Courtesy of Bet Alef

Rabbi Olivier BenHaim

Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue | Seattle, Washington | 42 years old
Independent | Granted smicha by Rabbi Ted Falcon and supported by two other ordained rabbis

Rabbi O left the corporate world to become the best rabbi I’ve ever had. He is an incredible teacher, and has made this 77-year-old science nerd a lover of history, and achieved the impossible: I now meditate most mornings! He married my partner and me two years ago, and when marriage equality passed in Washington he held another short ceremony to make it legal. Torah study is a delight as we try to apply it to getting ”unstuck“ in our daily lives. We are a small community, 104 families, but almost all our members attend services. A little teaching, a little music, a little meditation — doesn’t get better than that! And you haven’t lived until you’ve heard the story of Purim done by your rabbi impersonating Elvis!

— Carol Cohen and one other

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