Music is an integral part of 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.
Dianna Rose has been a member of Bet Alef since 2001, and the Music Director since 2012. She became an adult Bat Mitzvah at Bet Alef in 2003 and her son a Bat Mitzvah in 2019. Along with her training as a percussionist and vocalist, Dianna is also a Board Certified Music Therapist, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, focusing on the Expressive Arts and Energy Psychology within her private practice. Her vocational background also includes 30 years in radio broadcasting and voice work. Dianna enjoys creating a spiritual conduit at services through which the energies of music, sound, and song can inspire, center, and uplift others.
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.
Mike has worn many musical hats over the years. He has a bachelors in music from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, where he found himself studying the classical music of South India. He’s still not exactly sure how that happened, but a degree is a degree. He’s sung with numerous a cappella groups over the years, including being a founding member of the award-winning Hyannis Sound. He also spent some time fronting a jazz quintet and, briefly, played guitar in a bluegrass duo. To keep the lights on, Mike is a software engineer at Google.