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Through an exciting new program called Sowing Seeds, Braiding Community, Congregation Bet Ha’am has successfully engaged diverse constituencies from within our congregation and the greater Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Portland—and beyond.

This program was made possible by a special Incubator Grant from the Union for Reform Judaism, and with it, the Bet Ha’am Garden Committee has realized the goal of organically growing ancient, “heritage” biblical wheat varieties on our very own soil.

The project began with a kickoff event in early April 2011 called “The Mystery of Matzah: Jewish teachings on Farming, Food and Community,” and featured a full weekend of hands-on learning geared toward a diverse range of interests. Read more about the event in this Portland Press Herald article.

Our weekend study circles were led by Elisheva Rogosa–scholar, organic farmer, artisan baker, and founder of the Heritage Wheat Conservancy. For more on Elisheva, visit her website at www.growseed.org.

We planted our first crop of spring wheat shortly after the “Mystery of Matzah” event, and tended to it throughout the summer. After harvesting our beautiful wheat in the fall, we dried it, threshed it, ground it into flour, and made two hearty loaves of challah, which were shared on Sukkot.

We also planted our second crop of wheat (called “winter” wheat) in the fall, and we look forward to watching it shoot skyward in the spring of 2012—a symbol of our continuing cycle of growth and learning with Sowing Seeds, Braiding Community.


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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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