http://www.bethaam.org/get-involved/library/sept-oct-2015-chadashot/The Bet Ha’am library serves as the intellectual heart of the congregation. Its mission is to provide a collection of information resources and programming relating to Jews, Judaism and Israel, and to promote Jewish literacy.
The collection includes 2,300 volumes. The library is committed to excellence in providing materials and programming to enhance educational, religious, and social activities of the congregation. The library also establishes, collects and maintains the congregational archives.
The handsome library facility offers WiFi and serves as a welcoming gathering place for reading, study and contemplation for individuals, small classes and groups, and for informal get-togethers. Baskets of toys and books are available for use by small children during services.
The library’s collection serves the Bet Ha’am family. Judaica, Hebrew texts, commentaries, histories, novels, how-to-books, tapes and CDs, an extensive reference collection, and recent magazines of Jewish interest—you’ll find them all and more on the library shelves. The collection is classified under the Library of Congress classification scheme and may be accessed from a computer in the library.
The library is open whenever the synagogue building is open.
Library cards are issued to congregants who wish to borrow books (no fines, just call to renew and return books when you are finished).
The library collection is expanded and maintained by a volunteer committee of congregants. Potential gift volumes must be reviewed by the Library Committee. Consider making a donation to the Adult Library Fund through the Bet Ha’am Donor Gallery when celebrating a simcha or remembering a loved one’s yahrtzeit. Your contribution will be used to purchase new books for the collection.
Give to the Bet Ha’am Annual Fund.
Bet Ha’am plays an important role in all of our lives, providing an open door for all during High Holidays and throughout the year.
The need for supporting the Annual Fund cannot be overstated. These unrestricted funds ensure we can cover our basic, day-to-day needs and meet our budgetary responsibilities, from salaries to building maintenance to Hebrew School supplies. Membership dues do not cover the full cost of Bet Ha’am’s operations. We rely on the generous support of our members and friends to make Bet Ha’am available to all, regardless of ability to pay.
Making a tax-deductible gift is easy. If you would like to make a contribution using a credit card, just click on the button below, and you will be taken through the quick and simple process.
To make a gift using a check or cash, please send it:
c/o BH Annual Fund,
Congregation Bet Ha’am Office,
81 Westbrook Street,
South Portland, Maine 04106
If you would like to make a gift of stock or a bequest, please contact the Bet Ha’am Office at (207) 879-0028.
You can also make a gift to our Annual Fund on behalf of a friend or family member. The Bet Ha’am office will send a letter to the individual(s) acknowledging your gesture and your gift will also be listed in our monthly Chadashot newsletter. Recognizing a loved one in this way is a wonderful way to show how important they are to you while supporting Bet Ha’am.
Bet Ha’am also participates in the “Clynk” Program! Save your recyclable bottles and cans in a green Bet Ha’am Clynk bag, redeem at any Clynk center, and all funds raised support our operating budget. Clynk bags are available in the lobby. Thank you!
To become a member of Bet Ha’am, click here
The need for supporting the Annual Fund cannot be overstated. These unrestricted funds ensure we can cover our basic, day-to-day needs and meet our budgetary responsibilities, from salaries to building maintenance to Hebrew School supplies.
Membership dues do not cover the full cost of Bet Ha’am’s operations. We rely on the generous support of our members and friends to make Bet Ha’am available to all, regardless of ability to pay.
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.