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December 16, 2018
Religious School Grades 1-6 Classroom Sunday
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: December 16, 2018 - 12:00 pm
Grade 3 Great God Hunt Program
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: December 16, 2018 - 12:00 pm
Discoveries and Success as a Teen Author with Mandi Lynn
Starts: 12:15 pm
Ends: December 16, 2018 - 1:45 pm
Description: Discoveries and Success as a Teen Author with Mandi Lynn
Sunday, December 16, 12:15 and 5:00 PM


In our religious school program, we emphasize Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, to influence our students to become mensches, good people. With the B'nai Mitzvah Project, Tikkun Olam Family Programs, workshops, youth group social action events, a social justice advocacy trip to Washington DC with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and more, we educate and empower youth.

On December 16, we welcome guest speaker Mandi Lynn, who took the initiative to discover and succeed as a teenager.

Mandi Lynn published her first novel when she was seventeen. The author of Essence, I am Mercy and She's Not Here, Mandi spends her days continuing to write and creating YouTube videos to help other writers achieve their dreams of seeing their books published. Mandi is the creator of AuthorTube Academy, a course that teaches authors how to grow their presence on YouTube and find loyal readers. When she's not creating, Mandi can be found exploring her backyard or getting lost in the woods.

There are several reasons for bringing Mandi to our school. First, our students will enjoy meeting a young adult who followed her passions and exceeded common expectations for high schoolers. Students should be able to envision themselves influencing thousands of people the way Mandi did with her Youtube channel and her novels. Second, our annual gala, A Storied Affair, will have a category for Bet Ha'am students. I want to encourage all students to write and submit by February. Third, students should hear about the obstacles Mandi faced as a minor with adult goals. When they hear what she did to reach where she is today, not far beyond high school, it will reinforce the grit within to reach their goals.

There will be two programs: one for the morning program and one for the evening program. The morning program will take place from 12:15-1:15 PM. The target age group is 4th-6th graders, but all students and families are welcome. Mandi is available to sign books after the event. In the evening, the 7th-10th graders (and any interested 11th-12th graders) will have a workshop with Mandi from 5:00-6:00 PM, also followed by a book signing. It will be a great way to wrap up our 2018 religious school year. Please join us on December 16 to hear Mandi Lynn speak!
Discoveries and Success as a Teen Author with Mandi Lynn
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: December 16, 2018 - 6:30 pm
Description: Discoveries and Success as a Teen Author with Mandi Lynn
Sunday, December 16, 12:15 and 5:00 PM



In our religious school program, we emphasize Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, to influence our students to become mensches, good people. With the B'nai Mitzvah Project, Tikkun Olam Family Programs, workshops, youth group social action events, a social justice advocacy trip to Washington DC with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and more, we educate and empower youth.

On December 16, we welcome guest speaker Mandi Lynn, who took the initiative to discover and succeed as a teenager.

Mandi Lynn published her first novel when she was seventeen. The author of Essence, I am Mercy and She's Not Here, Mandi spends her days continuing to write and creating YouTube videos to help other writers achieve their dreams of seeing their books published. Mandi is the creator of AuthorTube Academy, a course that teaches authors how to grow their presence on YouTube and find loyal readers. When she's not creating, Mandi can be found exploring her backyard or getting lost in the woods.

There are several reasons for bringing Mandi to our school. First, our students will enjoy meeting a young adult who followed her passions and exceeded common expectations for high schoolers. Students should be able to envision themselves influencing thousands of people the way Mandi did with her Youtube channel and her novels. Second, our annual gala, A Storied Affair, will have a category for Bet Ha'am students. I want to encourage all students to write and submit by February. Third, students should hear about the obstacles Mandi faced as a minor with adult goals. When they hear what she did to reach where she is today, not far beyond high school, it will reinforce the grit within to reach their goals.

There will be two programs: one for the morning program and one for the evening program. The morning program will take place from 12:15-1:15 PM. The target age group is 4th-6th graders, but all students and families are welcome. Mandi is available to sign books after the event. In the evening, the 7th-10th graders (and any interested 11th-12th graders) will have a workshop with Mandi from 5:00-6:00 PM, also followed by a book signing. It will be a great way to wrap up our 2018 religious school year. Please join us on December 16 to hear Mandi Lynn speak!
Grades 7-10 Games Night
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: December 16, 2018 - 7:30 pm
December 17, 2018
Office Closed
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: December 18, 2018 - 12:00 am
Youth Group Event (for grades 8-12) - Family Promise
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: December 17, 2018 - 9:00 pm
Location: Congregation Bet Ha'am, 81 Westbrook St, South Portland, ME 04106, USA
Description: Hang out with some cute kids and have loads of fun!
RSVP to Zoe, Kate, or Sidonia
Kate: y2021katsie@yarmouthschools.org
Sidonia: sidonia@gmail.com
Zoe: zoe.eiber@gmail.com or 305-799-9018

Upcoming events:
Red Claws January 26
Otto Pizza February 9
Movie Night April 5
December 18, 2018
Board Meeting
Starts: 6:30 pm
Ends: December 18, 2018 - 8:30 pm
December 19, 2018
Morning Minyan
Starts: 7:00 am
Ends: December 19, 2018 - 8:00 am
American Red Cross Blood Drive at Bet Ha'am
Starts: 1:00 pm
Ends: December 19, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Bet Ha'am Provides Monthly Meal at Friendship House
Starts: 4:30 pm
Ends: December 19, 2018 - 5:30 pm
Location: 390 Lincoln St, South Portland, ME 04106, USA
Description: Friendship House (390 Lincoln Street, South Portland) was built 30 years ago as a residence for men (and, initially, women) who were coming out of a rehab program and needed transitional housing before they could move into their own home.

The Bet Ha'am community has provided a monthly meal to residents of Friendship House for many many years, and we continue to do so today.

Here's how it works:
Bet Ha'am members bring an evening meal for 14-16 residents one Wednesday a month from September through May.

Faith Moritz and Solange Kellermann coordinate the meal, calling on a group of 10-12 people, who bring food to Friendship House. We suggest each person cook for about 8-10 (or more if they are so inclined). There is a theme for each month, but no one has to adhere to it too closely.

Food can be dropped off anytime during the day, as long as it's there by 5:30, when dinner is served. Faith and Solange make sure the food gets on the table by then.

The men love the food we make, and are deeply grateful for the support. Please join us in continuing this wonderful tradition.

Please contact Solange Kellerman at 577-0648 if you are interested in contributing towards our next meal.

Upcoming dates and meal themes:

September 26, 2018 (Harvest Food)
October 17, 2018 (Italian Food)
November 14, 2018 (Mexican Food)
December 19, 2018 (Middle Eastern Food)
January 16, 2019 (Comfort Food)
February 13, 2019 (Indian Food)
March 13, 2019 (Asian Food)
April 24, 2019 (Jewish Food)
May 22, 2019 (Picnic Food)
December 20, 2018
Library Open
Starts: 11:00 am
Ends: December 20, 2018 - 1:00 pm
Membership Committee Meeting
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: December 20, 2018 - 8:30 pm
December 21, 2018
Shabbat Service
Starts: 7:30 pm
Ends: December 21, 2018 - 9:00 pm
December 22, 2018
Torah Study
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: December 22, 2018 - 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: December 22, 2018 - 12:00 pm
December 23, 2018
No Religious School Grades 1-6
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: December 23, 2018 - 12:00 pm
No Religious School Grades 7-10
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: December 23, 2018 - 7:30 pm
December 24, 2018
Office Closed
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: December 25, 2018 - 12:00 am
December 26, 2018
NFTY NE December Institute for Grades 8-12
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: December 31, 2018 - 12:00 am
Morning Minyan
Starts: 7:00 am
Ends: December 26, 2018 - 8:00 am
December 27, 2018
Library Open
Starts: 11:00 am
Ends: December 27, 2018 - 1:00 pm
December 28, 2018
Shabbat Service
Starts: 7:30 pm
Ends: December 28, 2018 - 9:00 pm
December 29, 2018
Torah Study
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: December 29, 2018 - 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: December 29, 2018 - 12:00 pm
December 30, 2018
No Religious School Grades 1-6
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: December 30, 2018 - 12:00 pm
No Religious School Grades 7-10
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: December 30, 2018 - 7:30 pm
December 31, 2018
Office Closed
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: January 1, 2019 - 12:00 am
January 1, 2019
Office Closed
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: January 2, 2019 - 12:00 am
January 2, 2019
Morning Minyan
Starts: 7:00 am
Ends: January 2, 2019 - 8:00 am
January 3, 2019
Library Open
Starts: 11:00 am
Ends: January 3, 2019 - 1:00 pm
TOEC Meeting
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: January 3, 2019 - 7:30 pm
January 4, 2019
Shabbat Service
Starts: 7:30 pm
Ends: January 4, 2019 - 9:00 pm
January 5, 2019
Torah Study
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: January 5, 2019 - 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Starts: 10:30 am
Ends: January 5, 2019 - 12:30 pm
January 6, 2019
Grade 4 Parent Tu BiSh'vat Program
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: January 6, 2019 - 12:00 pm
Kindergarten
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: January 6, 2019 - 10:30 am
Religious School Grades 1-6 Classroom Sunday
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: January 6, 2019 - 12:00 pm
SPIRITUALITY, MOVEMENT AND FAITH – WITH DANIKA KUHL
Starts: 10:30 am
Ends: January 6, 2019 - 11:30 am
Location: Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave, Portland, ME 04103, USA
Description: Sunday mornings – Jan. 6, 13, 27, Feb. 3<br>10:30 – 11:30 AM<br>Location: Temple Beth El<br>Suggested tuition: $48<br>4 sessions<br>Enrollment: Minimum 8 /Max. 15<br>Registration deadline: Friday, December 28<br><br><a href="https://shalommaine.typeform.com/to/j18wx9">Register</a&gt;
Grade 7 Shiur
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: January 6, 2019 - 7:30 pm
Religious School Grades 8-10 - Quarter 3, Class 1
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: January 6, 2019 - 7:30 pm
January 7, 2019
Office Closed
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: January 8, 2019 - 12:00 am
January 8, 2019
AMERICAN JEWISH FILM – WITH ANNA WROBEL
Starts: 9:30 am
Ends: January 8, 2019 - 12:00 pm
Location: Jewish Community Alliance, 1342 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102, USA
Description: Tuesday mornings: Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 5, 19, March 5<br>(No class on Jan. 15, 29; Feb. 12, 26)<br>9:30 AM – 12:00 PM<br>Location: JCA<br>Suggested tuition: $60<br>5 sessions<br>Enrollment: Minimum 14 /Max. 22<br>Registration deadline: Friday, December 28<br><br>This film class explores the spectrum of Jewish American life and experience. Themes to be illuminated include migration, adaptation, acculturation, alienation, antisemitism, group diversity and division, Jewish humor, philosophy and more. Jewish roles in the film industry, and American responses to it, will also figure into our discourse.<br><br><a href="https://shalommaine.typeform.com/to/j18wx9">REGISTER</a&gt;
Executive Committee
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: January 8, 2019 - 6:30 pm
Garden Committee Meeting
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: January 8, 2019 - 7:30 pm
AMERICAN ANTI-SEMITISM: TROPES, MEMES AND HISTORY – WITH MATT GOLDFARB
Starts: 6:30 pm
Ends: January 8, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Location: Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave, Portland, ME 04103, USA
Description: <br>Tuesday evenings, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12 <br>6:30 – 8:00 PM<br>Location: Temple Beth El<br>Suggested tuition: $72<br>6 sessions<br>Enrollment: Minimum 10 /Max. 22<br>Registration deadline: Friday, December 28<br><br>Who started anti-Semitism? What do events in Charlottesville, Kansas City and the State of Maine have in common? We will examine current events and identify hostile voices in contemporary America.<br><a href="https://shalommaine.typeform.com/to/j18wx9">REGISTER</a&gt;
January 9, 2019
Morning Minyan
Starts: 7:00 am
Ends: January 9, 2019 - 8:00 am
January 10, 2019
Library Open
Starts: 11:00 am
Ends: January 10, 2019 - 1:00 pm
January 11, 2019
Contemplative Shabbat Worship
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: January 11, 2019 - 6:30 pm
Description: Please Join us from 5:30 to 6:30 PM as Jane Sloven, Sharon Newman, and Joseph Py lead us in welcoming Shabbat.

We intentionally leave behind the world of doing and the world of work to enter the peace that Shabbat offers. We slow down, sing beautiful prayers, settle into the spaciousness of silence, and appreciate the company of community.
Shabbat Family Service
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: January 11, 2019 - 7:30 pm
Description: All are welcome to join Congregation Bet Ha'am for pizza and our monthly Family Shabbat service. Pizza dinner (by donation) begins at 5:30 PM. The service begins at 6:00 PM. Please consider bringing a nut-free potluck dessert and staying after the service for a festive Oneg.


Additional Family Shabbat service dates for the 2018-19 school year include:

February 8, 2019
March 8, 2019
April 12, 2019
May 10, 2019
June 14, 2019
January 12, 2019
Torah Study
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: January 12, 2019 - 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service
Starts: 10:30 am
Ends: January 12, 2019 - 12:30 pm
Sparkle Havdalah: a Drag Queen Story Hour
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: January 12, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Location: Jewish Community Alliance, 1342 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102, USA
Description: Join PJ Library and our community partners along with local drag queen Miss LaJoy for Sparkle Havdalah! This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT!

Wear your sparkly best or just come as you are, as we say goodbye to Shabbat with a Potluck dinner (dairy/vegetarian, no meat please), a reading of the story "Sparkle Boy", crafts, music, havdalah and fun. This event is FREE, and all are welcome.

"Drag Queen Story Hour" captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, and where dress up is real. Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) was created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, and now takes place in communities all over the world.

For more info, email Andrea Krasker Gavin at pjlibrary@mainejewish.org
January 13, 2019
Religious School Grades 1-6 Classroom Sunday
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: January 13, 2019 - 12:00 pm
Kindergarten
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: January 13, 2019 - 10:30 am
Shalom Yeladim: Tu BiSh'vat
Starts: 11:00 am
Ends: January 13, 2019 - 12:00 pm
Education Committee Meeting
Starts: 12:15 pm
Ends: January 13, 2019 - 1:45 pm
Yoga by Donation - Maine Yoga Co-Op: Studio Collaboration Class for Preble Street
Starts: 1:30 pm
Ends: January 13, 2019 - 3:30 pm
Location: Congregation Bet Ha'am, 81 Westbrook St, South Portland, ME 04106, USA
Description: CLASS CO-LED BY VARIOUS STUDIO OWNERS IN THE PORTLAND AREA

We are so excited to be launching the first bi-annual event from the Maine Yoga Co-Op. This event was designed to simply bring the entire yoga community of Maine (and beyond) together under one roof to practice, to connect, and to build awareness around some amazing organizations doing such important work right here in Maine.

Join us in the gorgeous space of Bet Ha’am for a 2 hour yoga class co-led by local studio owners, Lily Dougher, Terry Cockburn, Elizabeth April, Melissa Landers, Kara Seymour, Genell Huston, and Erin Compton. Expect a blend of vinyasa flow, chanting, yin yoga, yoga nidra, singing bowls, guided meditation, and pranayama (breath-work).

With our first event held in January, in the midst of our very long Winters here in Maine, we will be collecting donations during this event in support of Preble Street Resource Center, helping them provide warm shelter and food for the homeless community (amongst the may other services they provide.) Use link for more information on the event location and on Preble Street.

We are using a Facebook event to collect RSVP’s for this event. So we know how many to expect, so please let us know below if you plan to make it or not.

Please come 15 minutes early to settle in. Please bring your own mat and any yoga props you will need! Cash, check, blankets, warm socks, and hand warmer donations all accepted ♥
Religious School Grades 8-10 - Quarter 3, Class 2
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: January 13, 2019 - 7:30 pm
No Grade 7 Religious School
Starts: 5:00 pm
Ends: January 13, 2019 - 7:30 pm
January 14, 2019
Office Closed
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: January 15, 2019 - 12:00 am
What Makes Chinese Food Jewish? with Rabbi Dr. David Freidenreich
Starts: 9:30 am
Ends: January 14, 2019 - 10:30 am
Location: Congregation Bet Ha'am, 81 Westbrook St, South Portland, ME 04106, USA
Description: What Makes Chinese Food Jewish?
Monday, Jan. 14, 9:30-10:30 am


Why did American Jews embrace Chinese food, and what does that say about the characteristics that make food Jewish in the first place? Join us for a fun exploration of Jewishness and a taste of the kind of learning that happens at the Maine Conference for Jewish Life (June 21-23 in Waterville).

Rabbi Dr. David Freidenreich is the director of the Jewish studies program at Colby College and associate director of its Center for Small Town Jewish Life. His research explores the place of food and ideas about Jewishness in the formation of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic identities.

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