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Our Staff and Leadership

Jared H. Saks


Rabbi Jared H. Saks has been Bet Ha’am’s spiritual leader since July 2011. He is an enthusiastic, energetic and compassionate individual who inspires us to embrace the best in ourselves and see the Divine spark in others. He fosters a sense of radical hospitality in our community and nurtures our contact with God in the connections we have with one another.

A native of New Jersey, Rabbi Saks came to Maine by way of Minnesota, where he served as an assistant and associate rabbi at Temple Israel following his ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Spanish from Florida State University and lives in Portland with his husband, Kirk Boettcher, their son, and their pup, Vegas.

Rabbi Saks’s Sermons:

We Cannot Remain Silent (January 1, 2016)

Social Justice at Bet Ha’am (December 22, 2015)

Hope in the Impossible (October 23, 2015)

Regret – Yom Kippur 5776 (September 23, 2015)

Torah In Its Time – Rosh Hashanah (September 14, 2015)

Your Moral Bucket List – Erev Rosh Hashanah (September 13, 2015)

Stand with Planned Parenthood (August 7, 2015)



Benjamin Gorleick

Executive Director

Chris Skidgel



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Chris Skidgel

Chris Skidgel is our longtime Head of Maintenance, and he also schedules and supervises all of our part-time events staff.


Sam Spinrad

Religious School Director

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Sam Spinrad

Sam joins us from the west coast, having spent his adult life teaching small children.  He brings many years of experience teaching in Religious Schools and has a unique interest and passion for Jewish Education.


Zoe Eiber

Youth Advisor


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Zoe Eiber

Zoe Eiber grew up in Miami, Florida and graduated from Bowdoin College with a Spanish major and Dance minor. She has worked with youth in various capacities: in schools as a Spanish teacher and in after-school and summer programs as an adviser and residential assistant. She is excited to be working with the youth at Bet Ha’am where she can combine her passion for working with youth with Jewish community engagement.


Teri Berenson


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Teri Berenson

Teri Berenson has been our bookkeeper since 1990. A native Mainer, Teri is a graduate of Deering High School and the University of Maine at Orono. She also volunteers with financial operations at Congregation Etz Chaim.  Before joining Bet Ha’am, Teri ran the office at Levey Day School for 13 years and assisted with bookkeeping at Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue in Portland.


Karen Hindall

Administrative Assistant

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Karen Hindall

Karen Hindall is often the first face that you see or first voice that you hear when you enter or call Bet Ha’am between 9:00 and 2:00 on Tuesday through Friday. Among other administrative and receptionist duties, Karen manages Rabbi Saks and congregant events.


Board of Trustees

Andy Bernstein
Lee Broder
Howard Glass
Samantha Johnson
Sylvia Most
Andrea Krasker Gavin

Martin Lodish
Jeremy Moser
Stuart Abramson
Gene Peters
Tom Rosen
Jeremy Stein

Mark Stone
Nathan Szanton
Lee Tabenken
Lynn Urbach
Bill Welch
Andrew Kosak

Executive Committee

  • Nathan Szanton, President
  • Lynn Urbach, Vice President

  • Tom Rosen, Treasurer
  • Andrea Krasker Gavin, Secretary

  • Andrew Kosak, Past President


ADULT LEARNING (works with the Rabbi to plan and carry out a variety of learning opportunities, including classes, discussion groups and retreats) | Louise Abramson

ART | Natasha Goldman and Toby Rosenberg

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN | Jay Geller, Ken Lehman, and Jeremy Moser

CARING COMMITTEE (responds as a congregational “family” to the needs of members who experience various life cycle events–illnesses, losses and the arrival of new babies) | Rosie Wohl, Karen Silverman, and Patti Sands

EDUCATION (helps ensure the smooth functioning of our Religious School) | Hugh Morgenbesser and Samantha Johnson

FINANCE (responsible for carrying out Board policies regarding financial matters) | Tom Rosen

GABBAI (advises Rabbi Saks regarding issues of worship and ritual) | Rabbi Saks

GARDEN (responsible for planning, developing and maintaining our beautiful gardens)  | Toby Rosenberg

HOLIDAY (behind the scenes work to help the congregation meaningfully celebrate many important dates and holidays)| Jane Snerson

HOUSE (responsible for the coordination of the maintenance and improvement of our building and grounds) | Ben Grant

JUDAICA SHOP (help to plan and maintain our unique Judaica Gift Shop) | Cynthia Weitz

LIBRARY (assist in the maintenance of our library and archives) | Donna Landau and Sherrie Bergman

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS (enhancing communication within Bet Ha’am plus promoting our services and programs to the greater community) |Open

MEMBERSHIP (welcomes new and prospective members to our community and helps to integrate them into our congregational life) | Drew Stevens

NOMINATING | Lisa Pierce

ONEG(organizes and volunteers to provide challah, flowers and snacks for our Onegs)  | Open

Tikkun Olam Council (raises awareness of social injustices and leads actions to involve the congregation in Tikun Olam (repairing our world) through our present and future acts)  | Lauren Dietlin, Andy Bernstein, Daniel Oppenheim
SPECIAL EVENTS (plans fundraisers and other special events) | Open

USHERING| Donna Landau

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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.


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.


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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