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Fiscal Year 17 Final Documentation and Narration


Bottom line is that last year, FY17, we had a deficit of $3,927. We had budgeted a $23,272 deficit for the year.  The deficit was primarily due to a shortfall in dues and an increase in programming, offset by delaying some maintenance items and savings in utility expenses.

For the past eleven years (when my records begin) we have had a combined surplus of $59,808, while membership has decreased by about 15%.  For the past six years (since Rabbi Saks started), we have had a combined surplus of $64,986 and a slight increase in membership.

The truth is, we could use an additional $30,000 to $50,000 in income each year to accomplish what we should be doing, especially as defined by the strategic plan.  This includes additional programming, more worship options, an expanded Tikkun Olam program, and a more proactive maintenance program, to name a few.  We do a fairly good job creating a budget with a minimal deficit and adhering to it.  But without more financial support, we are not  able to fulfill our mission as well as we could be.

FY17 Financial Package

Religious School FY17>>

Balance Sheet FY17 Final Updated>>

Full Profit and Loss FY17>>

Consolidated Profit and Loss FY17>>

Surplus Deficit Table FY17>>

Mortgage Balance Current – Feb 2018>>

Dues Statement FY17>>

Religious School Statement FY17>>

Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) Survey, showing how Bet Ha’am compares with other synagogues>>

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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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