Three Ways to "Stay Home, Stay Healthy," and Share Shabbat!
Updated on 1st & 3rd Friday mornings
We are trying to continue providing recorded Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat Services for the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. We share these with our email list or you can check our YouTube channel on the afternoon of the 1st & 3rd Friday of the month. We also are working to ensure that we have pre-recorded music for you.
We will also be posting these services to Facebook on Fridays as a "Watch Party" that you can join at 7 PM on Friday evenings.
Below we are offering our Shabbat Prayer Booklet for download so you can feel comfortable to follow along in the comfort of your own home.
1st & 3rd Bet Alef Shabbat Saturday Mornings at 10:30 AM
hosted via Zoom
Rabbi Olivier is bringing Torah Class back twice-monthly starting this Saturday, April 4th, from 10:30AM to 12-noon via Zoom. Our studies will follow the book of Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), the return of a great Jewish classic that we all enjoyed together a few years back. The text is available online for free to everyone via Sefaria, one of the greatest virtual Jewish Text library. Click here for the link to Sefaria's Pirkei Avot translation that we will be studying from.
2nd & 4th Shabbat Friday Evenings
at 7 PM
Join Rabbi Olivier via Zoom to share Shabbat Evening Blessings over candles, wine, and bread in the comfort of your own home. Connect with others in the community and usher in the peaceful oasis of Shabbat in community.
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 7:30 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.
Begins Saturday, October 19th, 10:30 AM
This year our study will dive deep into the stunning waters of Kabbalah. We will immerse ourselves in the powerful teachings of one of its greatest Chasidic masters: Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, and his mystical masterpiece: Likkutei Amarim, commonly known as The Tanya.
Our first session will be in our community Sukkah, and following sessions will fall on our 1st & 3rd Shabbat Saturday mornings at Bet Alef in First Hill.
*Non-Member Cost per class:
$10 suggested donation