To register your child for Project Shofar, our program for children ages 3 to 9, please click here>>.
To register your infant or toddler for childcare, please click here>>.
To volunteer as a teacher with Project Shofar, please click here>>.
To purchase a Lulav and Etrog set, please click here>>.
Since its founding in 1985, Bet Ha’am has been committed to being a house of worship where all feel welcome. We invite you to join us for any Bet Ha’am service or event, including High Holy Day worship.
During High Holy Day services, everyone — members and non-members alike — wears name tags to allow us to get to know each other better. Members receive their name tags in the mail a week in advance of the holidays. We ask non-members who wish to attend High Holy Day services to contact us in advance for a High Holy Day schedule and name tag – firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be a courtesy desk available to assist you upon arriving at any holiday service.
We rely on volunteer and financial support from all us each year to ensure the strength of our synagogue community. We anticipate that those who choose to attend our Shabbat or holiday services year after year will recognize the importance of formally joining our community. Our dues policy, based on the ability to pay, ensures that everyone can afford to join. We welcome your support!
All services are held at Congregation Bet Ha’am
Selichot Evening Service – Saturday, September 16, 7:30 PM
Erev Rosh Hashanah Service – Wednesday, September 20, 8:00 PM
Children’s Service* – Thursday, September 21, 8:30 AM
Torah Study – Thursday, September 21, 9:00 AM
Worship Service^ – Thursday, September 21, 10:00 AM
Tashlich – Thursday, September 21, 12:30 PM (Time approximate after worship service)
Shabbat Evening Service – Friday, September 22, 7:30 PM
Torah Study – Saturday, September 23, 9:00 AM
Shabbat Morning Service – Saturday, September 23, 10:00 AM
Kol Nidre Evening Service – Friday, September 29, 8:00 PM
Children’s Service* – Saturday, September 30, 8:30 AM
Torah Study – Saturday, September 30, 9:00 AM
Worship Service^ – Saturday, September 30, 10:00 AM
Meditation & Healing Service – Saturday, September 30, 12:45 PM
Afternoon Study – Saturday, September 30, 2:30 PM
Afternoon Service – Saturday, September 30, 3:30 PM
Yizkor Service – Saturday, September 30, 4:30 PM
Neilah – Saturday, September 30, 5:30 PM
Break the Fast Potluck** – Saturday, September 30, 6:30 PM
* Our Children’s Services are designed for children in third grade and younger with their families.
^ During the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning worship services we will be offering Project Shofar, a program for our children ages 3 through third grade. The program is free, but children must be pre-registered. Please click here to pre-register>>
We will also be offering childcare for children under 3. Childcare is free for children who are pre-registered. There will be a $25 childcare fee for those not registered in advance. Please click here to pre-register>>.
** Please join us for our Break the Fast Potluck after the Neilah service. Please contact the office at 879-0028 to let us know what you will be bringing and how you can help with this special Bet Ha’am community tradition.
SUKKOT and SIMCHAT TORAH:
Sukkot Celebration with Potluck Dinner – Wednesday, October 4, 6:30 PM
Sukkot Morning Service with Potluck – Thursday, October 5, 10:00 AM
Erev Simchat and Consecration – Wednesday, October 11, 6:00 PM
Atzeret–Simchat Torah, Yizkor, and Potluck – Thursday, October 12, 10:00 AM
High Holy Day Parking
In addition to our own parking lot, you may also park on Braeburn Avenue or across Westbrook Street at the Thornton Heights Methodist Church Parking lot (100 Westbrook Street).
Yizkor Memorial Service
During the Yizkor service, our memorial service on Yom Kippur, Rabbi Saks will remember loved ones who have passed away during the year, since our last holy day season. If you have a loved one who died during the past year, and you would like them included in the list of names that the Rabbi will be reading aloud, please contact Karen in our office at email@example.com.
If you have a loved one who passed away at another time and you would likethem remembered in our Yizkor booklet, please contact Teri in the office at firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, September 22.
High Holy Day Food Drive
As in the past, Congregation Bet Ha’am will be conducting our annual High Holy Day Food Drive! At our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, donation envelopes will be distributed for funds that will be dispersed to local agencies and to MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.
Cash donations allow food support agencies to purchase the largest amount of food per dollar for their patrons. Should you prefer to assemble your own direct food donation, brown grocery bags will be available with a list of items needed by area food pantries. You are encouraged to donate food items or make a donation; you do not need to do both, as both are helpful to the agencies we support.
Please remember, as you make your High Holy Day Food Drive donation, to continue to support Bet Ha’am through other ways, including our Annual Fund.
Teen Volunteers Needed for Project Shofar
Teens! Help kids learn about the High Holy Days by volunteering at Project Shofar, Bet Ha’am’s program for kids ages 3 through third grade.
Project Shofar is held during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning services. Teen volunteers will sign up for 1 hour shifts, under adult supervision, to work with kids on crafts, read stories, and learn about the Holy Days while their parents attend services. To volunteer, click here to register>>.
Luvav & Etrog Sets
Order your Deluxe Lulav & Etrog set for Sukkot, to fulfill the special holiday mitzvah of the daily blessing and waving of the Lulav and Etrog.
Each deluxe set comes assembled with the Lulav, Haddasim (myrtle) and Aravot (willow) in a holder, and the Etrog (citron) in its own box.
This Deluxe set for $40 includes a guide with blessings and customs
for using the Lulav and Etrog.
Place your order here>> by Friday, September 13.
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.