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