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.

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. 

Shabbat Services

For millennia, Jews have observed the period from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown as a day of rest, renewal and reflection on matters of the heart and Spirit. When our civilization continuously focuses our attention outwardly—relentlessly inviting us to keep ourselves busy and unendingly distracted, always preoccupied with materialistic pursuits—celebrating Shabbat is a countercultural and almost subversive practice that is meant to turn us inward and remind us that we are multi-faceted beings with a deep spiritual side that needs our time and attention just as much. And what better way to reconnect with the inner dimension of our self than to engage in a meaningful Jewish meditative practice? Studies continue to show that slowing down, practicing mindfulness, and integrating a spiritual practice as an essential part of our lives re-invigorate, rejuvenate, and bring people physical and mental health benefits. Such is the invitation of our Shabbat services.

Our community gathers to celebrate welcoming Shabbat together on the first and third Friday evenings of each month, continuing on the Saturday mornings that follow. See below.

1st & 3rd Fridays at 7 PM

At a Bet Alef Friday night Shabbat Service, we…

  • Light the candles as an invitation to honor the light in our lives and in others
  • Use the traditional liturgy as a foundation to explore our spiritual journey
  • Chant, meditate and sing to unlock the deeply personal meaning of the prayers and allow them to resonate more fully through our Being
  • Explore the weekly Torah portion using a Kabbalistic interpretation
  • Allow music to take us deeper and joyfully re-energize us
  • Draw strength, hope, and humor from others in our community

All in all, a joyous process that enables us to become more present to our lives, families and friends.

Shabbat Shalom!