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Morning Minyan
Starts: 7:00 am
Ends: March 21, 2018 - 8:00 am
The Past is a Foreign Country - with Steve Steinbock
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: March 21, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Location: Online Course
Description: <p>What happened back then? Can we ever know? Inthis brief history mini-course, we will focus on how we interpret the past.Looking at primary and secondary sources we’ll attempt to get a better pictureof what really might have happened based on the ways in which people told aboutthem. As we look at four pivotal periods in Jewish history, we will forceourselves to challenge the biases of the stories as they have down to us, as wellas our own biases and presuppositions. </p><p>Session One: "Conquest of Canaan"(1200-1000 BCE) – What really happened when Joshua fought the Battle ofJericho? Was the Israelite incursion into the land of Canaan truly a violentmilitary campaign or was it a peaceful process of assimilation and adaptation?And why all the bloodshed?</p><p>Session Two: "Israelite Civil War"(ca. 1000 BCE) – Why did the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the SouthernKingdom of Judah go their separate ways? How similar were the people and religionof the two kingdoms? What kind of leaders were Kings Saul, David, and Solomon?</p><p>Session Three: "The Maccabean Revolt"(167-160 BCE) – Who were the Maccabees and whom were they fighting against? Howdid we come to celebrate Hanukkah, and what about the miraculous cruse of oil?</p><p>Session Four: “Jesus and the Pharisees"(ca. 30 CE) – The rabbis of the first centuries of the common era were theshapers of what developed into modern Judaism. But they were also reviled asthe enemies of Jesus and early Christianity. Looking at Jewish, Christian, andRoman sources, we try to understand how this hatred developed, and how itcontributed to two millennia of uneasy relations between Jews and Christians.</p><p>FMI - Contact Benjamin Gorelick, benjamin@bethaam.org<br></p>

Special Upcoming Event

Tot Pajama Havdalah with Bet Ha'am and PJ Library

Sat February 3rd 2018 - Sat February 3rd 2018

Congregation Bet Ha’am

5:30 PM-7:00 PM

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Tot Pajama Havdalah with Bet Ha'am and PJ Library

Date: Sat February, 3rd

Location: Congregation Bet Ha’am

Time: 5:30 PM

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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.


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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