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-3, 3-5, 6-7 as well as Shabbat and Holiday celebrations. Learn more about Bet Alef teacher Jacob Glickman.

2018 – 2019 Family Programming

K-3 (Shorashim)
Saturday Mornings Monthly — Starting November 3rd


From 10:00AM to 12:00 PM

On the Saturdays following our First-Friday Shabbat services, between 10:00AM and 12PM (and while parents attend Torah Study,) our teacher, Ben, will lead programming for children in grades K-2 at the Bet Alef office. Ben 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, Ben will look to provide individuated learning as well, class-size allowing. Please register for that separately.

Grades 3-5 (Geza’im)
Monday Evenings Weekly — Starting October 15th.

From 4:30 PM to 6:00 PMas

On Monday evenings following the school year calendar, from 4:30-6:00PM at the Bet Alef office, Jacob Glickman 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 5779 are: Oct. 20,  Nov. 17,  Dec. 22,  Jan. 19,  March 16, and May 18


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.

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.


Our Teachers

Benjamin Phelps: Shorashim

Benjamin Judah Phelps has lived most of his life in the Seattle area. He became a bar mitzvah at Temple B’nai Torah and was active in local and regional youth groups. During his high school years, Ben was awarded a Bronfman Youth Fellowship to spend a summer in Israel. In 2007, Ben graduated from Sammamish High School in Bellevue, and became the second Washingtonian elected to the NFTY North American Board. Following a year traveling the US, Canada, and Israel as NFTY programming vice president, he headed to the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, where he studied political science and history, served as vice president of Hillel and as president of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, and worked as a youth group advisor at Temple B’rith Kodesh. During the summer of 2010, he was privileged to serve as an intern at the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism in Washington, DC.

Ben has extensive Jewish camping experience, having spent seven summers between 2005 and 2014 working first at Camp B’nai Torah in North Bend, followed by URJ Camp Kalsman in Arlington, WA and the URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY. Between 2006 and 2014, he also spent four years as a religious school teacher, and eventually as youth engagement coordinator at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue. His focus over the years has been experiential educational programming, ranging from Israeli cooking to Muppet making to modern Jewish storytelling.

Ben currently works as the Marketing Manager for Waypoint Wealth Advisors, a Private Wealth Advisory Practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., on Mercer Island.

Jacob Glickman: Geza’im

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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