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April 27, 2017
Library Open
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: April 27, 2017 - 12:00 pm
April 28, 2017
Tot Shabbat
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: April 28, 2017 - 6:30 pm
Description: Please join us at 5:30 PM in welcoming Shabbat with a special service ideal for families with young children. Children up to age five will enjoy this 30 minute service full of songs, stories, and blessings.

After the service please stay for a pizza dinner.
There is no fee for the dinner. Donations are welcome.
Shabbat Service
Starts: 7:30 pm
Ends: April 28, 2017 - 9:00 pm
April 29, 2017
Torah Study
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: April 29, 2017 - 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service with Bar Mitzvah
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: April 29, 2017 - 12:00 pm
April 30, 2017
Classroom Sunday Grades 1-6
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: April 30, 2017 - 12:00 pm
Description: We will be hosting Sam Spinrad, a candidate for the Religious School Director position. There will be a special coffee to meet him at 0930 - 1015 to which the congregation is invited. Please join us and meet our potential Director!
Kindergarten
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: April 30, 2017 - 10:30 am
Meet our Religious School Director candidate
Starts: 9:30 am
Ends: April 30, 2017 - 10:15 am
Description: We will be hosting Sam Spinrad, a candidate for the Religious School Director position. There will be a special coffee to meet him at 0930 - 1015 to which the congregation is invited. Please join us and meet our potential Director!
Family Program Grades 5-6, Shtetl Game
Starts: 10:30 am
Ends: April 30, 2017 - 12:00 pm
Religious School Grades 7-10
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: April 30, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Description: Yom Ha Atzmaut program led by Sam Spinrad, our candidate for Religious School Director.
Community High School Program for Grades 11-12
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: April 30, 2017 - 6:30 pm
May 1, 2017
Office Closed
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: May 2, 2017 - 12:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: May 1, 2017 - 8:30 pm
May 2, 2017
Yom HaAtzmaut
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: May 3, 2017 - 12:00 am
Executive Committee
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: May 2, 2017 - 6:30 pm
May 3, 2017
Morning Minyan
Starts: 7:00 am
Ends: May 3, 2017 - 8:00 am
May 4, 2017
Library Open
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: May 4, 2017 - 12:00 pm
May 5, 2017
Kabbalat Shabbat Evening Service - Holiness, Love, and Community - Loving your neighbor in modern times with Bernstein Scholars-in-Residence, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Markus
Starts: 7:30 pm
Ends: May 5, 2017 - 9:00 pm
Description: Congregation Bet Ha'am, through the Rosalyne S. & Sumner T. Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence Fund, is proud to welcome this year’s Bernstein Scholars-in-Residence, 'The Velveteen Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Markus, co-chairs of ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the weekend of May 5-7, 2017.

The weekend marks the halfway point between Passover and Shavuot, exactly halfway between liberation and revelation. Here, the Torah teaches us “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Activities and discussions will focus on the themes of love, community, and holiness through various practical and spiritual lenses. We’ll look at how Jewish Renewal can use themes and motifs to deepen the spiritual experience of public prayer services timed to the Torah cycle and the spiritual flow of the year, how mitzvot are intertwined with ritual, and the support of Jewish community in modern times.

Friday, May 5
7:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat Evening Service
Holiness, Love, and Community - Loving your neighbor in modern times.

Saturday, May 6
9:00 AM - Torah Study
The spiritual and practical of community and renewal.

6:00 PM - Potluck Seudat Shlishit and Havdalah
Havdalah Service with a program on Illness and Healing

Sunday, May 7
10:30 AM - Adult and Children’s Workshop
Mitzvah and Mysticism - Holy Doing and Holy Being.

All are welcome!

Please contact Benjamin Gorelick in the Bet Ha'am office at 879-0028 or benjamin@bethaam.org for more information about this exciting weekend.
May 6, 2017
Torah Study, The spiritual and practical of community and renewal with Bernstein Scholars-in Residence, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Markus
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: May 6, 2017 - 10:00 am
Description: Congregation Bet Ha'am, through the Rosalyne S. & Sumner T. Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence Fund, is proud to welcome this year’s Bernstein Scholars-in-Residence, 'The Velveteen Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Markus, co-chairs of ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the weekend of May 5-7, 2017.

The weekend marks the halfway point between Passover and Shavuot, exactly halfway between liberation and revelation. Here, the Torah teaches us “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Activities and discussions will focus on the themes of love, community, and holiness through various practical and spiritual lenses. We’ll look at how Jewish Renewal can use themes and motifs to deepen the spiritual experience of public prayer services timed to the Torah cycle and the spiritual flow of the year, how mitzvot are intertwined with ritual, and the support of Jewish community in modern times.

Friday, May 5
7:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat Evening Service
Holiness, Love, and Community - Loving your neighbor in modern times.

Saturday, May 6
9:00 AM - Torah Study
The spiritual and practical of community and renewal.

6:00 PM - Potluck Seudat Shlishit and Havdalah
Havdalah Service with a program on Illness and Healing

Sunday, May 7
10:30 AM - Adult and Children’s Workshop
Mitzvah and Mysticism - Holy Doing and Holy Being.

All are welcome!

Please contact Benjamin Gorelick in the Bet Ha'am office at 879-0028 or benjamin@bethaam.org for more information about this exciting weekend.
Shabbat Morning Service with Bar Mitzvah
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: May 6, 2017 - 12:00 pm
Potluck Seudat Shlishit and Havdalah, Program on Illness and Healing with Bernstein Scholars-in-Residence, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Markus
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: May 6, 2017 - 9:00 pm
Description: Congregation Bet Ha'am, through the Rosalyne S. & Sumner T. Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence Fund, is proud to welcome this year’s Bernstein Scholars-in-Residence, 'The Velveteen Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Markus, co-chairs of ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the weekend of May 5-7, 2017.

The weekend marks the halfway point between Passover and Shavuot, exactly halfway between liberation and revelation. Here, the Torah teaches us “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Activities and discussions will focus on the themes of love, community, and holiness through various practical and spiritual lenses. We’ll look at how Jewish Renewal can use themes and motifs to deepen the spiritual experience of public prayer services timed to the Torah cycle and the spiritual flow of the year, how mitzvot are intertwined with ritual, and the support of Jewish community in modern times.

Friday, May 5
7:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat Evening Service
Holiness, Love, and Community - Loving your neighbor in modern times.

Saturday, May 6
9:00 AM - Torah Study
The spiritual and practical of community and renewal.

6:00 PM - Potluck Seudat Shlishit and Havdalah
Havdalah Service with a program on Illness and Healing

Sunday, May 7
10:30 AM - Adult and Children’s Workshop
Mitzvah and Mysticism - Holy Doing and Holy Being.

All are welcome!

Please contact Benjamin Gorelick in the Bet Ha'am office at 879-0028 or benjamin@bethaam.org for more information about this exciting weekend.
May 7, 2017
8th Annual Garden Committee Plant Sale
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: May 7, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Description: Congregation Bet Ha’am’s 8th Annual Garden Committee Plant sale will be held from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Sunday, May 7. Select from sun and shade loving plants, perennials, shrubs, and trees. Proceeds will support educational programs and food donations from our raised beds to those in need. We look forward to seeing you and seeing what you choose as just the right plant to start off your garden season!
Kindergarten
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: May 7, 2017 - 10:30 am
Family Program - Grades 1-6
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: May 7, 2017 - 12:00 pm
Description: Grades 1-6 will start in Hebrew classrooms, family program begins at 1015 AM with our Bernstein Scholars-in-Residence, Rabbis Rachel Barenblat and David Markus.
Adult and Children's Workshop, Mitzvah and Mysticism - Holy Doing and Holy Being with Bernstein Scholars-in-Residence, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Markus
Starts: 10:15 am
Ends: May 7, 2017 - 11:45 am
Description: Congregation Bet Ha'am, through the Rosalyne S. & Sumner T. Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence Fund, is proud to welcome this year’s Bernstein Scholars-in-Residence, 'The Velveteen Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Markus, co-chairs of ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the weekend of May 5-7, 2017.

The weekend marks the halfway point between Passover and Shavuot, exactly halfway between liberation and revelation. Here, the Torah teaches us “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Activities and discussions will focus on the themes of love, community, and holiness through various practical and spiritual lenses. We’ll look at how Jewish Renewal can use themes and motifs to deepen the spiritual experience of public prayer services timed to the Torah cycle and the spiritual flow of the year, how mitzvot are intertwined with ritual, and the support of Jewish community in modern times.

Friday, May 5
7:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat Evening Service
Holiness, Love, and Community - Loving your neighbor in modern times.

Saturday, May 6
9:00 AM - Torah Study
The spiritual and practical of community and renewal.

6:00 PM - Potluck Seudat Shlishit and Havdalah
Havdalah Service with a program on Illness and Healing

Sunday, May 7
10:30 AM - Adult and Children’s Workshop
Mitzvah and Mysticism - Holy Doing and Holy Being.

All are welcome!

Please contact Benjamin Gorelick in the Bet Ha'am office at 879-0028 or benjamin@bethaam.org for more information about this exciting weekend.
Education Committee Meeting
Starts: 12:00 pm
Ends: May 7, 2017 - 1:30 pm
No Grade 7 Gesher
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: May 7, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Religious School Grades 8-10
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: May 7, 2017 - 7:30 pm
May 8, 2017
Office Closed
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: May 9, 2017 - 12:00 am
May 10, 2017
Morning Minyan
Starts: 7:00 am
Ends: May 10, 2017 - 8:00 am
Finance Committee Meeting
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: May 10, 2017 - 11:00 am
Location: Congregation Bet Ha'am, 81 Westbrook St, South Portland, ME 04106, USA
Gabbai Committee Meeting
Starts: 7:30 pm
Ends: May 10, 2017 - 9:00 pm
May 11, 2017
Library Open
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: May 11, 2017 - 12:00 pm
May 12, 2017
Meditative Service
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: May 12, 2017 - 6:30 pm
Description: On May 12, from 5:30 - 6:30 PM, Jane Sloven, Sharon Newman, and Joe Py will lead us in welcoming Shabbat with meditative melodies, chanting, and silent contemplation. The Meditative worship will be held in the upstairs meditation space/classroom (room 205). Please join us!

An additional Meditative Service is planned for June 9.
Pizza Dinner by Donation
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: May 12, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Teacher Appreciation Family Shabbat Service
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: May 12, 2017 - 7:30 pm
May 13, 2017
Torah Study
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: May 13, 2017 - 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service with Bat Mitzvah
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: May 13, 2017 - 12:00 pm
Bet Ha'am Vegas Night Including Dinner, Drinks, Games, Music, and a Silent Auction
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: May 13, 2017 - 10:00 pm
Description: You are cordially invited to Bet Ha'am for Vegas Night, May 13, from 7:00 -10:00 PM. The evening will include dinner, drinks including beer and wine, games, music, a silent auction, and a chance to win a trip to Alaska!

$25 will get you in the door, dinner, your first drink, and $25 worth of chips. After that, try your luck at our poker table, blackjack, craps, roulette, and other games. The more you win, the more chances you have to win that trip! At the end of the night, you'll get one entry into the drawing for each $5 of chips you have, and one lucky winner will receive a trip for two to Alaska, including flights, hotel, a rental car, a 21-glacier cruise, and a guided hike on the Matanuska Glacier! Of course, if you're not the lucky type (or if you're unable to attend), you can buy extra chips for the drawing.

In addition, we'll be hosting a silent auction, where you can bid on prizes ranging from dinner at local eats, art, a ride on a boat, yoga memberships, and more!

All money received will be used to support Bet Ha'am's Education and Tikkun Olam initiatives.

You can register for the event online at https://bethaam.typeform.com/to/FWNjCF. If you are unable to attend but would like to find out more about bidding remotely on a silent auction item or buying into the Alaska raffle, please contact Benjamin at benjamin@bethaam.org.
Youth Group (Grades 7-12) Event: Lag B'Omer Archery at Lakeside Archery in North Yarmouth
Starts: 8:45 pm
Ends: May 13, 2017 - 11:00 pm
Location: Lakeside Archery, 55 Cumberland Rd, North Yarmouth, ME 04097, USA
Description: Archery! Fire! Food! – Lag Ba’Omer Youth Event

Calling all Jewish community teens in grades 8-12. Join your friends for a night of archery, fire, and food in celebration of Lag Ba’Omer. It will be the coolest event EVER!

When: Saturday, May 13
Time: 8:45 – 11:00 PM*
Location: Lakeside Archery, 55 Cumberland Road, North Yarmouth
Cost: $10/per person

Sponsored by Congregation Bet Ha’am

RSVP by 5-9-17 to zoe.eiber@gmail.com, on FB (search Bet Ha’am Youth Group), or 305-799-9018

Questions? Contact karen@bethaam.org or 879-0028

* Drop off before the event at Lakeside Archery.
Pick up after the event either at Lakeside Archery or the Bet Ha’am parking lot, if more convenient.
May 14, 2017
Lag B'Omer
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: May 15, 2017 - 12:00 am
Religious School Grades 8-10- Bonus Bahsis (Make-Up)
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: May 14, 2017 - 7:30 pm
May 15, 2017
Office Closed
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: May 16, 2017 - 12:00 am
May 16, 2017
Garden Committee Meeting
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: May 16, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Board Meeting
Starts: 6:30 pm
Ends: May 16, 2017 - 8:00 pm
May 17, 2017
Morning Minyan
Starts: 7:00 am
Ends: May 17, 2017 - 8:00 am
Committee Chair Calendaring Meeting
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: May 17, 2017 - 9:00 pm
May 18, 2017
Library Open
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: May 18, 2017 - 12:00 pm
May 19, 2017
Musician in Residence, Noah Aronson
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: May 22, 2017 - 12:00 am
Description: Noah Aronson, a soulful, energetic composer and performer of Jewish music is coming to Congregation Bet Ha’am, Friday May 19-Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Noah holds a degree in Jazz Composition and Piano from Berklee College of Music, has served as Composer-in-Residence at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachussetts, and for over ten years has inspired thousands with his creativity, musicality, and his playful and soulful spirit. Noah currently serves as the Creative Director of Sacred Music NY, a non-profit organization that brings together spiritual musicians from diverse backgrounds to inspire interfaith dialogue and social change. He has also served on the faculty of Hava Nashira, a songleaders’ workshop of the Reform Movement, which both Sharon Newman and Rabbi Saks have attended in recent years. Rabbi Saks and Sharon have already introduced some of his melodies into our worship at Bet Ha’am and we hope you’ll join us for a soulful, spiritual, and music-filled weekend this spring.

Please join us for Shabbat Worship on Friday, May 19, at 7:30 PM. Noah will leading us in worship. Stay afterwards for a festive Oneg.

On Sunday morning, May 21, from 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, please join us for a family-friendly concert. Noah will include our students in his concert and inspire us with his music. All are welcome!
Shabbat Service with Musician-in-Residence, Noah Aronson
Starts: 7:30 pm
Ends: May 19, 2017 - 9:00 pm
Description: Noah Aronson, a soulful, energetic composer and performer of Jewish music is coming to Congregation Bet Ha’am, Friday May 19-Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Noah holds a degree in Jazz Composition and Piano from Berklee College of Music, has served as Composer-in-Residence at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachussetts, and for over ten years has inspired thousands with his creativity, musicality, and his playful and soulful spirit. Noah currently serves as the Creative Director of Sacred Music NY, a non-profit organization that brings together spiritual musicians from diverse backgrounds to inspire interfaith dialogue and social change. He has also served on the faculty of Hava Nashira, a songleaders’ workshop of the Reform Movement, which both Sharon Newman and Rabbi Saks have attended in recent years. Rabbi Saks and Sharon have already introduced some of his melodies into our worship at Bet Ha’am and we hope you’ll join us for a soulful, spiritual, and music-filled weekend this spring.

Please join us for Shabbat Worship on Friday, May 19, at 7:30 PM. Noah will leading us in worship. Stay afterwards for a festive Oneg.

On Sunday morning, May 21, from 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, please join us for a family-friendly concert. Noah will include our students in his concert and inspire us with his music. All are welcome!
May 20, 2017
Torah Study
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: May 20, 2017 - 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service with Bat Mitzvah
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: May 20, 2017 - 12:00 pm
May 21, 2017
Closing Day of Religious School
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: May 22, 2017 - 12:00 am
Closing Day Religious School Grades 1-6
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: May 21, 2017 - 12:00 pm
Kindergarten
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: May 21, 2017 - 10:30 am
Shalom Yeladim - Shavuot/Graduation
Starts: 11:00 am
Ends: May 21, 2017 - 12:00 pm
Concert with Musician-in-Residence, Noah Aronson
Starts: 11:00 am
Ends: May 21, 2017 - 12:00 pm
Description: Noah Aronson, a soulful, energetic composer and performer of Jewish music is coming to Congregation Bet Ha’am, Friday May 19-Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Noah holds a degree in Jazz Composition and Piano from Berklee College of Music, has served as Composer-in-Residence at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachussetts, and for over ten years has inspired thousands with his creativity, musicality, and his playful and soulful spirit. Noah currently serves as the Creative Director of Sacred Music NY, a non-profit organization that brings together spiritual musicians from diverse backgrounds to inspire interfaith dialogue and social change. He has also served on the faculty of Hava Nashira, a songleaders’ workshop of the Reform Movement, which both Sharon Newman and Rabbi Saks have attended in recent years. Rabbi Saks and Sharon have already introduced some of his melodies into our worship at Bet Ha’am and we hope you’ll join us for a soulful, spiritual, and music-filled weekend this spring.

Please join us for Shabbat Worship on Friday, May 19, at 7:30 PM. Noah will leading us in worship. Stay afterwards for a festive Oneg.

On Sunday morning, May 21, from 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, please join us for a family-friendly concert. Noah will include our students in his concert and inspire us with his music. All are welcome!
Gesher - Year end program
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: May 21, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Religious School Grades 8-10 Year-End Program
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: May 21, 2017 - 7:30 pm
May 22, 2017
Office Closed
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: May 23, 2017 - 12:00 am
May 24, 2017
Morning Minyan
Starts: 7:00 am
Ends: May 24, 2017 - 8:00 am
May 25, 2017
Library Open
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: May 25, 2017 - 12:00 pm
Library Committee Meeting
Starts: 10:30 am
Ends: May 25, 2017 - 11:30 am
May 26, 2017
Tot Shabbat
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: May 26, 2017 - 6:30 pm
Description: Please join us at 5:30 PM in welcoming Shabbat with a special service ideal for families with young children. Children up to age five will enjoy this 30 minute service full of songs, stories, and blessings.

After the service please stay for a pizza dinner.
There is no fee for the dinner. Donations are welcome.
Shabbat Service
Starts: 7:30 pm
Ends: May 26, 2017 - 9:00 pm
May 27, 2017
Torah Study
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: May 27, 2017 - 10:00 am

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

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