Music is an integral part of the Shabbat worship services at Bet Alef. Through melody and chant we support celebration, contemplation, and rejuvenation. With opportunity to listen and opportunity to sing together, music at Bet Alef is an important part of how community is built and worship is enhanced.
Bet Alef enjoys the regular talents of professional and volunteer musicians. In addition to our “regulars” we are frequently joined by community members who choose to share their musical gifts with us. Listen to two of our pieces – Od Yavo, & Hashkiveinu
Dianna Rose has been a member of Bet Alef since 2001. Her early musical training (piano, voice, percussion) eventually led her to a career in radio, in Los Angeles and Seattle (where she was Music Director and on-air at Smooth Jazz KWJZ for 12 years). She is currently on-air at two internet radio stations, and has a voice-over business. Dianna is also a Therapeutic Sound Consultant, having completed a two-year training at the Open Ear Center on Bainbridge Island, WA. Plus she’s an Acutonics (tuning forks) Level I practitioner, and a trained provider with the Strong Institute (rhythmic entrainment therapy).
Jal Feldman’s musical career was launched when he received a piano for his first birthday. He has been hitting the keys ever since, amassing a repertoire of hundreds of pop songs, show tunes, and standards, as well as classical works. Jal has been the pianist at Bet Alef since 1996 and plays for weekly services and concerts at the Center for Spiritual Living. He offers private piano instruction to children utilizing the Suzuki method of music training and recently joined the faculty of the Music Center of the Northwest. He was the founder, leader and keyboard player of The Jal Feldman Groups, a comprehensive music entertainment service, performing at wedding ceremonies, receptions, parties, conventions and banquets.
Celia has been singing and performing in musical theater since she was 8 years old. She moved on to study opera and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 2005. Since moving back to Seattle in 2008, she has become a featured soloist both at Bet Alef and with the Seattle Jewish Chorale. She also loves tosing with her rock and roll cover band, Bad Latitude.
Matt began playing the Cello in third grade, and began singing in high school with the school chorus, and in various musical theater productions. He has been a tenor with the Seattle Symphony Chorale, the official choral group of the Seattle Symphony, since 2002, and was featured as a soloist in the Seattle Symphony’s 2005 performance of Robert Schumann’s “Manfred”. Matt began singing at Bet Alef in 2013. When he isn’t volunteering his voice, Matt runs his own personal injury law practice and spends time with his wife Elizabeth and his son Abraham.