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Jul
23
Mon
Office Closed
Jul 23 all-day
Jul
24
Tue
Bet Ha’am at Wayside – Salvation Army
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Congregation Bet Ha’am is partnering with the Wayside Food Program at a new dinner site for elders and families living in the homeless shelter. On the fourth Tuesday of each month from 4:00-6:30 PM, Bet Ha’am volunteers will work with Wayside volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up. No cooking is required! Children who are 11 or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome. Please join us at the Salvation Army, 297 Cumberland Avenue, in Portland on Tuesday, July 24. You don’t have to commit to every month. You are welcome any time!

If you’re able to help or have questions, contact Eleanor Goldberg (egoldbe1@maine.rr.com). Please bring a cap or hat. Hope to see you there!

Jul
25
Wed
Morning Minyan
Jul 25 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Jul
26
Thu
Library Open
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jul
27
Fri
Shabbat Service
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jul
28
Sat
Torah Study
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jul
29
Sun
Sunday Dinner and Learn with JTS Rabbinic Student, Leora Kling Perkins, and Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone
Jul 29 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

NEW! Adult Learning at Congregation Bet Ha’am

3:30 – 5:30 PM
Love the Foreigner, Because You Were a Foreigner
Taught by JTS Rabbinic Student, Leora Kling Perkins

Even for those who want to welcome and support immigration, sometimes the details can be tricky: Should we have limits on immigration at all? If so, how should we decide who gets to come in? How much are we obligated to support new immigrants once they get here? Should we worry that immigrants may take needed social service money that would have gone to needy people already living in our country? Jewish tradition is clear on the importance of supporting the vulnerable and welcoming the stranger, but it doesn’t stop there. Join Rabbinical Student Leora Kling Perkins to explore Jewish texts about immigration that can shed light on some of these crucial questions that are

Leora Kling Perkins is a third year Rabbinical Student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, with a double major in Women & Gender Studies and Economics. Leora will be working with the Maine Jewish community this summer.

5:30 – 6:15 PM 
Fully Catered Dinner

6:30 – 8:00 PM
Call-Out Culture and the Jewish Tradition
Taught by Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone

Speaking up in the face of wrongdoing can be an anxiety-provoking and even dangerous endeavor. However, a verse in the Book of Leviticus commands us to reprove others for misbehavior. We are not alone in recognizing how difficult and scary this task can be. Together we will explore a number of important Jewish and early Christian sources that can help us to navigate the complex concerns involved in telling someone that they are wrong.  

Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone teaches Talmud and Jewish law at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Academy for Jewish Religion and is the author of the forthcoming book The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke.

Registration Information:

Suggested Donation: $7, with all proceeds going to support Welcoming the Stranger, a grassroots organization that helps asylum seekers integrate into the Portland community.

A livestream will be available for those unable to attend in person, but you need to register so we can send you the livestream info.

Register HERE today!

Jul
30
Mon
Office Closed
Jul 30 all-day
Aug
1
Wed
Morning Minyan
Aug 1 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Aug
2
Thu
Library Open
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
After Abel Book Group with Rabbi Saks – Shiloh
Aug 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

During Rabbi Saks’s sabbatical, he took a course at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Learning in Los Angeles with Dr. Candice Levy titled (Re)Telling Stories: Creation and Interpretation in Midrash and Aggada. In this course, he explored rabbinic legends that added layers of meaning to Biblical texts. He also delved into modern interpretations of Biblical stories, including things like Mumford & Sons’ song Babel. One of the rabbi’s favorite texts from this course came from Michal Lemberger’s book After Abel and Other Stories, which examines the story of Cain and Abel from Eve’s perspective. This summer, Rabbi Saks would like to explore the stories in Michal Lemberger’s book with you.

On the following Thursdays throughout the summer, Rabbi Saks hopes you’ll consider joining him for a brown bag lunch and learn at 12:30 pm at Bet Ha’am as we delve into Michal Lemberger’s take on these Biblical texts. Purchase your own copy of After Abel from the Bet Ha’am library or from the Amazon link below, bring a lunch, and join him in discussion. Each of these chapters stands alone, so join Rabbi Saks for as many or as few as you like.

Choose Congregation Bet Ha’am as the charitable organization and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to the congregation.

May 31, 12:30 pm – After Abel
June 7, 12:30 pm – Lot’s Wife
June 21, 12:30 pm – Drawn from the Water
July 5, 12:30 pm – The Watery Season
July 12, 12:30 pm – Zeresh, His Wife
July 26, 12:30 pm – City of Refuge
August 2, 12:30 pm – Shiloh
August 9, 12:30 pm – Saul’s Daughter
August 16, 12:30 pm – And All the Land Between Them

RSVP to karen@bethaam.org or call the office at 879-0028.

Tikkun Olam Council
Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Aug
3
Fri
Shabbat Service
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug
4
Sat
Torah Study
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Aug
6
Mon
Office Closed
Aug 6 all-day
Aug
7
Tue
Executive Committee
Aug 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Aug
8
Wed
Morning Minyan
Aug 8 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Seminar and Snacks (Summer Hebrew)
Aug 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Jul
23
Mon
Office Closed
Jul 23 all-day
Jul
24
Tue
Bet Ha’am at Wayside – Salvation Army
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Congregation Bet Ha’am is partnering with the Wayside Food Program at a new dinner site for elders and families living in the homeless shelter. On the fourth Tuesday of each month from 4:00-6:30 PM, Bet Ha’am volunteers will work with Wayside volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up. No cooking is required! Children who are 11 or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome. Please join us at the Salvation Army, 297 Cumberland Avenue, in Portland on Tuesday, July 24. You don’t have to commit to every month. You are welcome any time!

If you’re able to help or have questions, contact Eleanor Goldberg (egoldbe1@maine.rr.com). Please bring a cap or hat. Hope to see you there!

Jul
25
Wed
Morning Minyan
Jul 25 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Jul
26
Thu
Library Open
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jul
27
Fri
Shabbat Service
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jul
28
Sat
Torah Study
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jul
29
Sun
Sunday Dinner and Learn with JTS Rabbinic Student, Leora Kling Perkins, and Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone
Jul 29 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

NEW! Adult Learning at Congregation Bet Ha’am

3:30 – 5:30 PM
Love the Foreigner, Because You Were a Foreigner
Taught by JTS Rabbinic Student, Leora Kling Perkins

Even for those who want to welcome and support immigration, sometimes the details can be tricky: Should we have limits on immigration at all? If so, how should we decide who gets to come in? How much are we obligated to support new immigrants once they get here? Should we worry that immigrants may take needed social service money that would have gone to needy people already living in our country? Jewish tradition is clear on the importance of supporting the vulnerable and welcoming the stranger, but it doesn’t stop there. Join Rabbinical Student Leora Kling Perkins to explore Jewish texts about immigration that can shed light on some of these crucial questions that are

Leora Kling Perkins is a third year Rabbinical Student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, with a double major in Women & Gender Studies and Economics. Leora will be working with the Maine Jewish community this summer.

5:30 – 6:15 PM 
Fully Catered Dinner

6:30 – 8:00 PM
Call-Out Culture and the Jewish Tradition
Taught by Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone

Speaking up in the face of wrongdoing can be an anxiety-provoking and even dangerous endeavor. However, a verse in the Book of Leviticus commands us to reprove others for misbehavior. We are not alone in recognizing how difficult and scary this task can be. Together we will explore a number of important Jewish and early Christian sources that can help us to navigate the complex concerns involved in telling someone that they are wrong.  

Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone teaches Talmud and Jewish law at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Academy for Jewish Religion and is the author of the forthcoming book The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke.

Registration Information:

Suggested Donation: $7, with all proceeds going to support Welcoming the Stranger, a grassroots organization that helps asylum seekers integrate into the Portland community.

A livestream will be available for those unable to attend in person, but you need to register so we can send you the livestream info.

Register HERE today!

Jul
30
Mon
Office Closed
Jul 30 all-day
Aug
1
Wed
Morning Minyan
Aug 1 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Aug
2
Thu
Library Open
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
After Abel Book Group with Rabbi Saks – Shiloh
Aug 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

During Rabbi Saks’s sabbatical, he took a course at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Learning in Los Angeles with Dr. Candice Levy titled (Re)Telling Stories: Creation and Interpretation in Midrash and Aggada. In this course, he explored rabbinic legends that added layers of meaning to Biblical texts. He also delved into modern interpretations of Biblical stories, including things like Mumford & Sons’ song Babel. One of the rabbi’s favorite texts from this course came from Michal Lemberger’s book After Abel and Other Stories, which examines the story of Cain and Abel from Eve’s perspective. This summer, Rabbi Saks would like to explore the stories in Michal Lemberger’s book with you.

On the following Thursdays throughout the summer, Rabbi Saks hopes you’ll consider joining him for a brown bag lunch and learn at 12:30 pm at Bet Ha’am as we delve into Michal Lemberger’s take on these Biblical texts. Purchase your own copy of After Abel from the Bet Ha’am library or from the Amazon link below, bring a lunch, and join him in discussion. Each of these chapters stands alone, so join Rabbi Saks for as many or as few as you like.

Choose Congregation Bet Ha’am as the charitable organization and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to the congregation.

May 31, 12:30 pm – After Abel
June 7, 12:30 pm – Lot’s Wife
June 21, 12:30 pm – Drawn from the Water
July 5, 12:30 pm – The Watery Season
July 12, 12:30 pm – Zeresh, His Wife
July 26, 12:30 pm – City of Refuge
August 2, 12:30 pm – Shiloh
August 9, 12:30 pm – Saul’s Daughter
August 16, 12:30 pm – And All the Land Between Them

RSVP to karen@bethaam.org or call the office at 879-0028.

Tikkun Olam Council
Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Aug
3
Fri
Shabbat Service
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug
4
Sat
Torah Study
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Aug
6
Mon
Office Closed
Aug 6 all-day
Aug
7
Tue
Executive Committee
Aug 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Aug
8
Wed
Morning Minyan
Aug 8 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Seminar and Snacks (Summer Hebrew)
Aug 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Jul
23
Mon
Office Closed
Jul 23 all-day
Jul
24
Tue
Bet Ha’am at Wayside – Salvation Army
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Congregation Bet Ha’am is partnering with the Wayside Food Program at a new dinner site for elders and families living in the homeless shelter. On the fourth Tuesday of each month from 4:00-6:30 PM, Bet Ha’am volunteers will work with Wayside volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up. No cooking is required! Children who are 11 or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome. Please join us at the Salvation Army, 297 Cumberland Avenue, in Portland on Tuesday, July 24. You don’t have to commit to every month. You are welcome any time!

If you’re able to help or have questions, contact Eleanor Goldberg (egoldbe1@maine.rr.com). Please bring a cap or hat. Hope to see you there!

Jul
25
Wed
Morning Minyan
Jul 25 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Jul
26
Thu
Library Open
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jul
27
Fri
Shabbat Service
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jul
28
Sat
Torah Study
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jul
29
Sun
Sunday Dinner and Learn with JTS Rabbinic Student, Leora Kling Perkins, and Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone
Jul 29 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

NEW! Adult Learning at Congregation Bet Ha’am

3:30 – 5:30 PM
Love the Foreigner, Because You Were a Foreigner
Taught by JTS Rabbinic Student, Leora Kling Perkins

Even for those who want to welcome and support immigration, sometimes the details can be tricky: Should we have limits on immigration at all? If so, how should we decide who gets to come in? How much are we obligated to support new immigrants once they get here? Should we worry that immigrants may take needed social service money that would have gone to needy people already living in our country? Jewish tradition is clear on the importance of supporting the vulnerable and welcoming the stranger, but it doesn’t stop there. Join Rabbinical Student Leora Kling Perkins to explore Jewish texts about immigration that can shed light on some of these crucial questions that are

Leora Kling Perkins is a third year Rabbinical Student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, with a double major in Women & Gender Studies and Economics. Leora will be working with the Maine Jewish community this summer.

5:30 – 6:15 PM 
Fully Catered Dinner

6:30 – 8:00 PM
Call-Out Culture and the Jewish Tradition
Taught by Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone

Speaking up in the face of wrongdoing can be an anxiety-provoking and even dangerous endeavor. However, a verse in the Book of Leviticus commands us to reprove others for misbehavior. We are not alone in recognizing how difficult and scary this task can be. Together we will explore a number of important Jewish and early Christian sources that can help us to navigate the complex concerns involved in telling someone that they are wrong.  

Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone teaches Talmud and Jewish law at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Academy for Jewish Religion and is the author of the forthcoming book The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke.

Registration Information:

Suggested Donation: $7, with all proceeds going to support Welcoming the Stranger, a grassroots organization that helps asylum seekers integrate into the Portland community.

A livestream will be available for those unable to attend in person, but you need to register so we can send you the livestream info.

Register HERE today!

Jul
30
Mon
Office Closed
Jul 30 all-day
Aug
1
Wed
Morning Minyan
Aug 1 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Aug
2
Thu
Library Open
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
After Abel Book Group with Rabbi Saks – Shiloh
Aug 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

During Rabbi Saks’s sabbatical, he took a course at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Learning in Los Angeles with Dr. Candice Levy titled (Re)Telling Stories: Creation and Interpretation in Midrash and Aggada. In this course, he explored rabbinic legends that added layers of meaning to Biblical texts. He also delved into modern interpretations of Biblical stories, including things like Mumford & Sons’ song Babel. One of the rabbi’s favorite texts from this course came from Michal Lemberger’s book After Abel and Other Stories, which examines the story of Cain and Abel from Eve’s perspective. This summer, Rabbi Saks would like to explore the stories in Michal Lemberger’s book with you.

On the following Thursdays throughout the summer, Rabbi Saks hopes you’ll consider joining him for a brown bag lunch and learn at 12:30 pm at Bet Ha’am as we delve into Michal Lemberger’s take on these Biblical texts. Purchase your own copy of After Abel from the Bet Ha’am library or from the Amazon link below, bring a lunch, and join him in discussion. Each of these chapters stands alone, so join Rabbi Saks for as many or as few as you like.

Choose Congregation Bet Ha’am as the charitable organization and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to the congregation.

May 31, 12:30 pm – After Abel
June 7, 12:30 pm – Lot’s Wife
June 21, 12:30 pm – Drawn from the Water
July 5, 12:30 pm – The Watery Season
July 12, 12:30 pm – Zeresh, His Wife
July 26, 12:30 pm – City of Refuge
August 2, 12:30 pm – Shiloh
August 9, 12:30 pm – Saul’s Daughter
August 16, 12:30 pm – And All the Land Between Them

RSVP to karen@bethaam.org or call the office at 879-0028.

Tikkun Olam Council
Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Aug
3
Fri
Shabbat Service
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug
4
Sat
Torah Study
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Aug
6
Mon
Office Closed
Aug 6 all-day
Aug
7
Tue
Executive Committee
Aug 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Aug
8
Wed
Morning Minyan
Aug 8 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Seminar and Snacks (Summer Hebrew)
Aug 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 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.

Jul
23
Mon
Office Closed
Jul 23 all-day
Jul
24
Tue
Bet Ha’am at Wayside – Salvation Army
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Congregation Bet Ha’am is partnering with the Wayside Food Program at a new dinner site for elders and families living in the homeless shelter. On the fourth Tuesday of each month from 4:00-6:30 PM, Bet Ha’am volunteers will work with Wayside volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up. No cooking is required! Children who are 11 or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome. Please join us at the Salvation Army, 297 Cumberland Avenue, in Portland on Tuesday, July 24. You don’t have to commit to every month. You are welcome any time!

If you’re able to help or have questions, contact Eleanor Goldberg (egoldbe1@maine.rr.com). Please bring a cap or hat. Hope to see you there!

Jul
25
Wed
Morning Minyan
Jul 25 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Jul
26
Thu
Library Open
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jul
27
Fri
Shabbat Service
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jul
28
Sat
Torah Study
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jul
29
Sun
Sunday Dinner and Learn with JTS Rabbinic Student, Leora Kling Perkins, and Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone
Jul 29 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

NEW! Adult Learning at Congregation Bet Ha’am

3:30 – 5:30 PM
Love the Foreigner, Because You Were a Foreigner
Taught by JTS Rabbinic Student, Leora Kling Perkins

Even for those who want to welcome and support immigration, sometimes the details can be tricky: Should we have limits on immigration at all? If so, how should we decide who gets to come in? How much are we obligated to support new immigrants once they get here? Should we worry that immigrants may take needed social service money that would have gone to needy people already living in our country? Jewish tradition is clear on the importance of supporting the vulnerable and welcoming the stranger, but it doesn’t stop there. Join Rabbinical Student Leora Kling Perkins to explore Jewish texts about immigration that can shed light on some of these crucial questions that are

Leora Kling Perkins is a third year Rabbinical Student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, with a double major in Women & Gender Studies and Economics. Leora will be working with the Maine Jewish community this summer.

5:30 – 6:15 PM 
Fully Catered Dinner

6:30 – 8:00 PM
Call-Out Culture and the Jewish Tradition
Taught by Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone

Speaking up in the face of wrongdoing can be an anxiety-provoking and even dangerous endeavor. However, a verse in the Book of Leviticus commands us to reprove others for misbehavior. We are not alone in recognizing how difficult and scary this task can be. Together we will explore a number of important Jewish and early Christian sources that can help us to navigate the complex concerns involved in telling someone that they are wrong.  

Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone teaches Talmud and Jewish law at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Academy for Jewish Religion and is the author of the forthcoming book The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke.

Registration Information:

Suggested Donation: $7, with all proceeds going to support Welcoming the Stranger, a grassroots organization that helps asylum seekers integrate into the Portland community.

A livestream will be available for those unable to attend in person, but you need to register so we can send you the livestream info.

Register HERE today!

Jul
30
Mon
Office Closed
Jul 30 all-day
Aug
1
Wed
Morning Minyan
Aug 1 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Aug
2
Thu
Library Open
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
After Abel Book Group with Rabbi Saks – Shiloh
Aug 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

During Rabbi Saks’s sabbatical, he took a course at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Learning in Los Angeles with Dr. Candice Levy titled (Re)Telling Stories: Creation and Interpretation in Midrash and Aggada. In this course, he explored rabbinic legends that added layers of meaning to Biblical texts. He also delved into modern interpretations of Biblical stories, including things like Mumford & Sons’ song Babel. One of the rabbi’s favorite texts from this course came from Michal Lemberger’s book After Abel and Other Stories, which examines the story of Cain and Abel from Eve’s perspective. This summer, Rabbi Saks would like to explore the stories in Michal Lemberger’s book with you.

On the following Thursdays throughout the summer, Rabbi Saks hopes you’ll consider joining him for a brown bag lunch and learn at 12:30 pm at Bet Ha’am as we delve into Michal Lemberger’s take on these Biblical texts. Purchase your own copy of After Abel from the Bet Ha’am library or from the Amazon link below, bring a lunch, and join him in discussion. Each of these chapters stands alone, so join Rabbi Saks for as many or as few as you like.

Choose Congregation Bet Ha’am as the charitable organization and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to the congregation.

May 31, 12:30 pm – After Abel
June 7, 12:30 pm – Lot’s Wife
June 21, 12:30 pm – Drawn from the Water
July 5, 12:30 pm – The Watery Season
July 12, 12:30 pm – Zeresh, His Wife
July 26, 12:30 pm – City of Refuge
August 2, 12:30 pm – Shiloh
August 9, 12:30 pm – Saul’s Daughter
August 16, 12:30 pm – And All the Land Between Them

RSVP to karen@bethaam.org or call the office at 879-0028.

Tikkun Olam Council
Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Aug
3
Fri
Shabbat Service
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug
4
Sat
Torah Study
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Aug
6
Mon
Office Closed
Aug 6 all-day
Aug
7
Tue
Executive Committee
Aug 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Aug
8
Wed
Morning Minyan
Aug 8 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Seminar and Snacks (Summer Hebrew)
Aug 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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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.

Jul
23
Mon
Office Closed
Jul 23 all-day
Jul
24
Tue
Bet Ha’am at Wayside – Salvation Army
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Congregation Bet Ha’am is partnering with the Wayside Food Program at a new dinner site for elders and families living in the homeless shelter. On the fourth Tuesday of each month from 4:00-6:30 PM, Bet Ha’am volunteers will work with Wayside volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up. No cooking is required! Children who are 11 or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome. Please join us at the Salvation Army, 297 Cumberland Avenue, in Portland on Tuesday, July 24. You don’t have to commit to every month. You are welcome any time!

If you’re able to help or have questions, contact Eleanor Goldberg (egoldbe1@maine.rr.com). Please bring a cap or hat. Hope to see you there!

Jul
25
Wed
Morning Minyan
Jul 25 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Jul
26
Thu
Library Open
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jul
27
Fri
Shabbat Service
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jul
28
Sat
Torah Study
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jul
29
Sun
Sunday Dinner and Learn with JTS Rabbinic Student, Leora Kling Perkins, and Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone
Jul 29 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

NEW! Adult Learning at Congregation Bet Ha’am

3:30 – 5:30 PM
Love the Foreigner, Because You Were a Foreigner
Taught by JTS Rabbinic Student, Leora Kling Perkins

Even for those who want to welcome and support immigration, sometimes the details can be tricky: Should we have limits on immigration at all? If so, how should we decide who gets to come in? How much are we obligated to support new immigrants once they get here? Should we worry that immigrants may take needed social service money that would have gone to needy people already living in our country? Jewish tradition is clear on the importance of supporting the vulnerable and welcoming the stranger, but it doesn’t stop there. Join Rabbinical Student Leora Kling Perkins to explore Jewish texts about immigration that can shed light on some of these crucial questions that are

Leora Kling Perkins is a third year Rabbinical Student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, with a double major in Women & Gender Studies and Economics. Leora will be working with the Maine Jewish community this summer.

5:30 – 6:15 PM 
Fully Catered Dinner

6:30 – 8:00 PM
Call-Out Culture and the Jewish Tradition
Taught by Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone

Speaking up in the face of wrongdoing can be an anxiety-provoking and even dangerous endeavor. However, a verse in the Book of Leviticus commands us to reprove others for misbehavior. We are not alone in recognizing how difficult and scary this task can be. Together we will explore a number of important Jewish and early Christian sources that can help us to navigate the complex concerns involved in telling someone that they are wrong.  

Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone teaches Talmud and Jewish law at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Academy for Jewish Religion and is the author of the forthcoming book The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke.

Registration Information:

Suggested Donation: $7, with all proceeds going to support Welcoming the Stranger, a grassroots organization that helps asylum seekers integrate into the Portland community.

A livestream will be available for those unable to attend in person, but you need to register so we can send you the livestream info.

Register HERE today!

Jul
30
Mon
Office Closed
Jul 30 all-day
Aug
1
Wed
Morning Minyan
Aug 1 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Aug
2
Thu
Library Open
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
After Abel Book Group with Rabbi Saks – Shiloh
Aug 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

During Rabbi Saks’s sabbatical, he took a course at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Learning in Los Angeles with Dr. Candice Levy titled (Re)Telling Stories: Creation and Interpretation in Midrash and Aggada. In this course, he explored rabbinic legends that added layers of meaning to Biblical texts. He also delved into modern interpretations of Biblical stories, including things like Mumford & Sons’ song Babel. One of the rabbi’s favorite texts from this course came from Michal Lemberger’s book After Abel and Other Stories, which examines the story of Cain and Abel from Eve’s perspective. This summer, Rabbi Saks would like to explore the stories in Michal Lemberger’s book with you.

On the following Thursdays throughout the summer, Rabbi Saks hopes you’ll consider joining him for a brown bag lunch and learn at 12:30 pm at Bet Ha’am as we delve into Michal Lemberger’s take on these Biblical texts. Purchase your own copy of After Abel from the Bet Ha’am library or from the Amazon link below, bring a lunch, and join him in discussion. Each of these chapters stands alone, so join Rabbi Saks for as many or as few as you like.

Choose Congregation Bet Ha’am as the charitable organization and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to the congregation.

May 31, 12:30 pm – After Abel
June 7, 12:30 pm – Lot’s Wife
June 21, 12:30 pm – Drawn from the Water
July 5, 12:30 pm – The Watery Season
July 12, 12:30 pm – Zeresh, His Wife
July 26, 12:30 pm – City of Refuge
August 2, 12:30 pm – Shiloh
August 9, 12:30 pm – Saul’s Daughter
August 16, 12:30 pm – And All the Land Between Them

RSVP to karen@bethaam.org or call the office at 879-0028.

Tikkun Olam Council
Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Aug
3
Fri
Shabbat Service
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug
4
Sat
Torah Study
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Aug
6
Mon
Office Closed
Aug 6 all-day
Aug
7
Tue
Executive Committee
Aug 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Aug
8
Wed
Morning Minyan
Aug 8 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Seminar and Snacks (Summer Hebrew)
Aug 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Shabbat Morning:

Saturday morning at 10:00 AM.

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Jul
23
Mon
Office Closed
Jul 23 all-day
Jul
24
Tue
Bet Ha’am at Wayside – Salvation Army
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Congregation Bet Ha’am is partnering with the Wayside Food Program at a new dinner site for elders and families living in the homeless shelter. On the fourth Tuesday of each month from 4:00-6:30 PM, Bet Ha’am volunteers will work with Wayside volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up. No cooking is required! Children who are 11 or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome. Please join us at the Salvation Army, 297 Cumberland Avenue, in Portland on Tuesday, July 24. You don’t have to commit to every month. You are welcome any time!

If you’re able to help or have questions, contact Eleanor Goldberg (egoldbe1@maine.rr.com). Please bring a cap or hat. Hope to see you there!

Jul
25
Wed
Morning Minyan
Jul 25 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Jul
26
Thu
Library Open
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jul
27
Fri
Shabbat Service
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jul
28
Sat
Torah Study
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jul
29
Sun
Sunday Dinner and Learn with JTS Rabbinic Student, Leora Kling Perkins, and Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone
Jul 29 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

NEW! Adult Learning at Congregation Bet Ha’am

3:30 – 5:30 PM
Love the Foreigner, Because You Were a Foreigner
Taught by JTS Rabbinic Student, Leora Kling Perkins

Even for those who want to welcome and support immigration, sometimes the details can be tricky: Should we have limits on immigration at all? If so, how should we decide who gets to come in? How much are we obligated to support new immigrants once they get here? Should we worry that immigrants may take needed social service money that would have gone to needy people already living in our country? Jewish tradition is clear on the importance of supporting the vulnerable and welcoming the stranger, but it doesn’t stop there. Join Rabbinical Student Leora Kling Perkins to explore Jewish texts about immigration that can shed light on some of these crucial questions that are

Leora Kling Perkins is a third year Rabbinical Student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, with a double major in Women & Gender Studies and Economics. Leora will be working with the Maine Jewish community this summer.

5:30 – 6:15 PM 
Fully Catered Dinner

6:30 – 8:00 PM
Call-Out Culture and the Jewish Tradition
Taught by Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone

Speaking up in the face of wrongdoing can be an anxiety-provoking and even dangerous endeavor. However, a verse in the Book of Leviticus commands us to reprove others for misbehavior. We are not alone in recognizing how difficult and scary this task can be. Together we will explore a number of important Jewish and early Christian sources that can help us to navigate the complex concerns involved in telling someone that they are wrong.  

Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone teaches Talmud and Jewish law at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Academy for Jewish Religion and is the author of the forthcoming book The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke.

Registration Information:

Suggested Donation: $7, with all proceeds going to support Welcoming the Stranger, a grassroots organization that helps asylum seekers integrate into the Portland community.

A livestream will be available for those unable to attend in person, but you need to register so we can send you the livestream info.

Register HERE today!

Jul
30
Mon
Office Closed
Jul 30 all-day
Aug
1
Wed
Morning Minyan
Aug 1 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Aug
2
Thu
Library Open
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
After Abel Book Group with Rabbi Saks – Shiloh
Aug 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

During Rabbi Saks’s sabbatical, he took a course at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Learning in Los Angeles with Dr. Candice Levy titled (Re)Telling Stories: Creation and Interpretation in Midrash and Aggada. In this course, he explored rabbinic legends that added layers of meaning to Biblical texts. He also delved into modern interpretations of Biblical stories, including things like Mumford & Sons’ song Babel. One of the rabbi’s favorite texts from this course came from Michal Lemberger’s book After Abel and Other Stories, which examines the story of Cain and Abel from Eve’s perspective. This summer, Rabbi Saks would like to explore the stories in Michal Lemberger’s book with you.

On the following Thursdays throughout the summer, Rabbi Saks hopes you’ll consider joining him for a brown bag lunch and learn at 12:30 pm at Bet Ha’am as we delve into Michal Lemberger’s take on these Biblical texts. Purchase your own copy of After Abel from the Bet Ha’am library or from the Amazon link below, bring a lunch, and join him in discussion. Each of these chapters stands alone, so join Rabbi Saks for as many or as few as you like.

Choose Congregation Bet Ha’am as the charitable organization and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to the congregation.

May 31, 12:30 pm – After Abel
June 7, 12:30 pm – Lot’s Wife
June 21, 12:30 pm – Drawn from the Water
July 5, 12:30 pm – The Watery Season
July 12, 12:30 pm – Zeresh, His Wife
July 26, 12:30 pm – City of Refuge
August 2, 12:30 pm – Shiloh
August 9, 12:30 pm – Saul’s Daughter
August 16, 12:30 pm – And All the Land Between Them

RSVP to karen@bethaam.org or call the office at 879-0028.

Tikkun Olam Council
Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Aug
3
Fri
Shabbat Service
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug
4
Sat
Torah Study
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Aug
6
Mon
Office Closed
Aug 6 all-day
Aug
7
Tue
Executive Committee
Aug 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Aug
8
Wed
Morning Minyan
Aug 8 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Seminar and Snacks (Summer Hebrew)
Aug 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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