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Death and Dying

Rituals create stability and structure in our lives, bring meaning to the highest moments and comfort to the darkest times in our lives. The Jewish rituals that guide us through death and dying and mourning ease us back into some semblance of normalcy in our lives. As we move from arranging a funeral to burying our loved one to shiva (the intense seven-day mourning period), through sh’loshim (the less intense thirty-day mourning period), to observing yahrzeit (the anniversary of a death), and yizkor (the four times a year memorial service), Judaism helps us find a balance in our lives between moving forward and continually remembering our loved ones.

Rabbi Saks and the Bet Ha’am community are here for you every step of the way. If you are contemplating your own death and need to speak with the rabbi, his door is open. If you are making advanced arrangements for your own funeral or the funeral of a loved one, we can connect you with those in the community to help make those plans. If you have experienced a loss, we will help you through the process. Our Caring Committee will tend to you during the period of shiva and the weeks and months that follow. Please reach out to the office if you need help during this difficult time so that we can lighten your burden.

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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.

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Judaica Shop

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.

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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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