Community Fun

This fall and winter, Bet Ha’am is pleased to bet thinking of fun ways for adults and families to stay engaged with our community. We will update this page with details as they become available. If you have questions, please contact the office and we’ll connect you to our fantastic outreach volunteers.

Axe Throwing
Sunday, January 26, 1:30-3:30 PM
Axe-throwing is a wonderful new social sport with deep Maine roots. Professional instructors will spend the first 20 minutes teaching us the rules of various games, and how to properly hold and throw a tomahawk. Then we’ll all channel our inner lumberjacks. It’s basically like darts, but more exciting and more Maine-y. Registration is required! Registration is limited to 20 people. $36/person. Participants must be 13 years old or older; people under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. The Axe Pit. 333 Clark’s Pond Parkway, South Portland. Please arrive by 1:15 PM.

Challah-Baking Tutorial with Standard Baking
Thursday, February 13, 6:00-8:00 PM
Come join Bet Ha’am as we learn challah baking from Standard Baking Company–a finalist for America’s Most Outstanding Baker from the James Beard Foundation in both 2018 and 2019. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn tips from one the most acclaimed bakeries on the East Coast in an intimate setting. Registration is required and is limited to 14 people. Cost is $18/person. All ages are welcome, but people under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Priority registration for members of Bet Ha’am through January 28. 75 Commercial St, Portland.
K’Sharim: Connections
Sunday, March 1, 12:00-5:00 PM
If you love Bet Ha’am but feel like you don’t really have close relationships here (or just want more close relationships), this gathering is for you! Adult members—come have some loosely facilitated discussion to really get to know each other, and do some fun baking and crafts together (or just keep talking). No prerequisites except a desire to feel more connected at Bet Ha’am. We will meet in the Bet Ha’am social hall.

Trip to Israel
Postponed to February 2020
Join our trip to Israel, led by Rabbi Saks. On this journey of inspiration and education, we will experience Israel from ancient history to high-tech innovation; explore the diversity, challenges, and triumphs of the nation; participate in family and community adventures, including a tikkun olam activity; feel Jerusalem’s holiness, Tel Aviv’s energy, the north’s serenity; meet and join leaders in the struggle for religious equality; float in the Dead Sea and ride Jeeps on Golan Heights; celebrate Shabbat with a local Reform community. We will be led by outstanding tour educators from Arza World. Please contact Karen Hindall in the office if you would like more information.

Introduction to Snowshoeing
Alas, this is canceled because we have no snow.
Snowshoeing is a fun way to embrace winter, get a low-impact workout, and enjoy Maine’s stunningly beautiful woods. At L.L. Bean, trained professionals can help students of all ages and abilities (especially first-timers!) learn this wonderful sport by providing the equipment, hands-on instruction, and lots of hot chocolate. Old or young, athlete or homebody, this activity is for everyone. Registration is required! $26/person for equipment, instruction, and hot chocolate. All ages are welcome, but people under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is limited to 14. Registration will close once the class is filled; a second section may be added if there is enough interest. Priority registration for Bet Ha’am members ends February 14. 15 Farm View Dr., New Gloucester ME 04260. 

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