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July 21, 2018
Torah Study
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: July 21, 2018 - 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: July 21, 2018 - 12:00 pm
July 23, 2018
Office Closed
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: July 24, 2018 - 12:00 am
July 24, 2018
Bet Ha'am at Wayside - Salvation Army
Starts: 4:00 pm
Ends: July 24, 2018 - 6:30 pm
Description: 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!
July 25, 2018
Morning Minyan
Starts: 7:00 am
Ends: July 25, 2018 - 8:00 am
July 26, 2018
Library Open
Starts: 11:00 am
Ends: July 26, 2018 - 1:00 pm
July 27, 2018
Shabbat Service
Starts: 7:30 pm
Ends: July 27, 2018 - 9:00 pm
July 28, 2018
Torah Study
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: July 28, 2018 - 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: July 28, 2018 - 12:00 pm
July 29, 2018
Sunday Dinner and Learn with JTS Rabbinic Student, Leora Kling Perkins, and Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone
Starts: 3:30 pm
Ends: July 29, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Description: NEW! Adult Learning at Congregation Bet Ha'am<br><br><b>3:30 - 5:30 PM</b><br><b>Love the Foreigner, Because You Were a Foreigner</b><br><b>Taught by JTS Rabbinic Student, Leora Kling Perkins</b><br><br>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<br><br>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. <br><br><b>5:30 - 6:15 PM </b><br><b>Fully Catered Dinner</b><br><br><b>6:30 - 8:00 PM</b><br><b>Call-Out Culture and the Jewish Tradition</b><br><b>Taught by Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone</b><br><br>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.  <br><br>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.<br><br><b>Registration Information:</b><br><br>Suggested Donation: $7, with all proceeds going to support Welcoming the Stranger, a grassroots organization that helps asylum seekers integrate into the Portland community.<br><br>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.<br><br><a href="https://bethaam.typeform.com/to/Sas9Eu&quot; target="_blank">Register HERE today!</a>
July 30, 2018
Office Closed
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: July 31, 2018 - 12:00 am
August 1, 2018
Morning Minyan
Starts: 7:00 am
Ends: August 1, 2018 - 8:00 am
August 2, 2018
Library Open
Starts: 11:00 am
Ends: August 2, 2018 - 1:00 pm
After Abel Book Group with Rabbi Saks - Shiloh
Starts: 12:30 pm
Ends: August 2, 2018 - 1:30 pm
Description: 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
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: August 2, 2018 - 7:00 pm
August 3, 2018
Shabbat Service
Starts: 7:30 pm
Ends: August 3, 2018 - 9:00 pm
August 4, 2018
Torah Study
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: August 4, 2018 - 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: August 4, 2018 - 12:00 pm
August 6, 2018
Office Closed
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: August 7, 2018 - 12:00 am
August 7, 2018
Executive Committee
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: August 7, 2018 - 6:30 pm
August 8, 2018
Morning Minyan
Starts: 7:00 am
Ends: August 8, 2018 - 8:00 am
Seminar and Snacks (Summer Hebrew)
Starts: 4:00 pm
Ends: August 8, 2018 - 5:00 pm
August 9, 2018
Library Open
Starts: 11:00 am
Ends: August 9, 2018 - 1:00 pm
After Abel Book Group with Rabbi Saks - Saul's Daughter
Starts: 12:30 pm
Ends: August 9, 2018 - 1:30 pm
Description: 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.
Gabbai Committee Meeting
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: August 9, 2018 - 7:30 pm
August 10, 2018
Outdoor Family Shabbat and Picnic - Picnic Shelter at Fort Williams Park - Cape Elizabeth
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: August 10, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Description: Once again, Bet Ha’am is taking the show on the road!

Bet Ha’am Family Shabbat Service & Picnic
Tot Families Are Welcome!
Friday, August 10, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Picnic Shelter, Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth

After our picnic dinner, the sights & sounds of summer will enhance our worship.

Please consider bringing a potluck entrée or side dish to share so that we can all enjoy a friendly meal together.

The service and picnic will be held in the Picnic Shelter, a covered structure with tables and a view of the lighthouse. Enter the park through the main entrance on Shore Road. Follow the road up the hill and over the other side to the stop sign. Turn right. The entrance to the parking lot will be on the right. The Picnic Shelter is located on the hill above the parking lot.

Except in the case of severe storms, services will not be held at Bet Ha'am on Friday, August 10.

In the event of severe storms, the Family Shabbat Service & Picnic will be held inside at Bet Ha’am beginning at 5:00 PM. We will make a final weather determination by 2:00 PM on Friday. Check the Bet Ha'am outgoing phone message or the Google calendar located on the Bet Ha'am website for updates.

If you are looking a traditional worship service on Friday evening, August 10, please consider joining Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Avenue, in Portland for Kabbalat Shabbat at 5:30 PM.
Contemplative Shabbat Servcie
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: August 10, 2018 - 6:30 pm
Description: Please Join us from 5:30 to 6:30 PM as Jane Sloven, Sharon Newman, and Joseph Py lead us in welcoming Shabbat.

We intentionally leave behind the world of doing and the world of work to enter the peace that Shabbat offers. We slow down, sing beautiful prayers, settle into the spaciousness of silence, and appreciate the company of community.
August 11, 2018
Torah Study
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: August 11, 2018 - 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: August 11, 2018 - 12:00 pm
August 13, 2018
Office Closed
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: August 14, 2018 - 12:00 am
August 14, 2018
Garden Committee Meeting
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: August 14, 2018 - 7:30 pm
August 15, 2018
Morning Minyan
Starts: 7:00 am
Ends: August 15, 2018 - 8:00 am
Seminar and Snacks (Summer Hebrew)
Starts: 4:00 pm
Ends: August 15, 2018 - 5:00 pm
August 16, 2018
Library Open
Starts: 11:00 am
Ends: August 16, 2018 - 1:00 pm
After Abel Book Group with Rabbi Saks - And All the Land Between Them
Starts: 12:30 pm
Ends: August 16, 2018 - 1:30 pm
Description: 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.
TOEC Meeting
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: August 16, 2018 - 7:30 pm
August 17, 2018
Shabbat Service
Starts: 7:30 pm
Ends: August 17, 2018 - 9:00 pm
August 18, 2018
Torah Study
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: August 18, 2018 - 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: August 18, 2018 - 12:00 pm

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