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Religious School Grades 1- 6 Classroom Sunday
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: November 19, 2017 - 12:00 pm
Kindergarten - Doing Mitzvot - Tikkun Olam
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: November 19, 2017 - 10:30 am
Adult Learning Session at Bet Ha'am - Judaism and the Mysteries of Life, Death, and the World Beyond : A Scholar-in-Residence Shabbaton with Reb Simcha Raphael
Starts: 9:45 am
Ends: November 19, 2017 - 11:15 am
Description: Please join us for:
JUDAISM AND THE MYSTERIES OF LIFE,
DEATH AND THE WORLD BEYOND
A Scholar-in-Residence Shabbaton with Reb Simcha Raphael
NOVEMBER 17-19, 2017
Co-Sponsored by
Portland Jewish Funeral Home
Congregation Bet Ha’am
Temple Beth El, Etz Chaim Synagogue

FRIDAY EVENING - NOVEMBER 17
SHABBAT SERVICE 7:30 PM FOLLOWED BY DVAR TORAH
CONGREGATION BET HA’AM 81 WESTBROOK STREET, SOUTH PORTLAND, ME
Jacob's Deathbed Finale: Guidelines from Genesis for Living and Dying
In this opening presentation we shall investigate deathbed stories found at the end of the Book of Genesis, which provide profound wisdom for dealing with end-of -life issues in our times. We shall see how Jacob’s request to be buried in the Cave of Machpelah, offers us a clue as to how our Biblical ancestors understood the connection between this world and the world beyond.

SATURDAY MORNING - NOVEMBER 18
SHABBAT SERVICE 9:30 AM; LUNCH & LEARN 12:30 PM
TEMPLE BETH EL - 400 DEERING AVENUE, PORTLAND, ME
Afterlife Journey of the Soul in Jewish Mysticism
Does Judaism believe in the afterlife? Unequivocally, the answer is yes! However, today many are unaware of traditional Jewish wisdom on life after death. Through textual study and discussion, we shall explore Judaism’s afterlife teachings, particularly in Jewish mysticism, and discover the practical relevance of these teachings in dealing with the human encounter with death.

SUNDAY MORNING - NOVEMBER 19
ADULT LEARNING SESSION 9:45-11:15 AM
CONGREGATION BET HA’AM 81 WESTBROOK STREET, SOUTH PORTLAND, ME
Jewish Ghost Stories: Tales of Ancestors, Wandering Spirits and Reincarnating Souls
In the story-telling telling traditions of Jewish folk religion and mysticism are to be found extensive teachings on the afterlife journey of the soul. Through an evening of animated story-telling and open discussion, we shall learn about Jewish views of the afterlife by entering the invisible worlds populated by ghosts, lost souls, haunting spirits, dybbukim, and heavenly angelic guides.

Reb Simcha Raphael, Ph.D. Founding Director of DA’AT INSTITUTE for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training, is Adjunct Professor in Psychology at Bryn Athyn College, and in private practice as a psychotherapist and spiritual director in Philadelphia. Ordained by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi as a Rabbinic Pastor, he is a member of Rabbis Without Borders Network, and author of the ground-breaking Jewish Views of the Afterlife. His website is http://www.daatinstitute.net.
Library Open
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: November 19, 2017 - 12:00 pm
Education Committee Meeting
Starts: 12:15 pm
Ends: November 19, 2017 - 1:45 pm
Grade 7 Gesher Chavayah - Dance
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: November 19, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Religious School Grades 8-10 - Quarter 2, Session 2
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: November 19, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Special Upcoming Event

Poetry as Prayer with Maine's Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum - Shabbat Service and Lunch & Learn Writing Workshop

Sat November 11th 2017 - Sat November 11th 2017

10:00 AM-2:00 PM


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Poetry as Prayer with Maine's Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum - Shabbat Service and Lunch & Learn Writing Workshop

Date: Sat November, 11th

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The need for supporting the Annual Fund cannot be overstated. These unrestricted funds ensure we can cover our basic, day-to-day needs and meet our budgetary responsibilities, from salaries to building maintenance to Hebrew School supplies.

Membership dues do not cover the full cost of Bet Ha’am’s operations. We rely on the generous support of our members and friends to make Bet Ha’am available to all, regardless of ability to pay.

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Judaica Shop

Congregation Bet Ha’am’s Judaica Shop is establishing itself as a leading regional opportunity for unique Judaica jewelry, holiday gifts and supplies, children’s items, and everyday items.  The Judaica Shop is open 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Tuesday-Friday and Sunday mornings when our Religious School is open.  Please call (207) 879-0028 for inquiries or requests for special order items.  This page will soon have photos and ordering information for specific Judaica items.

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Service Times

Evening Shabbat Services:

Friday evening at 7:30 PM except for the second Friday of the month, when a family service is held at 6:30 PM.

Shabbat Morning:

Saturday morning at 10:00 AM.

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