Students will progress to higher Hebrew levels over the 3 years of the program and before continuing with Rabbi Oliver in the B’nai Mitzvah course, grades 6-7.

All Ages
Third Saturdays Monthly

On the Saturdays following our Third-Friday Shabbat services, between 10:30-12:00PM, kids of all ages (and their parents) are invited to participate in a Shabbat Morning Service led by the incredibly talented musician, Chava Mirell, and by Rabbi Olivier. This service will be followed by a family potluck lunch at the Bet Alef office. Attending this service is mandatory for all students in the B’nai Mitzvah program.
Confirmed dates for 5778 are: Oct. 21stDec. 16thFeb. 17thApril 21stMay 19th and June 16th. Make sure to mark your calendar.


Saturday Morning Programming.
$270 per student, per year, for members.
$360 per student, per year, for non-members.

Monday Evening Programming.
$500 per student, per year, for members.
$600 per student, per year, for non-members.

For more information about this program or the additional B’nai Mitzvah program,  e-mail Rabbi Olivier. To register contact Maren at the Bet Alef office.


Shabbat/Havdalah Family Celebrations:

Continuing and expanding a bit on our tradition of family potluck Shabbat celebrations. There will be blessings, great food, and special Shabbat programming for the kids at each event. These events will be held at Bet Alef, and will take place in the evenings.

Family Holiday Celebrations:

Set up like a learning fair – each event will include hands on learning about the holiday, crafts, cooking, music and games. It will be a wonderful way for families to celebrate and learn together.


Jacob Glickman – Bet Alef Teacher

Jacob was raised in a household with one parent as a rabbi and the other a public school teacher, and thus Judaism and education have always been a present force in his life. During his high school years, Jacob attended Tacoma School of the Arts where he majored in Music Theory and Composition.

In his free time he served on the Regional Board of the local NFTY region as Religious and Cultural Vice President and then President. Wanting to expand his horizons, he spent time at Pacific Lutheran University where he studied music and majored in Philosophy. Since high school, Jacob has also been a regular staff member at the URJ Camp Kalsman as a counselor, Unit Head, and most recently Head Songleader. Jacob is passionate about fostering critical thinking and a sense of morality through the study of Jewish culture and heritage. Jacob currently works as the Youth Advisor, running the youth programs, at Temple De Hirsch Sinai. He is pictured here with his family.


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