High Holy Days
All Are Welcome (No Tickets!)
Since its founding in 1985, Bet Ha’am has 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. There is no charge to join us and no tickets. We hope that you–Jewish or non-Jewish, Mainer or guest visiting from away–will join us at this time of community celebration.
Families will find that babysitting is available for children under three years old and youth programming (called Project Shofar) is available for children who may not be able to make it through a service.
During High Holy Day services, everyone—members and non-members alike—wears a name tag so that we can get to know each other better. Members receive their name tags in the mail in advance of the holidays. We ask non-members who wish to attend High Holy Day services to contact our office for a name tag. If you do not request a name tag in advance, please arrive early so that we may generate one for you at our registration desk.
We rely on volunteer and financial support from all to ensure the strength of our synagogue community. We anticipate that those who join us for High Holy Day services, for whatever reason, will recognize the importance of supporting our community so that we are here in future years. Our membership is based on the ability to pay, so that everyone can afford to join. If you are not ready to join, we would be grateful for your support of the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund or our annual fund.
Erev Simchat Torah and Consecration
Sunday, October 20, 6:00 PM
Adults and children of all ages are invited to join us and the Casco Bay Tummlers for a fun and joyful evening. We will unroll the Torah, and read the last verses of Deuteronomy and the first verses of Genesis. We will dance with the Torah and welcome children who are new to the religious school (Grade 1 and older). Students who did not celebrate consecration in the past are invited to join the consecration ceremony. Please bring a potluck dessert (fruit, baked goods, cheese and crackers) to share at our oneg (joyful reception).
Atzeret-Simchat Torah, Yizkor, and Potluck
Monday, October 21, 10:30 AM
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, blue food drive donation envelopes are available 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 also be available with a list of items needed by area food pantries–or please use your own bag. 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 by donations to our annual fund.